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How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men and other Nonviolent Techniques To Change the World by Atrey Bhargava (A'21)

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How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men and other Nonviolent Techniques To Change the World by Atrey Bhargava (A'21) Jul 05

The title comes from Srdja Popovic’s book, Blueprint for a Revolution

As part of the IGL’s Oslo Scholars program, this summer I am interning with Srdja Popovic and his organization, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action Strategies (CANVAS). Since reading Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, I always had the idea that it was an amalgamation of both non-violent and violent protest that led to a positive outcome for any given society. In retrospect, the naivety of this assumption amuses me. Both through empirical readings of innumerable non-violent protests to my conversations with Srdja and the other trainers, I have come to understand non-violent “people power” and its ability to be more effective than any violent protest. In fact, it is not morality but the higher probability of success from non-violent revolutions that drives CANVAS.

Jun 07

The Freedom To Connect with Activists across the World by Claire Trilling (A'19)

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I stepped off the plane in Oslo, Norway excited to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering of the world’s most notable human rights activists, journalists, policymakers, technologists, and artists who share the goal of making the world a more democratic and peaceful place.

Aug 30

What Should be the Role of NGOs in Fighting for Human Rights? Summer at the Albert Einstein Institution by Sara Arman

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This summer I am working remotely for the Albert Einstein Institution as an IGL Oslo Scholar. I am working for Jamila Raqib, the executive director of the institution who was an Oslo Freedom Forum Fellow. The Albert Einstein Institution works to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action.

Aug 29

There Are No Cookie Cutter Solutions to Building Democracy: CANVAS in Belgrade by Zara Rancheva

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It would not be an overstatement to say that, during my first month of work at CANVAS, I was perpetually awestruck.

Jul 11

Oslo Freedom Forum and an Internship with Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti Violence Organization by Anne Hall

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“As Salam Alaykom” I greeted my mentor, Dr. Nada Dhaif, excitedly over a skype call in early May. We chatted briefly about the expectations and responsibilities interning remotely for BRAVO (Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organization).

Sep 07

Preventative mental health program in Kashmir schools by Ogul Girgin

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“They make a devastation and call it peace” - Agha Shahid Ali

Aug 05

Finding Hope During a Grim Summer: a Nonviolent Solution to Terrorism? by Shawn Patterson

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Every week, the interns at the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) write a report that summarizes recent world news. Between a new outburst of global terror attacks and the draconian responses of governments, it has been a grim effort.

Jul 27

Reporting for Team Suleiman by Hnin Darle Lin

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Oslo Scholars from Tufts University and Mcgill University outside the City Hall with last year's OFF speaker, Suleiman Bakhit, right before entering the Monday evening reception hosted by the mayor of Oslo.

Jul 21

Mental Health and Kashmir's Youth by Liam Flaherty

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Photo (left to right) top row: Tufts' Liam Flaherty, Ogul Girgin, Nora Nord, and Seth Gray. Bottom row: Healing Kashmir's Justine Hardy and Ritu Konsam

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