Strategy and methods of mass civil disobedience

Have a look at this inspiring presentation at the office of Greenpeace Sweden on June 5, 2015 by Dr. Stellan Vinthagen, the world's first professor in Civil Disobedience.

He started off as a jailbird, now he is the first professor in the world in nonviolent resistance. Dr. Stellan Vinthagen is professor of sociology, a scholar-activist, and the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also a professor of sociology at the Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, University West, and a researcher at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

He is Co-Leader of the Resistance Studies Group at University of Gothenburg ( and co-founder of the Resistance Studies Network (, as well as a Council Member of War Resisters International, and academic advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). His research is focused on resistance, power, social movements, nonviolent action, conflict transformation and social change. He has since 1980 been an educator, organizer and activist in several countries, and has participated in more than 30 nonviolent civil disobedience actions, for which he has served in total more than one year in prison.

Stellan leads an inspiring, yet challenging discussion about strategy and methods of mass civil disobedience added with theory on the dynamics of power and gives ideas for nonviolent action guidelines and fundamentals to scale up a democratic and long lasting resistance movement.