How to teach the revolution?

Srđa Popović talks with Margaret Childs at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017

How do you become a revolutionary? Is there a school where you can learn tactics for progressive action and effective resistance?

As a matter of fact, there is! It is called the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) and was founded in Belgrade by Srđa Popović, a youth activist who helped topple Slobodan Milošević in 2000. Drawing on this experience, Popović seeks to educate pro-democracy activists around the world in progressive non-violent resistance. He spoke with Metropole’s Margaret Childs about his fascinating work in such countries as Burma, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Tunisia, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. Watch the full debate:


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Cover picture: Yugoslav police guard plain-clothed colleagues carrying away an old oil barrel with a picture of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević pasted on it after if was seized from a demonstration of the local students’ OTPOR (“Resistance”) organization on the main town square of Uzice (some 200 kilometers southwest of Belgrade) on Monday, 11 October 1999. The students were offering passers-by to stress their demand for a resignation of Yugoslav President Milosevic by beating the barrel with a stick, box it with their fists or kick it with their feet. Photo: © Mzwele / EPA /

Vienna Humanities Festival

The Vienna Humanities Festival, organised by the IWM, Wien Museum and Time to Talk, is a series of around 40 Events (in German and English) which took place from 22 till 24 September 2017 for the second time at the Wien Museum, TU Wien, Evangelische Volksschule and Radiokulturhaus.

The topic of 2017 “Revolution!” ranged from Russia in 1917, the 1968 movement and the Fall in 1989, to the most recent upheavals in the Arab countries and in the Ukraine.

“Lobbying can be a powerful tool for social change.”

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“Lobbying can be a powerful tool for social change.”

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“It’s elites who turn against democracy, not the people.”

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