Covid19 pandemic is impacting socio-economic, political and cultural aspects of life in many different ways, affecting all segments of the population and especially exposing vulnerable people to higher uncertainties and risks.
The virtual conference is organized as part of the international Community Action Training – CAT programme, an educational and training programme supporting emerging nonviolent civic movements campaigning for social transformation and social change.
Graphic Recordings from Conference by Dorottya Turos
Recorded Videos from the Conference Sessions
Live Dialogues - dialogue with keynote speakers about the current trends and main challenges of activism and movements.
Live Dialogue - Tactics and Strategies of Nonviolent Activism in COVID19 Pandemic
Live Dialogue - Competence Framework for Activists
Live Dialogue - Digital organizing and digital safety
This first live dialogue opens up the virtual conference and it’s focus is on tactics and strategies in a context of social distancing. From the key-note speaker on general tactics for nonviolent action and key principles in nonviolence, various inspirational examples and cases of campaigns and actions during restricted covid19 context is presented and discussed.
• Holly Hammond, Director, Plan to Win and Commons Social Change Library (Australia)
• Tamar Tatishvili, Centre for Training and Consultancy (Tbilisi, Georgia)
This live dialogue session allows the audience to enter into dialogue with two key members of the Ulex Project. Ulex framework is made of 5 key social movement capacities (narrative, disruptive, institutional, prefigurative and resilience) from which Ulex capacity development projects are derived. Current covid19 related challenges and responses in terms of competence development of activists is highlighted, drawn from recent needs assessments and on-going capacity development programmes across Europe.
• Gee, ULEX Programme Director (Catalunya, Spain)
• Ewerist Zaremba, ULEX Project Core Team Member (Catalunya, Spain)
• Sebastian Schweitzer, senior trainer in the CAT programme for the Centre
for Training and Consultancy, Georgia
This live dialogue session allows the audience to ask specific questions on digital organizing and digital safety. Due to covid19, many campaigns and activities of activists’ groups and movements were forced to move into the digital world creating challenges and new risks, as well as a large debate on digital rights and digital security.
• Felipe Daza Sierra, Research director at Shock Monitor-Observatory of Human Rights and Business (Barcelona, Spain)
• Eto Buziashvili, Reseach Associate at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab DFRLab (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Recorded Videos from the Conference Sessions
Activists Meet-up’s - Meeting with a group of activists, presenting their objectives and tactics, and the impact of covid19 on the movement and their strategic responses.
ACTIVISTS MEET-UP: Tbilisi Pride, Georgia
ACTIVISTS MEET-UP: Shame Movement, Georgia
ACTIVISTS MEET-UP: Wake Up, Kazakhstan
Tbilisi Pride is a civic movement which opposes homo/transphobia and fights to overcome it through exercising the constitutional right of assembly and manifestation. The goal of the movement is to contribute to forming the environment, where LGBT people are protected, accepted, free and equal with the other citizens of Georgia.
• Paata Sabelashvili, civic rights activist, Tbilisi Pride consultant
• Giorgi Tabaguri, Tbilisi Pride Organiser
• Adheep Pokrel, consultant for the Centre for Training and Consultancy,
The Shame Movement is a youth-led democratic movement campaigning for electoral reforms in Georgia, which emerged from the violently repressed prodemocracy protests of June 2019.
• Salome Barker, activist of Shame Movement
• Shota Dighmelashvili, activist co of Shame Movement
• Ana Tsurstumia, Capacity Development Manager at the EWMI-ACCESS Program funded by the USAID (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Oyan, Qazaqstan (Wake Up, Kazakhstan) is a movement aiming at democratic political reforms and strengthening Human Rights in the country, especially ending political repression, developing free and fair elections, a local level self-governance system, etc. The movement was launched in June 2019.
• Dimash Alzhanov, political analyst
• Dinmukhammad Bekzhan, activist in Wake Up
• Mira Ungarova, activist in Wake Up
• Irina Mednikova, Chairwoman of the Youth Information Office of Kazakstan
Speakers & Facilitators
Key Note Speakers
Following a video input available on the conference platform prior to the Live Dialogue sessions, the audience comes into dialogue with keynote speakers about the current trends and main challenges of activism and movements, from a broader angle. A facilitator conveys the questions and feedback of the audience, whereas the session is graphically recorded live.
Note: key-note speaker’s video input watched prior to live session on the conference platform
Up to three professionals from different contexts or regions discuss a concrete issue at stake and share their opinions and perspectives. A facilitator conveys the questions and comments of the audience, whereas the session is graphically recorded live.
A meeting with a group of activists, presenting their objectives and tactics, and the impact of covid19 on the movement and their strategic responses. Activists Meet-up’s are planned in smaller group and a moderator brings up the audience questions and concerns to the activists team.