Actions and Detail Panel
'New Media and Social Movements'
Thu 6 October 2016, 18:15 – 19:45 BST
Policy & Practice - 'New Media and Social Movements – How internet has changed popular mobilizing'
Srdja Popovic - Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (Canvas)
After the 2011 Arab spring media were fast to proclaim “Internet revolution” a game-changer in social mobilizing. How are the contemporary groups using social media for mass mobilizing – in democratic and authoritarian societies? What are the best practices of use of social media that drawn millions on the streets from Arab Spring through Hong Kong to Venezuela and Occupy Wall Street? What are pro-s and cons of using the social media? How oppressors learn censorship and surveillance in digital era? Why “Kony 2012” have failed and “Ice Bucket Challenge” still rocks? Why most effective online campaigns are only those that also have powerful “on the ground” component.
Srdja Popovic is the founder and executive director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), a non-profit organization based in Belgrade, Serbia that aims to teach the use of nonviolence to make change. Born in 1973 in Serbia (then a part of Yugoslavia), he was born and raised in Belgrade. He played a guitar in a rock band and graduated from Belgrade faculty of Biology, holding MA in animal ecology. Since early 20ties, his focus has been on activism, democracy human rights issues.
In 1998, he founded the student movement “Otpor!” (“Resistance!”) which had a crucial role in ousting president Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian dictator accused of war crimes. After Milosevic was defeated in 2000, Popovic was elected to Serbian Parliament where he served from 2000 until 2004.
Following his career in Serbian parliament, Popovic went on to develop CANVAS, which he has been the executive director of ever since. CANVAS was created with the intent of teaching people all over the world how to be successful in nonviolent conflict. The organization has worked with activists from 46 different countries, spreading knowledge of the nonviolent strategies and tactics used by Otpor! Worldwide.
Apart from being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, Popovic has been listed as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011 by the Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2014 he was listed as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Popovic is also the author of the recent book Blueprint for Revolution.
For more information: http://canvasopedia.org/