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    Action: The Albert Einstein Institution


    The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world.

    We are committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action.

    Our goals are to understand the dynamics of nonviolent action in conflicts, to explore its policy potential, and to communicate this through print and other media, translations, conferences, consultations, and workshops.

    You are invited to read the Albert Einstein Institution's 2012 newsletter and annual appeal (December 2012). Your support is crucial!
    [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Verdana]September 27, 2012: Gene Sharp shares the 2012 Right Livelihood Award.


    New: Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle: Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts,
    now available for pre-order, direct from the publisher, Oxford University Press,
    or from a number of online booksellers.

    Click here to order Albert Einstein Institution books on nonviolent action.

    Click here to order "How to Start a Revolution" (a film about Gene Sharp and AEI) on DVD.

    This website also offers many publications for free download:

    From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp
    Available for download in 27 languages

    Self-Liberation by Gene Sharp, with the assistance of Jamila Raqib
    Available in English and Vietnamese

    On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict by Robert Helvey
    Available in: English, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Spanish, and Vietnamese.

    There Are Realistic Alternatives by Gene Sharp
    Downloadable in English, Arabic, Azeri, French, and Hebrew

    Further publications on nonviolent action
    Introductions to nonviolent action
    Case studies: Eastern Europe, Latin America, more
    198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

    Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, French, Dutch,
    Farsi, Italian, Azeri, Kyrgyz, Japanese, many more.

    Video and Audio
    - "The Godfather of Nonviolent Resistance?" A radio interview by Robin Young, WBUR
    - Civilian-Based Defense: a lecture by Gene Sharp
    - Trailer for a Documentary on Gene Sharp
    - The Power and Potential of Nonviolent Struggle
    - Principled Non-Violence: Options for Action - (offsite link)
    - "What Would Gandhi Do?" A radio interview by Tom Ashbrook, WBUR

    Albert Einstein Institution in the News (Off-site links)
    The New Statesman - "Gene Sharp: The Machiavelli of non-violence," by John-Paul Flintoff, January 3, 2013.
    Interview with Gene Sharp, by Kazumoto Ohno, December, 2012 (in Japanese).
    Mainichi Newspapers "武器よりも戦略 - 混迷シリア打開のカギ" ("A weapon of strategy"), by Kazuhiko Kusano, November 1, 2012 (in Japanese).
    Ode Magazine - "Giving Peace a Chance," by Mira Zeehandelaar, October 9, 2012.
    The Progressive - "Nonviolence Strategist Gets Deserved Recognition," by Amitabh Pal, September 27, 2012.
    Deutsche Welle - "Alternative Nobel Winner says non-violence works," by Louisa Schaefer, September 27, 2012 (in English).
    The New York Times - "The Quiet American," by Janine Di Giovanni, September 3, 2012.
    Interview of Gene Sharp by Jake Shannon, August 8, 2012.
    La Repubblica (Italy) - "Non basta cacciare il regime senza un vero cambiamento" ("It's not enough to oust the regime without really changing it") by Angelo Aquaro, July 31, 2012 (in Italian).
    CNN - "Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare" by Mairi Mackay, June 24, 2012.
    La non-violence à l’épreuve syrienne by Catherine Frammery, March 15, 2012 (in French).
    Izvestia (Russia) - Владислав Сурков: «Система уже изменилась» ("Vladislav Surkov: 'The system has changed'") by Yelena Shishkunova, December 22, 2011 (in Russian).
    Al Jazeera English - "Q&A: Gene Sharp", December 6, 2011.
    Waging Nonviolence - "Choices for defecting Syrian soldiers" by Gene Sharp, December 1, 2011.
    Foreign Policy Magazine - Gene Sharp (AEI Senior Scholar) and Srđa Popović named to FP's 2011 Global Thinker's List, December, 2011.
    The Hindu - "Philosophy of the Mahatma" by Murali N. Krishnaswamy, October 3, 2011.
    The Christian Science Monitor - "Why dictators now face civilian revolt, from Syria to Swaziland" by Scott Baldauf, September 30, 2011.
    Huffington Post - "What Does Democracy Look Like?" by Azeem Ibrahmi, September 22, 2011.
    The Daily Monitor (Uganda) by John K. Abimanyi, September 26, 2011.
    The Daily Monitor (Uganda) by Mwaura Samora, September 10, 2011.
    Madagascar Tribune - "Coups d’État, élections et sauveurs étrangers" (excerpt of FDTD), July 31, 2011.
    Articles by Nakami Mari: 2007 and 2009 (in Japanese).
    Der Standard (Austria) - "'Den Kampf verstehen, um ihn zu führen'" ("'Understand the struggle, in order to lead it'") by Andreas Hackl, July 4, 2011 (in German).

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    Force Field Analysis

    Force Field Analysis is a method for listing, discussing, and evaluating the various forces for and against a proposed change. When a change is planned, Force Field Analysis helps you look at the big picture by analyzing all of the forces impacting the change and weighing the pros and cons. By knowing the pros and cons, you can develop strategies to reduce the impact of the opposing forces and strengthen the supporting forces.

    Forces that help you achieve the change are called "driving forces." Forces that work against the change are called "restraining forces."

    Force Field Analysis can be used to develop an action plan to implement a change. Specifically it can . . .

    1. Determine if a proposed change can get needed support
    2. Identify obstacles to successful solutions
    3. Suggest actions to reduce the strength of the obstacles

    Types of Forces to Consider

    Available resources Atttitudes of people Values
    Traditions Regulations Desires
    Vested interests Personal or group needs Costs
    Organizational structures Present or past practices People
    Relationships Institutional policies or norms Events
    Social or organizational trends Agencies

    The Process

    1. Start with a well-defined goal or change to be implemented
    2. Draw a force field diagram. Write the goal or change to be implemented at the top of a large sheet of paper. Divide the paper into two columns by drawing a line down the middle. Label the left column "Driving Forces" and label the right column "Restraining Forces."
    3. Brainstorm a list of driving and restraining forces and record them on the chart in the appropriate column.
    4. Once the driving and restraining forces are identified, ask the following questions:
      Are they valid?
      How do we know?
      How significant are each of them?
      What are their strengths?
      Which ones can be altered? Which cannot?
      Which forces can be altered quickly? Which ones only slowly?
      Which forces, if altered, would produce rapid change?
      Which only slow change in the situation?
      What skills and/or information is needed and available to alter the forces? Can we get them?
    5. Assign a score to each force using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning weak and 5 meaning strong. The score is based on
      a. The strength of the force
      b. The degree to which it is possible to influence the force
    6. Calculate a total score for each of the two columns
    7. Decide if the goal or change is feasible. If so, devise a manageable course of action that:
      • Strengthens positive forces
      • Weakens negative forces
      • Creates new positive forces

    Sample Force Field Analysis Diagram

    Goal or proposed change:
    To have no abandoned cars along city streets by May 1.

    Driving forces (pros) Restraining forces (cons)
    Interest in the problem has recently been expressed by advocacy groups.
    The public service director supports the plan.
    The city council supports the plan.
    Public climate favors cleaning up the city.
    Local auto salvage yards have ageed to take the cars at no cost.
    Health department cites old abandoned vehicles as potential health hazards.
    The definition of "abandoned cars" is unclear to the public.
    Owners of older cars feel threatened.
    Difficult to locate abandoned cars.
    Where to put the abandoned cars once identified?
    Expense involved in locating and disposing of abandoned cars?
    Need a procedure to verify vehicles declared "abandoned" and notify owners.


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