Who we are

The Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) is a non-profit, non-governmental, international network, oriented to educational work related to strategic nonviolent conflict.


logo CANVAS was established in Belgrade in 2004. Its founding members, Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic, were leaders of the Serbian youth resistance movement Otpor! (Serbian for Resistance!), which played an instrumental role in deposing Milosevic in 2000. CANVAS says it sees itself as the successor to a host of non-violent campaigners from India's Mohandas Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. CANVAS has become known for its work with nonviolent democratic movements worldwide through the transfer of knowledge on strategies and tactics of nonviolent struggle.
trougao Organizational structure

Headquartered in Belgrade, CANVAS is run by Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic. It has five members of staff who are paid as contractors and operates a network of international trainers with experience of successful democratic movements.
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CANVAS is a non-profit institution which relies solely on private funding; there is no charge for workshops and revolutionary know-how can be downloaded for free on the Internet. CANVAS does not accept funding from individual governments.