George Lakey

George Lakey’s first time arrested was in a civil rights sit-in, and most recent was in a bank that funds mountain top removal coal mining, along with comrades in Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT). He has led over 1,500 social change workshops on five continents, for groups ranging from Buddhist monks to British anarchists to Canadian labour unions to pro-democracy students in a guerrilla encampment in the Burmese jungle. He was a co-founder of Movement for a New Society and Training for Change. He is a weekly columnist for the website Waging Nonviolence and a professor at Swarthmore College. His most recent book is Facilitating Learning Groups (2010, Jossey-Bass).

Revisiting the Manifesto for Nonviolent Revolution


This is the first installment of a planned series on George Lakey’s 1976 “A Manifesto for Nonviolent Revolution.” The manifesto, commissioned by the War Resisters International and published as a full issue of the original WIN Magazine, was in many ways groundbreaking. Through the force of its own words and its adoption by Movement for a New Society, the manifesto has had a ripple effect of influence far beyond those immediately in the circle of nonviolent action.