The New Wave of Activism – by Felipe Daza Sierra

The present paper aspires to analyze new forms of activism emerging in Georgia and other countries of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus region, as well as the challenges they are confronting. This analysis is conducted through the lens of nonviolence principles and strategy to better analyze the new culture, structure, actions and stories of the grassroots movements.

A new wave of activism is shaking up the societies of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus region. New civil society actors are emerging with new values, narratives and demands confronting the hegemonic and traditional culture. This new phenomenon is generating tensions and conflicts with political and religious institutions and forcing the transition of the civil society where civil society organizations (CSOs) will also play an important role.