Srdja Popovic

Srdja Popovic
  • Executive Director
    CANVAS

Srdja Popovic is a political party and nonviolent movement leader with experience in targeted communications, motivation and peer-to-peer mentoring. As a founding member of the Otpor! resistance movement and member of Serbia's Democratic Party, his expertise unites partisan and NGO sector skills and knowledge. He has been active in Serbia's democratic movement since 1992 as a member and activist of the Democratic Party, a member of the Municipal Assembly of Vracar (1997-2008), the Belgrade City Assembly (1997-2004), the Serbian National Assembly (2000-2004) and environmental adviser to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia (2000-2003). Since 2003, Popovic has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), an international network of trainers and consultants engaged in knowledge transfer on nonviolent democratic change. He has organized more than 25 workshops on nonviolence, 15 conferences and 10 prominent academic institutions around the world. He has co-authored two books: Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points (2006) and CANVAS Core Curriculum: A Comprehensive Guide for Nonviolent Struggle (2007), downloadable in several languages. He has written numerous articles and been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Foreign Policy Magazine and Wired as a leading expert and trainer in nonviolent transitions to democracy.