Friday, 11 October 2013

Creating Positive Change in a Non-Violent Way, 1: Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi has been revered world-wide as a role model of creating positive change in a non-violent way. I think it is therefore worthwhile if we try to learn from him.

Please watch the movie Gandhi (available at: and think about it. Then answer the following questions:

1. Please describe at least 5 of the non-violent strategies that Gandhi uses in his attempt to gain equal rights and independence & illustrate each with a concrete example (from the movie or other sources you are familiar with).

2. Think about 5 contexts in your own life in which you could use these - or similar non-violent - strategies to create more equality, freedom, happiness, love, or other, similarly positive outcomes. Use examples that are reasonably "safe," i.e. make sure you find contexts in which it is highly unlikely that you might get killed or that you might get insured or hurt or imprisoned etc if you act that way. Stick to simple things that you can actually do in the real world - but be very specific and concrete. Try out at least ONE of these examples in reality.

3. Identify one of the main global problems we face in the 21st century. Imagine you are Gandhi. Describe how you would go about solving this problem. Since answering this question, unlike question #2, is a purely mental/fictional exercise, you can imagine to be as courageous as Gandhi was and you can take personal risks. However, please do NOT act this out in reality - at least not as long as you are a student at FDU Emoji

Please post your answers as comments - and feel free to read and comment on your friends' comments....

Thank you!


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