Organizing in Increasingly Repressive Environments: Pushing Against Criminalization

With the global rise of authoritarianism, civil society is experiencing an unprecedented crack down around the world. Drawing from the experiences of organizations in Florida, Brazil, and Nicaragua, the conversation explored the challenges and opportunities of organizing in contexts where freedom of expression and assembly are severely restricted. Key questions addressed include: What tactics have […]

Mediation for Movements: Managing Intra-Movement Conflict


Co-Hosted by The Horizons Project and the Global Grassroots Support Network See clips from the event and resource here. The Intermestic (international-domestic) Learning Series aims to: Strengthen relationships among activists, organizers, peacebuilders, and democracy practitioners across the globe; Facilitate opportunities for cross-border learning around strategies and tactics for pushing back against authoritarianism and advancing diverse, […]

Bridging Towards a Just, Inclusive, Pluralistic Democracy

The Horizons Project and the Othering & Belonging Institute were energized to co-host this event for the National Week of Conversation. We explored what it means to bridge in a way that builds empathy and understanding while centering justice and our common humanity. Watch the recording for this event. Background Our society is at a […]

Unlocking Collaboration Across Difference: Exploring Narrative Practices for Broad-Based Movements in Contexts of Democratic Decline

March 29, 2023, 13:00 – 14:30 EST Watch the recording for this event. Background Amid democratic backsliding, rising authoritarianism, and the securitization of our civic spaces, activists and organizers working for democratic change are seeking to reach across deep societal divisions and work across movements. The narrative practices that social movements employ to nurture diverse […]

Facilitating and Training in Cross-Sector Movements: Turbo-Charging Efforts for Coordination and Collaboration

Public Webinar on Wednesday, September 14 from 2pm-3:30pm ET to discuss Facilitating and Training in Cross-Sector Movements: Turbo-Charging Efforts for Coordination and Collaboration. Watch the recording for this event. This event brought together movement trainers, facilitators, and organizers to discuss the current state of movement-building support in the US and how training and convening spaces […]

A Citizen-Led Approach to Revitalizing Democracy


This was part of Upswell's Bridging Toward Belonging pop-up summit on June 21 from 2:10-3:10 pm ET! Watch the recording for this event and access the slide deck and resources here. At a time when authoritarianism is on the rise globally, democracy experts have been sounding the alarm bells for the global community to act […]

12th Annual Peacemaker Awards Celebration

Julia is the featured workshop leader at Community Boards' 12th Annual Peacemaker Awards Celebration. Her workshop is entitled New Narratives for Peace. 

$75 – $150

A Community-Led Approach to Revitalizing American Democracy

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm ET The Horizons Project is excited to be a part of the #ListenFirst coalition and co-host this event with Beyond Conflict and Urban Rural Action for the National Week of Conversation.  Watch the recording for this event. The call from all sides of the American divide is to protect and […]

Do This in Memory of Me

Maria presented on the power of nonviolent, nonmilitary actions in Ukraine to Pax Christi, you can watch the video. During her discussion she referenced the following resources: University of Notre Dame/Kroc Institute Webinar, Civil Resistance in Ukraine and the Region Eli McCarthy,  5 Ways to Support Courageous Nonviolent Resistance (Waging Nonviolence) Maria J. Stephan, It’s […]

Is Nonviolence Always the Best Option?

Maria was a Discussant in a recent conversation on the limits of non-violent resistance in the context of escalating repression sponsored by The Resistance Bureau.

Civil Resistance in Ukraine and the Region

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 12-1:30pm EDT How does civil resistance work and what can it achieve? Hosted by Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, this panel shared how civilians are using strategic civil resistance to diminish the power and impact of the Russian military. In Ukraine, civilians replace road signs to confuse Russian […]

SXSW: A Culture of Peace: Narrative & Cultural Strategies

SXSW @ Austin, TX Austin Marriott Downtown, Austin, TX

You can watch Julia's SXSW 2022 presentation as she discussed how everyday citizens can help create a culture of peace by incorporating social science research on impactful framing strategies that resonate with the US public. Making peace more actionable and not passive; incorporating bridge-building metaphors into our communications and relying heavily on the value of interdependence […]

E-Book Launch: 21st Century Mediation

The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies convened this event to launch a new e-book, featuring a chapter on Adaptive Leadership for Peacebuilders written by Horizons' Chief Network Weaver, Julia Roig! "What does it mean to be a peace leader in this time? What kind of leadership is needed in a polarized world? How could organizations adapt […]

Book Launch: The Checklist to End Tyranny


Nonviolence International hosted another installment of its webinar series: "We Are All Part of One Another," featuring Horizons Project Co-Lead and Chief Organizer, Maria J. Stephan. Maria joined Peter Ackerman and other civil resistance experts from around the world for the launch of Ackerman's new book, The Checklist to End Tyranny. In this book, Ackerman […]

Democracy Narratives and Sacred Values

Narrative engagement has become an essential competency for all social change leaders. What is the essence of the stories that underpin how we and others are making sense of the issues we care about? And how can we communicate more effectively about our values, and incorporate others’ values to galvanize collective action for change? While […]

Good vs. Toxic Polarization

As part of the Horizons Project, an initiative of PartnersGlobal Institute and Humanity United committed to strengthening practical dialogue between the social justice, peacebuilding, and democracy communities in the US, we are examining ways to address the deep polarization that threatens the foundations of our democracy. On the one hand, polarizing narratives are a key […]

A Book Talk with Kazu Haga on Healing Resistance

This event was cohosted by PartnersGlobal Institute, Humanity United, East Point Peace Academy, On Earth Peace, and the Kingian Nonviolence Network. This discussion was part of a series of practical dialogues on the intersections of peacebuilding, social justice, and democracy through the Horizons Project, an initiative of the PartnersGlobal Institute and Humanity United. Horizons Project […]