Nonviolent Solutions Agency

We help you win conflicts against dictators

— Think & Act Tank


We are committed to promoting nonviolent methods of action and advocating individual rights for civic participation. Nonviolent Solutions Agency is a think & act tank made by activists and experienced experts in international relations, nonviolent action, media analysis, civic campaigning & civic tech. We provide IT, social and media research, consulting and training for people and organisations throughout the World. Our area of expertise is not limited to any particular region although we mostly work in postcolonial contexts.




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Online project of the European Civic Studies Academy is a partnership of renowned academicians and practicians in civic studies from the Tufts University, University of Maryland, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Augsburg University.

Our Team

Dmytro Potekhin
Dmytro is former policy analyst of the embassy of Japan to Ukraine who left the embassy in 2000 to join protests against the Kuchma regime. After the failure of the protests he started and managed a US-funded fair vote project of the 2004 Orange revolution, which managed to prevent falsification of the election. Since 2005 he has provided nonviolent strategies training and advise to dozens of activist groups throughout the world. Dmytro is currently developing a counter-disinformation tool with Stanford University and finishing his book about a modern concentration camp in the occupied city of Donetsk. He is a co-founder and CEO of the startup.
Iryna Kupchynska
Iryna holds Master degree in Public Relations from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Her research was concentrated on Ukraine’s image and stereotypes in media coverage on Ukraine. Currently works in communications for non-governmental sector. For three years Iryna has been a project coordinator of NGO ”Ukraine’s Image Agency” and editor-in-chief of the “Oko”, program, that collects and analyses articles on Ukraine in foreign media. She was also invited as a lecturer on media ethics in UNDP/UN Women projects and as a media literacy trainer by various organisations. She is a member of “Global Ukrainians” network, Australia-based Ukraine Democracy Initiative and USA-based initiative “Razom for Ukraine”.
Alex Pavlenko
Alex has more than 20 years of experience in the software development business. He stives to use technology to promote human rights and values to make the world a better place. His experience with innovative startups and at the enterprise level already brought about a number of fin-tech, mobility and other initiatives systems widely used across the globe. Alex worked with such companies as DirecTV, Harman, Belden Group and others. He was recognized by the IBM as an inventor in the AI field.
Oleksiy Popovych
Oleksiy is a co-founder of startup. He began to work professionally in automotive business since 1997 as a marketing and advertising manager and started his own automotive trading company in 2003. Now Oleksiy is a entrepreneur and public activist, a founder of companies in the retail, real estate, agriculture, and alternative energy. He worked as a senior lecturer of International Economics in Chernivtsi State University and Kyiv Trade and Economic University. Oleksiy heads "Inspiring City" NGO providing civic and business education and development of the cities. He is also a board-member of the Joint Efforts Agency, the organizer of the School of Mayors.
Maximilian Hess
Maximilian Hess is the Head of Political Risk Analysis an Consulting at AKE International in London, where he also heads the Europe and Eurasia desks. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on the relationship between trade, debt, international relations, and foreign policy, as well as the overlap between political and economic networks. Maximilian advises Nonviolent Solutions Agency and project.

Last Posts

Prisoners and Captives in Ukraine
Usurpation of Power in Ukraine 2010-2014: The Role of the National Media
Dmytro Potekhin: How I survived dungeon of Donetsk