Home Search Cases Editors' Choices Ideas Resources
Editor Login


We all hear discouraging news about threats and damage to the environment, human rights, etc., and we only rarely hear about people and organizations worldwide who are responding and often finding solutions to these issues. Many of these stories can be found in this databse. The issues that this database seeks to address include peace, social justice, environmental concerns, ethnic conflict, corporate abuse, preservation of biological and cultural heritage, among others.

This collection of over 1,000 instances is intended to provide:

  • a source of information
  • a source of encouragement
  • A reminder that you are not struggling alone and that it is not hopeless

Included with the successes are also partial or temporary successes, promising but incomplete efforts, and failed efforts that are worth a second look. 


Actions can often be applied to different situations. For instance, a strategy for protecting the environment might also be useful for protecting human rights. So, try browsing to find more valuable strategies and tactics.  Just randomly browse through the database, or look at the "Editor's Choice" cases.

Please keep in mind that there are many factors that make for success or failure in a given situation, and that everything contains the seeds of its opposite. No success or failure is ever complete or permanent.


Your comments, corrections, and new success stories will directly help others around the world who are struggling with similar problems.  We want to make this project as useful as possible. We ask for the following:

  • How useful is this for you? Are there parts that are particularly useful, or parts that are difficult? Is the language ok for those of you who are not fluent in English? Any advice on making it better?
  • If you find a case that needs to be corrected or updated, please let us know by using the "Feedback, this Case" link on the case page.
  • Please send us more stories of successful efforts, using the "Feedback" button at the top of every page. Just a simple text describing the story will be enough for us to work with.(NOTE: due to spamming, the feedback button has been temporarily removed.  Use "comments on this case" instead, even for general feedback.)
  • Let us know of any strategies that you think should be added to the "selected" list.


For several years, the database has operated on a shoestring - but now the shoestring is in danger of wearing out. The main cost is website maintenance and processing new case histories. There is now a large backlog of success stories that are waiting to be processed. The cost is not great, but is more than we have. To keep dbsst.org up to date and working well, we need about $3,000, and we have to reluctantly ask for support from you.

So, if you are using this site and find it valuable, please consider making a donation. We promise your funds will be put to very good use. Use the donation button below, or send a check to:

MFP, PO Box 1233, Nederland, CO 80466 (USA), and put a note on the check: DBSST.

If you have questions, please contact Arden Buck, creator of dbsst.org


The Mountain Forum for Peace
PO Box 1233, Nederland CO 80466
  308: Lithuanian Civilian Defense Utilizes Non-violence Tactics

"The Lithuanian government had the people's support when it declared independence in March 1990. That support could only be earned and sustained by preserving the peaceful character of the attempted political and social changes. On December 22, the declaration, 'A Republic in Danger', was announced, urging citizens 'to adhere to the principles of nonviolence and non-cooperation with the occupational... 

  Read more
  882: Girl Gang Banger Turns Into Girl Savior

"Summary: At the age of 13, Isis was the rebellious daughter of a single mother, a social worker who kept a home where academic proficiency was expected and achieved. But Isis was hungry for attention, the kind of attention that over 66,000 kids in big cities and small towns all across America find by joining high school gangs. In high school, Isis discovered that the crazier she acted, the more p... 

  Read more
  6: Pulling up Monsanto GM beets in Ireland

"On 5/1/97, the Irish EPA granted Monsanto license to plant genetically modified (GM) "Roundup Ready" sugar beets. The Irish group "Genetic concern!" obtained a judicial review and an injunction against the planting, but on 5/27 the injunction was lifted and the beets were planted. A judicial review was granted but scheduled for December - after the first GM crop would have been harvested.

  Read more
  251: Restoring degraded land with Analog Forestry

"Analog Forestry is a method to restore deforested and degraded lands and to offer people new sources of income, food, and other essential needs. The method has made it possible to restore the microhabitats of existing forests and has seen the return of growing numbers and varieties of birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles. Analog Forestry is a system of silviculture, which imitates the... 

  Read more
  700: Successful Tactics for Grassroots Organizers

"Excellent tactics used before the 2004 vote to ensure honest voting in Arkansas (one of the more difficult states to work with to met this goal). It includes a wealth of useful practical suggestions for carrying out these kinds of actions.... 

  Read more

Database of Successful Strategies and Tactics
Copyright © 2001-2007 DBSST.org. All Rights Reserved.
Disclaimer and Notices