Marti Olivella

Martí belongs to the first group of conscientious objectors to military service (1975-1977). Since then, he has dedicated his life to the promotion of nonviolence and social innovation in various associations such as Nova, of which he is a director, International University of Peace of Sant Cugat, in the José Vidal Llecha Association (Memorial per la Pau), and previously at the Joan Bardina Center of Studies and EcoConcern.

His secret to never give up and have boundless energy is simple but infallible: “sleep well and be positive”.

Having a degree in Communication Studies, he is an author of a book El poder del diner: la Monètica, factor de canvi polític.  He was an initiator of Fòrum Català per Repensar la Societat, a facilitator of the Alliance for a responsible and solidary world, an advisor for the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004.

Since 2002, Martí has participated in UBUNTU, World Forum of Civil Society Networks, the International Council of the World Social Forum and the Forum of Porto Alegre in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011. He has promoted a project of conversion of the Castle of San Ferran in Figueres into the Castle for Peace (since 1997). He was an organizer of three international meetings Culture of Peace with nonviolent civilians and militaries. He was also an initiator from Catalonia of Nonviolent Peace Force, Catalan Marches for the Culture of peace, the collectives New culture of energy, and Active campaign.

Marti has been a coordinator of the project supporting civil society organizations in the Middle East which are looking for a nonviolent strategy to transform conflicts in the region (LaOnf), as well as a promoter of Barcelona Consensus process which is looking for intercultural alternatives to neoliberal globalization. He is currently working in the B-MINCOME Project, giving support to the citizen currency REC in Barcelona.