Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World Paperback – February 3, 2015
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“The title is no exaggeration. Otpor’s methods . . . have been adopted by democracy movements around the world. The Egyptian opposition used them to topple Hosni Mubarak. In Lebanon, the Serbs helped the Cedar Revolution extricate the country from Syrian control. In Maldives, their methods were the key to overthrowing a dictator who had held power for thirty years. In many other countries, people have used what Canvas teaches to accomplish other political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting the environment.”—The New York Times
“A clear, well-constructed, and easily applicable set of principles for any David facing any Goliath (sans slingshot, of course) . . . By the end of Blueprint, the idea that a punch is no match for a punch line feels like anything but a joke.”—The Boston Globe
“An entertaining primer on the theory and practice of peaceful protest.”—The Guardian
“With this wonderful book, Srdja Popovic is inspiring ordinary people facing injustice and oppression to use this tool kit to challenge their oppressors and create something much better. When I was growing up, we dreamed that young people could bring down those who misused their power and create a more just and democratic society. For Srdja Popovic, living in Belgrade in 1998, this same dream was potentially a much more dangerous idea. But with an extraordinarily courageous group of students that formed Otpor!, Srdja used imagination, invention, cunning, and lots of humor to create a movement that not only succeeded in toppling the brutal dictator Slobodan Milošević but has become a blueprint for nonviolent revolution around the world. Srdja rules!”—Peter Gabriel
“Blueprint for Revolution is not only a spirited guide to changing the world but a breakthrough in the annals of advice for those who seek justice and democracy. It asks (and not heavy-handedly): As long as you want to change the world, why not do it joyfully? It’s not just funny. It’s seriously funny. No joke.”—Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties and Occupy Nation
About the Author
Srdja Popovic is a Serbian political activist and executive director of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). He was a leader of the student movement Otpor!, which helped topple Serbian president Slobodan Milošević. He has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, NYU, and the University of Colorado, among others. He lives in Belgrade.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I believe I heard about this book from Arnold Schwarzenegger, on his second Tim Ferriss podcast appearance. He proposed that climate activists focus on air pollution rather than "climate change." The gist being that air pollution is currently killing 7 million people per year, and you can actually see the pollution in many places – outside my window included. It's easier to persuade people to fix something currently happening to them, rather than by getting them to worry about some unknown thing that might happen at an unknown point in the future.
This book is written by Srdja Popovic, who was a founder of Otpor!, an opposition group that helped engineer the overthrow of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milošević. It's easy to by inspired by the Egyptian revolution happening in Tahir Square, and ignore the years of small victories, coalition-building, and careful branding that preceded it. This, Popovic argues, is probably why the Occupy movement (which Popovic suggests should have been called a more inclusive "99%" movement) fizzled out in the U.S..
It's an engaging read, with stories of him and his team coaching activists from places like Ukraine, Egypt, and Syria. He illustrates how to create change through humorous pranks, or by focusing strategically on something that affects a wide swath of people. For example, Otpor! released turkeys costumed as Milošević's wife so that news outlets would cover Milošević's police chasing them and looking ridiculous.
He also tells stories of how focusing on cottage cheese helped fight wealth inequality in Israel, how Harvey Milk used dog poop to get people to care about gay rights, and how, as the subtitle suggests, rice pudding was used to launch a revolution in the Maldives.
Hopefully, someone will collaborate with Popovic and help him come up with a handy graphic organizer/workbook type item for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the ideas presented, and who may benefit from the structure that such an item would provide.