How to start a revolution

A story about the power of people to change the world and about a man who for more than 50 years has helped people overthrow their dictators. His name is Gene Sharp and although he is unknown in many parts of the world, his 198 methods for making a revolution have lit the fuse in various corners of the planet.

The revolutionary power of nonviolent resistance

From a very young age, his training led him to want to transform the world into a better place and leave it in better conditions than when he found it. He was very clear that the best way to fight against authoritarian regimes was to do so through nonviolent resistance.

His simple manual "From dictatorship to democracy", translated into 30 languages, has clandestinely crossed borders. The latest technologies have spread it like wildfire and its idea that there is a powerful alternative to violent conflict has caught on in revolutions such as the Serbian, the Ukrainian, the Iranian or the most current of the "Arab Spring."

Economic, psychological and social weapons against oppression

"How to start a revolution" illustrates with testimonies and archives, some of the forms of rebellion such as economic boycott, civil disobedience or protests, applied in different political contexts. The activists of the Serbian, Ukrainian and Egyptian revolutions tell us how they followed the methods of Gene Sharp and overthrew their tyrants. They fought with economic, psychological and social weapons, the most powerful fight against oppression, injustice and violence.

Prominence recovered thanks to the internet

The theories of this American scholar continue to be transmitted massively today through the Internet. From Burma to Tunisia, his achievements have been unquestionable and governments such as Venezuela and Iran have accused him of working for the CIA, in favor of the expansionist policy of the United States.

The current leaders of the Arab revolutions, which are currently taking place, tell how Sharp's theories penetrate the people and cause oppressed people to achieve freedom in a self-sufficient way.