KEEP IT CIVIL (AND DISOBEDIENT): the power of non-violent direct action
In this episode:
Is mobilising 3.5% of the population all it takes to achieve political change? As Extinction Rebellion continue their latest action in London, we’re talking about the ideas behind non-violent civil disobedience.
We hear from some of those involved in Extinction Rebellion, before spokesperson Zion Lights talks us through their theory of change. Historian Talat Ahmed explains Gandhi’s approach to civil disobedience and how this has inspired movements since. And Serbian activist Srdja Popovic tells us about the principles of effective non-violent strategy that he teaches to campaigners around the world.
Zion Lights (@ziontree), Extinction Rebellion spokesperson
Dr Talat Ahmed, history lecturer at University of Edinburgh and author of ‘Mohandas Gandhi: Experiments in Civil Disobedience’
Srdja Popovic (@SrdjaPopovic), founder of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies
BBC: The '3.5% rule': How a small minority can change the world (May 2019)
The Times: We’ll win fight with maths, vow Extinction Rebellion (Apr 2019)
YouTube: Erica Chenoweth: The success of nonviolent civil resistance (Nov 2013)
History of civil disobedience
Talat Ahmed: Mohandas Gandhi: Non-Violent Resistance and Civil Disobedience (Feb 2019)
YouTube: Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator (Jul 2015)
The Guardian: Srdja Popovic, the secret architect of global revolution (Mar 2015)
NY Times: The Quiet American: Gene Sharp (Sep 2012)