Blueprint for Revolution


Blueprint for revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego and other non-violent techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

by Srdja Popovic

We just loved this book – from the title to the acknowledgements. It is not often you read a book to get to really thinking about how to change the way you do things but Blueprint for Revolution is one such book. These ideas started with the brave men and women from Otpor! who took on the Serbian dictator Milosevic armed only with a sense of humour and a burning desire for change. They have worked around the world challenging the high and the mighty, and taking in some homicidal regimes on the way –  with some notable successes ( and some failures).

Brimming with ideas how to  change the world for the way you want it. It just remains for you to work out how to use the ideas in this book. Warning –  you do need a sense of humour or at least a sense of the ridiculous

The author of Blueprint for a Revolution – Popovic – now works for an organisation that helps train pro-democracy activists.

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Contents –  Blueprint for Revolution

  1. It can never happen here
  2. Dream big. Start small
  3. Vision of tomorrow
  4. The almighty pillars of power
  5. Laugh your way to victory
  6. Make oppression backfire
  7. Its unity, stupid!
  8. Plan your way to victory
  9. The daemons of violence
  10. Finish what you started
  11. It had to be you
  12. Before we say goodbye

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Weight 350 g


  1. Peter Andrews

    by Peter Macfadyen – author of Flatpack Democracy

    After delving into the potential wisdom of a more violent approach to creating alternatives to dysfunctional democracy, in Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Ghandi, I have moved on to a more peaceful approach: Blueprint for Revolution is one of the most inspiring books I’ve read for years. There is much to learn for anyone involved in trying to engage the wider public with a view to regime change. Sroja Popovic’s experience is from his key role in undermining Milosovic’s Serbian dictatorship – and he has gone on to train and support uprisings from Tunisia to Syria. However, many of the basic ideas apply as equally Frome as they do to Egypt.

    Central themes include: How to judge what actions are worth doing while staying alive; making oppression backfire; the importance of planning……. and the ‘demons of violence’ – how (he feels) that when the violence is succumbed to, the whole process can be undermined.
    Many of the books examples are hugely inspiring – especially those that use ‘Laughterism’ – undermining the pompous Powers That Be in ways where they cannot engage without looking even more stupid. This is as relevant in Frome as in dictator situations* as we work to bring more people into political discussion and engagement and need to show the system up for what it is.

    *(It’s increasinlgy unclear to me whether we do live in a non dictator situation).

    So far non-violent wit has my vote…… BUT it’s got to be edgy enough to make a difference.

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