Why Dictators Don't Like Jokes: Social Change Speaker Srdja Popovic
Humor can be a powerful tool in the advancement of non-violent movements. "For one," Popovic writes in the article, "humor breaks fear and builds confidence." Second of all, it adds a "cool factor" to the movement which attracts new members—a crucial component to success as the more people you have on your side, the more successful your campaign. "The best acts of laughtivism force their targets into lose-lose scenarios, undermining the credibility of a regime no matter how they respond," he concludes. "These acts move beyond mere pranks; they help corrode the very mortar that keeps most dictators in place: Fear."
Sweeping social and political changes can be achieved without the use of violence or force, as Popovic himself showed with Opor!. In his entertaining and informative keynotes, he shares his first-hand experience protesting injustice around the world. Named as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, and a widely respected voice on social change, Popovic shows audiences how to overcome oppression in a peaceful way. He details what is needed to catapult a revolution to success—and how we can play our own role in toppling oppression and tyranny.