Why Peaceful Resistence Is More Effective Than Violence: Srdja Popovic
He also says that non-violent action is ten times more likely to result in a durable democracy than violent action. Trying to achieve a stable democratic through force yields a success rate of about 4 per cent. But when you use people-power and tactics that do not involve the use of death and destruction—you have a 41 per cent chance of creating a stable democratic environment. How do you achieve these outcomes? Popovic says there are three pillars to success in a non-violent movement: Unity, planning, and non-violent discipline. You need to ensure that your group is acting in unison, he says, because it only takes one person acting out to derail your momentum and discredit your movement. It is also key, he says, to ensure that you are using the right tactics for the cause you are fighting for. You must take into account where you are hosting these movements and ensure that it will be the most effective—and safest—way to bring attention to your cause.
His speech, like his other presentations, had the audience captivated by his powerful message. Tackling serious subjects without taking himself too seriously, Popovic advocates for changing the world not with guns or bombs—but with people, knowledge, and humor. That's how he overthrew Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic in 2000 (with the youth movement Optor! that he founded). As he teaches us in his talks, peaceful revolutions are not often talked about as much as non-peaceful ones. However, if we start the conversation, we can inform others that changing the world doesn't have to be a violent affair.