Srdja Popović Talks to Vice: Non-Violent Protest Just Works [VIDEO]
Why does nonviolence work so well? Because it involves an entire population, Popović says, rather than a small group of fighters. "Popular nonviolent movements are a way for big numbers of people to participate in change, and once change is achieved, all the people consider themselves shareholders in this change," he says. "They tend to stick with their victory because they personally achieved something." Popović is living proof of civil resistance's ability to transform nations. As the founder of Otpor!, Popović organized a nonviolent youth movement that toppled Slobodan Milosevic—without the need for civil war. Today, he speaks to groups around the world (like in his TEDxKrakow video embedded above) to remind them of the power of nonviolent protest.