The current developments in the Arab world can be difficult to follow. When I stumbled across an article claiming that “Egyptians and Tunisians collaborated to shake Arab history” (New York Times, 13 Feb 2011), I wanted to know more. My research quickly lead me to Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy (1993) – an essential tome for those that want to engage in nonviolent regime change.
Is there a perfect model for the political change? Probably not. Situations vary. Still – one of my hobbies is to look at great campaigns and identify success factors. I’ve been such a great fan of Greenpeace’s strategic approach to environmental campaigning that I introduced its model to a group of digital rights activists last weekend in Hamburg: