Studied Political Science at The University of Oxford under Alan Bullock
Wrote "The Politics of Non-Violence" in 1973
Runs "Albert Einstein Institution", founded in 1983, out of home in Boston, with intent to spread non-violence as a means to democracy
Wrote "From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework from Liberation" in the 80's
Director of Program for Nonviolent Sanctions at Center for International Affairs at Harvard, 1987
Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2009
Has written 30 books and has 900-page guide to "self-liberation: on his website
Gives speeches and lectures and workshops dedicated to his mission
World Events: Ukraine: 2004 Orange Revolution propelled opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to triumph, then flooded Kiev's Independence Square with orange flags
Serbia: 2000 presidential elections. "Gotov Je!" "He's Finished!" stickers/t-shirts/posters ousted President Slobodan Milosevic
Egypt: 2011 Thousands sing, dance, pray at Tahrir Square, Cairo
Myanmar: Burmese stunned that there were alternatives to 20 yrs of killing, requested book
"From Dictatorship to Democracy" spread from Myanmar, to Indonesia, to Serbia. Translated into over 30 languages.
Important Names: The Frontline Club- London's journalism hub
Albert Einstein- in addition to being a leading figure in science, was a strong proponent of Non-violence and wrote to Gene Sharp. Strong influence on Sharp.
Arne Næss- philosopher who invited Sharp to join Institute of Social Research in Oslo
Alan Bullock- Taught Sharp Political Science at Oxford. First biographer of Adolf Hitler
Ruaridh Arrow- Journalist/filmmaker who made documentary "How to Start a Revolution" about Sharp's work. In Egypt during Arab Spring.
Robert Helvey- Met sharp in 1987, Korean War Vet, sympathetic to rebel groups in Myanmar, helped connect Sharp to Burmese rebels.
Jamila Raqib- Executive Director of Albert Einstein Institute, "organizing influence, watchdog, second brain when Sharp's memory fails him."
Discuss: 1. How have his ideas changed world, helped various uprisings?
2. Is non-violent conflict better than violent?
3. Is there a real distinction between research on non-violent conflict and peace research?
4. Why is a bio included in this collection? is it to inspire? Or just for background info?