How to topple a dictator

People-powered resistance: can it work?

Srdja Popovic led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000; he lays out the plans, skills and tools that a people-powered movement needs — from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor.


Tiny plastic protesters hold up signs in Occupy Lego Land, a diorama at Occupy Wall Street.

Laughtivism (a portmanteau of laughter+ activism) is strategic use of humor and mocking by social nonviolent movements in order to undermine the authority of an opponent, build credibility, break fear and apathy and reach target audiences.