Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Nonviolence Scholar Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp was an American political scientist and the founder of the Albert Einstein Institution, a nonprofit dedicated to the study of nonviolent action. For six decades, Sharp focused on Gandhian principles and helped develop the academic field of nonviolent action. Through the Albert Einstein Institution, Sharp supported research and studies on strategic nonviolent action while also working with resistance groups across the world. NVI has built on Sharp’s legacy by adding to his 198 methods in our public database and producing a book, Civil Resistance Tactics in the 21st Century

Inspired by the anniversary of Gene Sharp's birthday on January 21st, NVI founder Mubarak Awad reflects on his relationship with Sharp. While Mubarak's first connection with Sharp was a dispute over Mubarak's translation of Sharp's work, their friendship grew as Sharp shared literature on nonviolence and Mubarak showed Sharp what nonviolent action looks like. Please watch the following video to hear Mubarak warmly discuss his relationship with Gene Sharp.


Dictatorships are never as strong as they think they are, and people are never as weak as they think they are.

Gene Sharp, "How to Start a Revolution" documentary

Gene Sharp - Wikipedia

Gene Sharp was an American political scientist and nonviolence scholar who contributed significantly to strategic nonviolent action and resistance groups around the world. Gene Sharp passed on January 28th, 2018.

Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Sharp

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