I have just read a book by Srjda Popvic and Matthew Miller

static1.squarespace “Blueprint for Revolution – How to use Rice pudding, Lego men and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators or simply change the world.”

Popovic was part of the movement that overthrew Slobodan Milosevic and helped establish democracy in Serbia.

 I am not planning a revolution.

Well ……actually I am…I am planning to revolutionise Mariannhill Mission Press.

I want a better Mariannhill in a “Hostile” business world.

I thought to look at how some individuals and organisations have dealt with violent dictators in a non-violent way.

I think it would be easier to adopt a policy of violence to fight back against violence so the fact that there are tips and techniques to consider that are non-violent interested me.

What I really liked was their out of the box thinking.

To do well in our business, our organisation, our parish, our school we could learn from out of the box thinking.

 “Dream Big, Start Small.” – is a chapter title

and I think this is a good place to start.

A Revolution is not just a change, it is a big change, a 180 degree change.

We don’t need to go that big in our organisation. Start Small. We might have a bog important worthy message – but start small. Get some small victories first.


Analytic tools  – need to understand the environment

But don’t mix tools with Substance

Don’t make your “Mission” about a platform – or defined by a platform.


Make sure your team understands and buys into what you are trying to achieve.


Make sure your team does what it is supposed to do.

In your “Revolution” you will be doing something very different from intuitive action – maintain discipline.

Be Creative – think outside the box – think as if there was no box

Humour is powerful.  Use this tool!

One time, Popvic and his team used toys. They bought some toys that recorded your voice and then played it back to you.  They then recorded anti-Milosevic messages, they set timers on these toys and then hide them in sewers and rubbish bins near a public rally that Milosevic appeared at. All of a sudden and a once these toy voice messages were heard all over the town and the international press got some great photos of police digging in rubbish bins to find the source of the messages.

So….how can you get a good message out there in a peaceful legal and safe way that no one else has thought of?

How are you going to get your message out there?  ….watch this space