Late Dr. Gene Sharp was someone who made a meaningful contribution to numerous people’s lives. He articulated and advanced the cause of non-violence for change in his academic and professional career that spanned more than six decades. His books and writings influenced numerous anti-government resistance movements around the world and his works have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Not only his books have been powerful and have brought about significant impact around the world, but they are also free. Dr. Sharp openly gave away his life’s work to anyone and everyone he could without expecting anything in return. Due to his selfless contribution, people had better access to the wisdom and knowledge of how to spark effective non-violent political revolutions. Not only did Dr. Sharp crack the code on launching non-violent revolutions but he also shared this knowledge with countless people, which ended up freeing millions of people around the world. His non-profit organization, The Albert Einstein Institution, never received a dime from any government or government-funded entity. It operated with a very minimal budget out of Dr. Sharp’s home with a staff consisting of two people – Dr. Sharp and a young administrator. It’s remarkable how he was able to bring the above-mentioned phenomenal changes right from his office in Boston and a major driving factor was that he gave all of his works away freely to the world.
Using our talents and creative abilities does not mean that we need to undertake huge projects. We can start small and inspire others because even little acts of kindness and contribution can go a long way. Technology has made giving away our talents fearlessly easier than ever. Through blogging and creating meaningful audio and video creations and uploading and sharing them on podcasting and video-sharing platforms on the Internet, we can positively impact anyone across the globe. A movement is just a few clicks away.