“An inspiring account of those magic moments of mischief that can transform our lives – a book that shows how to poke your tongue out at tyrants without having it cut off”

Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of
Crimes Against Humanity:
The Struggle for Global Justice


Big changes often start with acts that looked pointless at the time: small acts of resistance, bold acts of defiance, subtle acts of subversion, even witty acts of disobedience. Small Acts of Resistance celebrates the inspiring ingenuity and awe-inspiring courage of the human spirit and pays tribute to those who have been standing up to say “no”. Telling the stories of more than eighty acts of resistance, spanning the world and the 20th and 21st centuries, this book pays homage to the groups and individuals that treat the impossible as the possible that just hasn’t happened yet.

Small Acts… Gallery

In Burma, even to hold a photograph of the banned opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is dangerous. Still, though, her face appeared on an official banknote. The ruling generals were furious.

Credit: Tom Pilston/The Independent

Still from the documentary Stroll with the TV News, from director Grzegorz Linkowski. The television set helped change everything.

Credit: Grzegorz Linkowski

Tehran, June 2009. Iranians used mobile phones, Twitter, Facebook and more to share with the world the images and sounds of their protests against the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


“Dress conservatively” was the instruction from Burma’s military junta to those celebrating the country’s traditional water festival in 2009. This was the result.

Credit: Khin Maung Win/AP

Khartoum, November 2008. A Sudanese journalist gets her message across.

Credit: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Kathmandu, Nepal, January 2006. Three months later, the repressive monarch gave way.

Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images