Claudia in Germany sent me this: "
this might be interesting for you:
Gene Sharp received the “Right Livelihood Award” (in german also called: “Alternativer Nobelpreis”)
... “… for developing and articulating the core principles and strategies of nonviolent resistance and supporting their practical implementation in conflict areas around the world.” Gene Sharp is the world´s foremost expert on nonviolent revolution and has been described as the "Machiavelli of nonviolence". In a lifetime of academic work, he has established nonviolent action and people power as a successful means of political change. Sharp’s writings on nonviolent struggle have been used by social movements around the world, from the jungles of Burma to the streets of Serbia and Tahrir Square in Egypt during the Arab Spring.
…and by the way – all my egyptian friends/relatives have never ever heard of Gene Sharp and his book!".