Beautiful Trouble

The people who brought you Beautiful Trouble track the new creative edge emerging among movements across the globe.

Trouble vs. Trump

As movements prepare to resist Trump, here are six key concepts drawn from the Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising toolboxes that may prove useful.

The Art of #BlackLivesMatter

Over 2014 artists and cultural workers in Ferguson and around the country responded to the shooting death of Michael Brown in a stunning diversity of ways.

January 8, 2015

What makes nonviolent movements explode?

The strange alchemy of disruption and sacrifice.

and Paul Engler
December 10, 2014

From the Berlin Wall to today — Lessons for harnessing the moment of the whirlwind

What mainstream commentators get wrong about the historic uprisings of 1989, and what civil resistance gets right.

and Paul Engler
November 7, 2014

4 ways to hit the high notes of resistance

In honor of the disruption of the St. Louis symphony to protest the killing of Michael Brown, here are a few strategic and tactical ways to use song well.

October 30, 2014

How did Gandhi win?

Lessons from the Salt March for today’s social movements.

and Paul Engler
October 8, 2014

Surviving the ups and downs of social movements

Can theories of movement cycles equip activists to persevere over the long haul?

and Paul Engler
September 3, 2014

9 extraordinary ways to use the tools of your trade in protest

In honor of Jose Bové, here’s 9 examples of farmers, janitors, musicians and fire fighters wielding their own ordinary tools in extraordinary protests.

August 27, 2014

25 years after the Soviet-American Sail — We’re still in the same boat

As part of the tidal wave of citizen diplomacy, the Soviet American Sail in 1989 helped fuel worldwide struggles for democracy, environmental work, and an end to the Cold War.

July 26, 2014

When the pillars fall — How social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage

Where insider politics fails, a transformational approach can turn the impossible into the inevitable.

and Paul Engler
July 9, 2014
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