“To be clear, this book is primarily about action.”

Paul Kuttner, CulturalOrganizing.org

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For the last four years, Beautiful Trouble has shared powerful stories of people coming together to resist injustice across the world. Our books, online tools and global training program equip communities with strategic frameworks and tools to take action creatively and effectively. We believe that to fight injustice, we also   …Continue Reading


Trouble in the UK

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  The Beautiful Trouble Training Network is almost three years old and has already conducted over 40 trainings for a variety of groups in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Led by people on the frontlines of injustice in these movements, the Network has been hugely supportive to a wide range of   …Continue Reading


Beautiful Trouble: The game

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“The change-making game for game-changers” Imagine taking the greatest movement victories of the last 100+ years and teasing out the core strategies and tactics that made them successful — then adding in the most contagious solutions people are working on today to make the transition to a just and sustainable   …Continue Reading


Beautiful Trouble — in seven languages!

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In a continued effort to get this information into the hands of troublemakers around the globe, Beautiful Trouble is available in seven languages (and counting!) Most of the foreign editions are initiated by local artist-activists and showcase the most creative social change efforts in each country.   GERMAN Beautiful Trouble: Handbuch   …Continue Reading


Russian edition is making waves

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Our allies have been keeping busy after the release of Beautiful Trouble’s Russian edition.  Yuliya and Helen of 350.org recently organized an “Energizer Camp” for 20 environmental activists from Ukraine and surrounding countries. This full-day workshop on creative campaigning (aka – “Artivism for Beginners”) focused on the role of metaphors and   …Continue Reading


First BT Training Network HangOut, with the (sur)real Black Body Survival Guide

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The first BT TN HangOut, Live!, feat. the (sur)real Black Body Survival Guide took place Wed Aug 5th at 5 pm PT// 8pm EST. This launched a BTTN LIVE! series showcasing the latest and greatest in creative action news from around the globe; & offer a platform for BT Trainers and allies to   …Continue Reading


Russian edition of Beautiful Trouble has arrived!

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Have you heard the news? The latest international version of Beautiful Trouble is hot off the press and stirring up trouble! Published by the anarchist publishing cooperative Radical Theory and Practice, this Russian edition of Beautiful Trouble features a handful of new Russian case studies and a gorgeous cover design with   …Continue Reading


Beautiful Trouble is reinventing itself… again!

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Hello Troublemakers, Last week we reported on what turned out to be the inaugural gathering of the Beautiful Trouble Training Network. We promised a follow-up post to describe the new collective vision for the Network that is unfolding, and outline a potential path forward. Well, this is that post. But   …Continue Reading


BT’s first ever Training for Trainers, um, Network Gathering (Part 1)

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Over Memorial Day weekend, 23 intrepid movement builders traveled by plane, train, automobile and bicycle (yes — bicycle! David Sievers from Avaaz rode his bike 14 miles from the train station) to the gorgeous Watershed Retreat Center in Millerton, New York for the first ever Beautiful Trouble Training for Trainers.   …Continue Reading


Joyeux Bordel — new French edition already causing trouble!

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In early February, while on the train from Paris, members of the non-violent Basque action group Bizi devoured an early release copy of “Joyeux Bordel” (that’s French for Beautiful Trouble) that they had just picked up from the ATTAC France offices. Inspired, they thought up the action “requisition cityoenne” before   …Continue Reading