” … thoughtfully and respectfully addresses some very tough tactical issues that have stymied organizers for a long time.”

Gary Shaul, long-time organizer


Beautiful Trouble Pocket Edition available now

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Hello Troublemakers! We’re thrilled to tell you that we’ve just launched the brand new pocket edition of  Beautiful Trouble. Now you can dig into the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest in a volume that fits in your pocket as you head to the streets. Sophisticated enough for veteran   …Continue Reading

Volunteer Web Wrangler needed to improve creative action toolbox

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Praised as “elegant and incendiary” by Naomi Klein, the Beautiful Trouble creative action toolbox is currently looking for a volunteer web wrangler to help take our site to the next level. —————– Start date: ASAP Stipend: pending next phase of funding Hours: 10-15+ hours/week Location: Anywhere there is Internet. The Web Wrangler   …Continue Reading

New book by BT contributor Daniel Hunter

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  Hello Troublemakers! Beautiful Trouble contributor Daniel Hunter (tactics: Public filibuster and Nonviolent search and seizure) has just published Strategy & Soul: a campaigner’s narrative of fighting billionaires, corrupt officials, and Philadelphia casinos. From a kitchen table in Philadelphia, organizers Jethro Heiko and Daniel Hunter strategize to stop a widely   …Continue Reading

Visualizing trouble

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Visualize Beautiful Trouble

 We are excited to launch an experimental navigation interface for the
 contents of the Beautiful Trouble book. We wanted to play around with
 alternative ways of seeing the book’s contents and making connections 
between the different entries. This visualization does just that! Built by 
Marian Dörk at   …Continue Reading

BT review. ¡In Spanish!

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The latest edition of the Re-visiones features a bilingual review of Beautiful Trouble, in English and Spanish. Re-visiones is a dual language magazine published annually in various formats on topics of art, visual theory, aesthetics and visual culture. In the review, entitled “Beautiful Trouble o cómo moverse entre el arte y   …Continue Reading

Generating Momentum — Activist training with Beautiful Trouble

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  Generating Momentum with Beautiful Trouble by Dave Mitchell, co-editor and author of Beautiful Trouble “Our annual activist leadership training camp provided a copy of Beautiful Trouble to every participant this year, and it instantly became an invaluable (and favorite!) training resource. Used as a reference point in many workshops,   …Continue Reading

Holiday sale–20% off Beautiful Trouble

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  Dear Beautiful Trouble supporters, This holiday season be like Santa and give the gift of Beautiful Trouble to your favorite troublemaker. From now until midnight December 21st you can order a copy of Beautiful Trouble for just $20 — that’s 20% off the list price of $25. Or, you can order   …Continue Reading

BT invited along on 350.org’s “Do the Math” tour

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Not only did Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein star in the “Do the Math” tour — 350.org’s national tour of US this fall to organize campuses to divest from the fossil fuel industry — but so did Beautiful Trouble. Every progressive with a laser printer or a t-shirt shop wanted to   …Continue Reading

Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Daily inspired by Beautiful Trouble!

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Whole Living Daily, a subsidiary of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, talks with Beautiful Trouble’s co-editor and author Andrew Boyd to describe how to temporarily take over a parking space and create your own mini-park (see parkingday.org for some inspiring examples). Highlighted BT tactics and principles include “Direct action“, “Use the   …Continue Reading

2 launch events in Calgary this week!

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Troublemakers, join contributing author Yutaka Dirks at two events this week to celebrate the Calgary launch of Beautiful Trouble! Toronto-based tenant organizer, social justice activist and Beautiful Trouble contributor Yutaka Dirks who will present the new activist toolkit – Beautiful Trouble – and some of its key ideas, followed by an open   …Continue Reading