” … a useful and impressive compendium of decades of distilled practical knowledge.”

Justin Jacoby Smith, Red Pepper

The Book


Beautiful Trouble is a book and web toolbox that puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers.

Get the full-text version or the pocket edition — in print or as an e-book. Order through our publisher via the links below, or through Amazon.

Bulk sales at a discounted rate are available! Write us at getintouch at beautifultrouble dot org for details.


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The full edition

Beautiful Trouble brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, Code Pink, SmartMeme, The Ruckus Society, Beyond the Choir, The Center for Artistic Activism, Waging Nonviolence, Alliance of Community Trainers and Nonviolence International, Escola de Ativismo, 350.org and The New Organizing Institute.

publication June 2012 • 474 pages • illustrations throughout

paperback ISBN 978-1-935928-57-7 • ebook ISBN 978-1-935928-58-4

The full book $25, ebook $10, both $28


The pocket edition

Sophisticated enough for veteran activists, accessible enough for newbies, this compact pocket edition of the bestselling Beautiful Trouble is a book that’s both handy and inexpensive. Showcasing the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy, this generously illustrated volume can easily be slipped into your pocket as you head out to the streets. This is for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there. Includes a new introduction by the editors.

publication May 2013 • 140 pages • illustrations throughout

paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-15-2 • ebook ISBN 978-1-939293-16-9

Pocket edition $13, ebook $7, both $18


The gift edition

Purchasing a gift edition of Beautiful Trouble allows you to buy an original edition of the book to be given to a deserving revolutionary on a tight budget. All gift editions of Beautiful Trouble purchased by our supporters will be distributed to frontline activists in our Beautiful Rising workshops in the global south, to deserving artists and campaigners in our training program, and to activist resource centers and libraries. Help us spread the beautiful word to by purchasing a gift edition today.

publication June 2012 • 474 pages • illustrations throughout

paperback ISBN 978-1-935928-57-7

The full book $25


Look Inside:

Take a quick tour through the book’s table of contents and a few sample modules.