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Paul Kuttner,

Dave Oswald Mitchell

Dave Oswald Mitchell is the Editorial Director of the Beautiful Trouble project, including serving as managing editor of both Beautiful Solutions and Beautiful Rising. He edited the Canadian activist publication Briarpatch Magazine from 2005 to 2010, and his writing has been published by a smattering of small, radical magazines and journals with space to fill. His interests include books, beer, brevity, alliteration, free association, lists of things, and going elsewhere.

Contributed Modules

Case Study: The Teddy Bear Catapult

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June 10, 2012

It was a classic summit protest at the height of the anti-globalization movement. Thirty-four heads of state from across the Americas were gathering in Québec City to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a sweeping trade deal with deeply anti-democratic provisions. Protests had been called, tens of   …Continue Reading

Tactic: Flash mob

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June 10, 2012

To organize a show of dissent on short notice; to quickly replicate a successful tactic in a dispersed yet coordinated way; to create a shared moment of random kindness and senseless beauty.

Theory: Society of the spectacle

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May 25, 2012

Modern capitalism upholds social control through the spectacle, the use of mass communications to turn us into consumers and passive spectators of our own lives, history and power.

Theory: Anti-oppression

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May 22, 2012

Anti-oppression practice provides a framework for constructively addressing and changing oppressive dynamics as they play out in our organizing.

Theory: Floating signifier

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May 9, 2012

An empty or “floating” signifier is a symbol or concept loose enough to mean many things to many people, yet specific enough to galvanize action in a particular direction.