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Training with Bend the Arc – Bay Area

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“I had a wonderful experience facilitating the Beautiful Trouble nonviolent direct action training to Bend the Arc. The participants were engaged, enthusiastic, curious, and wanting to learn the material. We were able to cover a lot of information in a short amount of time. The participants appreciated doing role plays,   …Continue Reading

Training for Trainers of Nonviolent Action

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“Amazing. Tons of new exercises, approaches, songs, games. A greater sense of comfort when in front of the room. Lots of in-depth look at the intricacies of the work we are all doing. Leaving with some clarity and tenderness for the folks walking alongside of me.” —Training of Trainers participant   …Continue Reading

What might a 2017 general strike look like?

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“Insights from Beautiful Trouble for the era of Trump.” Calls have been circulating fast and furious on social media for a nationwide general strike on February 17. But what does that really mean? A classic general strike happens when a substantial percentage of the workforce refuses to work, thus crippling   …Continue Reading

Trouble vs. Trump

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TROUBLE VS. TRUMP Insights from Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising for the era of Trump. As our movements gear up to face down the looming Trumpocalypse, here are 10 modules from the Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising toolboxes that may prove useful. By Rae Abileah, Nadine Bloch, Andrew Boyd, Paul   …Continue Reading

Beautiful Rising is LIVE! Yellow pigs, flash mobs and ping pong ball flyers, oh my!

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After two years and seven jam sessions and 120 contributions from all over the world… Beautiful Rising is finally LIVE! (And Arabic and Spanish sites coming very soon.) Bursting with stories and hard won insights from activists across the Global South, the toolbox is an interactive platform for building better   …Continue Reading

Making trouble at the conventions

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On Wednesday, July 13th, the BTTN Hangout Live! series continued in part 3 with artivistas and creative action organizers for the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention. Beautiful Trouble will be joined by creative activists/organizers taking their work to the National Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia in the next two   …Continue Reading

“Cultivating Another World Possible” — Student social justice art exhibit at LMU

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This project was the culmination of LMU’s 2015-2016 Alternative Breaks Program, where students have an opportunity to participate in immersive, educational social justice oriented trips to different places around the globe. During a re-orientation meeting upon students’ return, BT Trainer Chelsea Byers led a 2-hour workshop on “Art as a   …Continue Reading

Beautiful Solutions is hiring! [closed]

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5/26/16: The following positions have been filled. Thank you for your interest! Beautiful Solutions is hiring for two new positions: Assistant Project Manager and Assistant Editor. Please forward these positions to anyone you think might be interested! Thank you, the Beautiful Solutions team   Beautiful Solutions Assistant Project Manager Beautiful   …Continue Reading

Will you be our valentine? ?

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ACTION: Show love to Beautiful Solutions by making a gift today Dear Friend, ‘Tis the season of HAL (Hallmark-Approved-Loving) and we at Beautiful Trouble are FEELING the love. The love of changemakers around the globe who are developing innovative strategies for making our world more just, sustainable and democratic—for us   …Continue Reading

Contribute your ideas and stories to Beautiful Solutions

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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