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“On many occasions it deploys humor as a political weapon: Beautiful Trouble is an entertaining and audacious book which provokes smiles in the reader.”

Julia Ramírez Blanco, Re-visones


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

Seeking: LA-based part-time intern for Beautiful Trouble

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  This search is now closed. Thank you to all that applied!   Are you a detail-oriented up-and-coming activist with a passion for social change, social media, and getting stuff done? Want to expand your skill-set and increase your organizing mojo? Here is an opportunity to work with a dynamic   …Continue Reading

Seeking: Accountant/Bookkeeper for Beautiful Trouble

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  This search is now closed. Thank you to all that applied!   Are you passionate about creative activism, social movements and Quickbooks? Are you a detail oriented, number-literate activist? Here is an opportunity to work with a network of creative changemakers as they build a more solid organizational foundation   …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

From Ferguson to Palestine: Dispatch from the troublemaking frontlines

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  “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you’ve been to any of the #blacklivesmatter protests, you may have seen the slogan “Justice from Ferguson to Palestine”   …Continue Reading

What does Beautiful Trouble have to do with feminism and nonviolence?

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“I don’t have the privilege of losing hope,” said Nabila Espanioly, a Palestinian feminist activist speaking on stage. “The urgency of action requires reflection to be more sustainable and effective.” In two breaths, Espanioly addressed two ongoing philosophic activism questions — How can we find hope in such troubling times?   …Continue Reading

2015: More beautiful(s) than ever!

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Hello Beautiful Troublemakers, As my friend Max Haiven said this week, “Last year, we refused to keep losing. This year, we teach ourselves to win.” And Beautiful Trouble is right in sync with the movements teaching themselves to win. In 2014 we re-invented ourselves — into something more ambitious, more   …Continue Reading