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Beautiful Trouble is one of my most dog-eared books!

Mary DeMocker, Co-founder and Creative Director of 350 Eugene


TEDx talk with BT co-editor Dave Mitchell

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This June 4th, Beautiful Trouble co-editor Dave Oswald Mitchell presented some core tenets of creative troublemaking through a discussion of  “The Grammar of Social Change.” His TEDx talk, given to an audience of 300 in Saskatoon, Canada, is now available through TEDx Regina. In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth   …Continue Reading

“Food Fight!”

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With the “Fight for Fifteen” campaign for a living wage for fast food workers just starting to get traction in Los Angeles, SEIU Local 721 hosted a Beautiful Trouble training for their entire organizing staff. Trainers Nadine Bloch, Hector Flores and Diana Pei Wu worked alongside BT Training Director Gan   …Continue Reading

“Art is a Hammer” with BT’s Gan Golan at Netroots 2013

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Beautiful Trouble’s new Director of Training, Gan Golan, will co-host a training session entitled “Art is a Hammer: Reshaping the Narrative Through Cultural Intervention” at the 2013 gathering of Netroots Nation, June 20 – 23 in San Jose, California. Along with Liz Manne and Favianna Rodriguez, Golan will lead participants   …Continue Reading

Announcing: Beautiful Trouble Trainings!

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Beautiful Trouble creative direct action training in Boston, April 2013. Photo by Kelly Creedon. Hello Troublemakers! Since we launched Beautiful Trouble, we’ve been telling people that the book is a training program just waiting to happen. Well, the wait is over: it’s happening! The grassroots organizers, artists and strategists who   …Continue Reading

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