* Training & Organizing Resources
Much here is based on “analysis, vision and strategy” of Movement for a New Society (MNS 1971-1988), allied organizations, and the highly effective ongoing campaigns and movements they continue to inform and inspire. Find more at ActivistTools.org, MovementforaNewSociety.org, MNS Authors+Books, and key and historic resources and records from scores of activist NGOs, in the Swarthmore Library Peace Collection.
Email us at: Activist (AT) ActivistTools.org
Beautiful Trouble Monthly Jams: FREE online trainings to help you use BT’s great resources and tools more efficiently and to take advantage of its hidden gems.
See Bill Moyer’s final training video (for MNS) and his highly acclaimed Movement Action Plan, plus 8 Stages, 4 Roles and Strategy.
Training Centers, Trainers, Courses,
Webinars, Workshops & More
NOTE: An * indicates those founded or largely led by Movement for a New Society alumni.
- *Training For Change: Movement Capacity Building at the Grassroots
- *Beautiful Trouble Monthly Free Trainings
- *Class Action: Inspiring and teaching activism to end classism
- *Nonviolence International (NVI), archive, database, webinars, internships; DC
- *International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)
- *United for a Fair Economy: Toolkit, workshops, guides, charts, reports, events
- TheChangeAgency.org: An extensive library of activist education
and training resources to achieve social and environmental justice
- Center for Third World Organizing: To help build and sustain
a thriving racial justice movement led by communities of color
- CWA: Labor, Union and Worker Power: Archives, Guide and Manual
- Highlander Research and Education Center : Grassroots organizing
and movement building in Appalachia and the South
- *Institute for Policy Studies: Wash., DC (See Chuck Collins and John Feffer)
- James Lawson Institute: Training for nonviolent direct action and civil rights
- Midwest Academy (also its Community Organizing Internship )
- Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
- *Sociocracy For All: Egalitarian self-governance, facilitation skills,
Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and guide, “Many Voices One Song”
- Youth Activism Project: Helps teens build skills, networks and resources to lead
- *Waging Nonviolence: News, Analysis and 8 skills of a well-trained activist
- ActivistsToolbox.com: Youth site offers tools, info and advice for effective action
- MORE LINKS for Activist Training: Nonviolent Change Resources, Skills, More
The Movement Action Plan (MAP):
8 Stages, 4 Roles, Campaign Strategy
“Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements.”
This essential guide provides the most usable theory and working model for understanding and analyzing citizen movements and how they can best succeed in the long term. Bill Moyer (with co-authors JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley and Steven Soifer), brilliantly compare MAP to nine popular models of social movements taught at universities, and apply MAP to five social movements: civil rights, anti-nuclear energy, gay and lesbian rights, breast cancer, and anti-corporate globalization. They conclude with a chapter on the future of activist strategies.
- Four Roles of Activists: Effective vs. Counterproductive
- The 8 Stages of Social Movements
- SLIDESHOW: 7 Graphic charts explain MAP’s 8 Stages
- Strategy and Tactics Overview by Bill Moyer
- Order “Doing Democracy” or Borrow it free!
- Also from CommonsLibrary.org
- See a further exploration in This Is an Uprising: How
Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
by Mark & Paul Engler; See DemocracyUprising.com
Bill Moyer, MNS co-founder and developer of the widely acclaimed “Movement Action Plan” authored many seminal resources linked at ActivistTraining.org, including:
Movement Action Plan video: Moyer’s final (48 mins.)
Author Bill Moyer (1933-2002) was a globally acclaimed organizer, writer, educator and trainer in nonviolent social movements, active in a dozen countries for forty years. He was SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) staff for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the American Friends Service Committee, Movement For A New Society, Keystone Safe Energy Alliance, and Executive Director of the Social Movement Empowerment Project in San Francisco.
Also see our sister portal ActivistTraining.org &
Borrow/download free books, articles, films & videos:
- OpenLibrary.org, Archive.org, Archive-it.org, and Wayback Machine
- Open Book Project & iBiblio.org (Library of E-books)
- WorldCat.org: The world’s largest library catalog of materials online.
- JSTOR (Journal Storage): digitized peer-reviewed scholarly and literary journals, academic monographs, research reports, and primary sources from libraries’ special collections and archives; plus full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals; used by over 10,000 institutions in more than S160 countries. Most access is by subscription but some public domain, and open access content is available free
- Swarthmore Library Peace Collection
- Public Libraries, most of which also subscribe to
KANOPY.com, where cardholders can view thousands of free films and videos including 1,000 from The Great Courses — See if yours subscribes.
Below: MNSers perform “Rainstorm”
a “light-and-lively” ice-breaker game
(2-minute) at their 2009 Reunion.