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What might a 2017 general strike look like?

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 a nation’s economy, and forcing major concessions, or even a change of government. In our era, with a weak labor movement, but a nationwide political crisis, workers (and non-workers alike) need to creatively reinvent the tactic.

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Trouble vs. Trump

Check out these 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.

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

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 movements and designing more effective actions.

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Making trouble at the conventions

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.

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

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 Tool for Social Change,” where she spoke to the role of art in social movements and facilitated the development of a plan to build a collective art piece on campus.

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Will you be our valentine??

The love of changemakers around the globe who are developing innovative strategies for making our world more just, sustainable and democratic—for us and for generations to come. The love that is spread through telling our stories, and giving people tools to write their own. The love that powers the other world that is not just possible, but coming into being all around us.

Will you contribute to People Powered Love today?

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Contribute your ideas and stories to Beautiful Solutions

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.

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Trouble in the UK

The Beautiful Trouble Training Network is almost three years old and has already conducted over 40 trainings for a variety of groups in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Led by people on the frontlines of injustice in these movements, the Network has been hugely supportive to a wide range of grassroots movements for social justice.

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Advocacy teach-in at LMU

What can you learn about strategic creative nonviolent action in 90 minutes? If you said not much, you would be far off the mark! In this short amount of time, students at Loyola Marymount University went on a gallery walk through a museum of nonviolent direct action, shared best and worst action stories and their strategic implications, and dived into a whirlwind presentation of tactics, principles and action history.

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Beautiful Trouble: The game

Imagine taking the greatest movement victories of the last 100+ years and teasing out the core strategies and tactics that made them successful — then adding in the most contagious solutions people are working on today to make the transition to a just and sustainable society. That’d be a pretty great toolbox or two right there. Now imagine a deck of cards and an online gaming platform that allowed you to play with these ideas in different ways depending on the challenges you’re facing.

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Beautiful Trouble — in seven languages!

In a continued effort to get this information into the hands of troublemakers around the globe, Beautiful Trouble is available in seven languages (and counting!) Most of the foreign editions are initiated by local artist-activists and showcase the most creative social change efforts in each country.

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Russian edition is making waves

Our allies have been keeping busy after the release of Beautiful Trouble’s Russian edition. Yuliya and Helen of 350.org recently organized an “Energizer Camp” for 20 environmental activists from Ukraine and surrounding countries.

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First BT Training Network HangOut, with the (sur)real Black Body Survival Guide

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 share current work and relay network info.

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

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 network of artist-activist changemakers as we continue to grow Beautiful Trouble.

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Seeking: Accountant/Bookkeeper for Beautiful Trouble

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 for either world domination or financial sustainability, whichever comes first.

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Beautiful Trouble is reinventing itself… again!

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 before we dive into our brave new future, a bit of back-story is essential.

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BT’s first ever Training for Trainers, um, Network Gathering (Part 1)

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.

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