Beautiful Trouble Strategy Cards

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“Elegant and incendiary.” —Naomi Klein

“A crucial resource for change-makers.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The key strategies and tactics that have inspired centuries of people-powered victories are now
in a deck of 100+ cards YOU can play!

Use this deck to get creatively unstuck, design an action that pops, flashcard your way through social movement history, learn & teach organizing, win grassroots victories, or just have fun staying up late with friends playing Cards for Humanity.

COMPONENTS:

  • 132 cards

    • 5 suits of cards: Tactics, Principles, Theories, Stories & Methodologies

    • Plus wild cards, eternal debate cards, game-play cards, and even three strategy cards to get your group’s strategic campaign planning process going!

  • Booklet

  • Bullhorn & 100,000 people not included

Everything you need to “think outside the box” is inside the box!

NOTE: Shipping options are currently limited to United States. Please contact team@beautifultrouble.org for special circumstances.

Quantity:
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We hope this deck helps you tackle challenges you’re facing in your own life, community, or social change campaign.

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Includes the new games:

Cards for Humanity • Cardstorm! • Radical Charades • Design a Creative Action • Divine the Future • Eternal Debates

Each card includes a unique “pop-up code.” Use your smartphone camera to automatically pop up a link to the full version of each card in the Beautiful Trouble online toolbox.

(Fine print: If total revolution not completed within 30 days after commencement of game-play, we promise to refund the full price of purchase, or, er, suggest you try another tactic!)

Even more info…

A web of ideas
Every card in this deck is actually a chapter in Beautiful Trouble. You can read more about each card online or in the published books Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising, written by over 170 grassroots activists from across 5 continents in 7 languages, and featuring notable movement strategists including Arundhati Roy, George Monbiot, Vijay Prashad, and Mark and Paul Engler.

How many people can play?
These games can be played solo, or by a group of friends, or at a workshop by many teams at once!

How long does it take to play?
Anywhere from 10 minutes to a lifetime!

What makes it a game?
You can use these activities as collaborative teaching tools or turn them into competitive games by keeping track of time, points, and winners.

What are the suits in the deck?

  • Tactics: Specific forms of creative action, such as a flash mob or blockade.

  • Principles: Hard-won insights that can guide or inform creative action design.

  • Theories: Big-picture concepts and ideas that help us understand how the world works and how we might go about changing it.

  • Stories: Accounts of memorable actions and campaigns, analysing what worked (or didn’t) and why. Useful for illustrating how principles, tactics, theories and methodologies can be successfully applied in practice.

  • Methodologies: Strategic frameworks and hands-on exercises to help you assess your situation and plan your campaign.

  • Debates: Eternal controversies (such as, change the world or change yourself?) that must be constantly wrestled with.

Product Specs
Weight: 1 lb.
Dimensions: 5″ x 3″ x 2″

Credits:

Designers: Gan Golan, Eduarda Aun, Cristian Fleming, Diana Haj Ahmad

Beautiful Trouble Team: Rae Abileah, Nadine Bloch, Andrew Boyd, Chelsea Byers, Adrian Carpenter, Juman Abujbara, Phil Wilmot, Dave Mitchell, Marcel Taminato, Mara Ranville, Sungu Oyoo

A huge shout out to: all the writers & photographers who contributed the ideas & images that made this deck possible, Søren Warburg, Katie Peyton Hofstadter, Community Printers, the playtesters who put this deck through its paces, our crowdfunder donors, ActionAid Denmark and the 20+ partner organizations who helped get this revolutionary tool into the hands of change-makers across the world, and all of YOU!

Published: 2019

Grassroots organizations are welcome to inquire for discounts for bulk purchases at team [at] beautifultrouble [dot] org.

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