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” … an encyclopedia for creative activism.”

Sandra Cuff, Vancouver Media Co-op

Trainings Offered

You’ve read the book, now bring the lessons home with hands-on, face-to-face trainings and collaborations.

Invite the grassroots organizers, artists and strategists who wrote Beautiful Trouble to collaborate in your community, and super-charge your organizing with skilled trainings in strategic campaigning and creative tactics.

Our training network spans the globe, and includes some of the most accomplished creative actionistas in the world. We offer sliding scale rates and can custom tailor a training to address the specific challenges your campaign is facing. REQUEST A TRAINING TODAY


“The training opened up new possibilities for us. As a result, we’re now developing a new model for our planning that incorporates Beautiful Trouble theories, and we’re making more room for creative action planning so that it becomes part of our practice. Our organizers still refer to it as ‘that beautiful training’.”

—Martin Manteca, Lead Organizer, SEIU Local 721, Los Angeles


Trainings range from 90 minutes to 5 days, are grounded in a highly experiential popular education framework, and will help you:

  • Analyze successful campaigns and actions for “what works”
  • Integrate art and creativity into your actions
  • Explore the history and strategy of nonviolent direct action
  • Map out a strategic plan for your campaign
  • Develop a detailed (and creative and nonviolent) action plan for your next protest
  • Rehearse effective “Street Smarts”
  • Deepen your organizational commitment to risk-taking
  • Turn your story into a lesson and add it to the Beautiful Trouble toolbox

We also offer: trainings of trainers, campus presentations, webinars, and ongoing mentoring and creative consultation.



“Beautiful Trouble is a very valuable resource for any organization. The training was well facilitated and full of useful ideas. Most importantly, it raised the right questions and gave us a good framework to continue working through them on our own.”

—Canyon Woodward, Divest Harvard