Publications

 

Strategy & Soul: Reader's Guide
by Daniel Hunter

With 84-pages of full color photos and original source materials, teaching Strategy and Soul has never been easier. Perfect for teachers, trainers, and book clubs. This reader's guide contains original campaign flyers, reflection questions for each chapter, internal campaign documents, and original handouts and articles from the campaign. Readers interested in the original book, Strategy and Soul: a campaigner's tale of fighting billionaires, corrupt officials, and Philadelphia casinos can find it online here for sale.

Paperback: $5.00
Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies for Success with Adult Learners

by George Lakey

This book defines principles and techniques for teaching adults in groups and includes illustrative stories from the experiences of the author. It deals with issues of diversity, as well as authenticity and emotions in group learning. This book describes how to design effective learning experiences, and how to facilitate these learning experiences, and brings all the elements of the author’s approach together. It also includes material on sustaining the educator, working with social movements, and an effective toolkit. This book is resource for facilitators of adults in group learning situations.

Hardcover: $40.00

Opening Space for Democracy

by Daniel Hunter and George Lakey

Hundreds of training activities in detail, over 60 handouts with the content of how to defend human rights against violence, an integrated 23-day curriculum, many tips for trainers, and mini-essays on pedagogical theory -- all of this is included in the 634-page book newly available from Training for Change (TFC).

Hardcover: $40.00
Downloadable PDF: $35.00

RE:Imagining Change

by Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough

Re:Imagining Change provides resources, theory, hands-on tools and illuminating case studies for the next generation of innovative change makers. This unique book explores how culture, media, memes, and narrative intertwine with social change strategies, and offers practical methods to amplify progressive causes in the popular culture. Re:Imagining Change is an inspirational inside look at the trailblazing methodology developed by the non-profit strategy and training organization smartMeme, and a call to innovate strategies for confronting the escalating social and ecological crises of the 21st century.

Paperback: $13.00

Strategy & Soul: a campaigner's tale of fighting billionaires, corrupt officials and Philadelphia casinos

by Daniel Hunter

Reads like a thriller. Teaches like a manual. When Daniel Hunter and Jethro Heiko began planning at a kitchen table, they knew that their movement would be outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars. They were up against powerful elected officials, private investigators, hired thugs, and the state supreme court. Even before they started, newspapers concluded the movement had no chance. This riveting David versus Goliath story is a rare first-person narrative, giving unparalled access to the behind-the-scenes of campaigns: the fervent worrying in late-night meetings, yelling matches behind church benches, and last-minute action planning outside judges’ chambers. It’s in the heat of these moments that the nuances of strategy come to life, showing what it takes to overpower billionaires for a cause you believe in. Written by an experienced and unusually self-reflective direct action organizer, this book might be the most enjoyable way you’ve ever empowered yourself to change the world.

Paperback: $20.00

Grassroots & Nonprofit Leadership
Grassroots & Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times

by Berit Lakey, George Lakey, Rod Napier, Janice Robinson

This book is for everyone who cares about the health of their organisations, especially if their organisations work for social change. It draws on the experience of a variety of effective organisational development professionals, community organisers and leaders of non-profit organisations, teaching a proactive approach to organisational life -- an indispensable sourcebook for all leaders and active members of change organisations.

Downloadable PDF: $10.00

The Sword that Heals

by George Lakey

When state-sponsored violence meets nonviolent people power, which one wins? As George Lakey shows in this passionate and well researched piece, it's nonviolence that tends to win hands down. Originally written as a rebuttal to the Ward Churchill screed "Pacifism as Pathology," this booklet is filled with recent real-world examples of nonviolent victories.

Paperback: $3.00

Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements

by Bill Moyer, JoAnne MacAllister, Mary Lou Finley and Steve Soifer

Citizen activism has achieved many positive results. But the road to success for social move-ments is often complex, usually lasting many years, with few guides for evaluating the precise stage of a movement's evolution to determine the best way forward. Doing Democracy provides both a theory and working model for understanding and analyzing social movements, ensuring that they are successful in the long term. Beginning with an overview of social movement theory and the MAP (Movement Action Plan) model, Doing Democracy outlines the eight stages of social movements, the four roles of activists, and case studies from the civil rights, anti-nuclear energy, Central America, gay/lesbian, women's health, and globalization movements.

Paperback: $18.50

Towards a Living Revolution: A five-stage framework for creating radical social change

by George Lakey

For 50 years, George Lakey has pursued radical nonviolence with determination, imagination and a wondrously creative intelligence. Toward a Living Revolution, one of his most powerful works, provides invaluable tools for understanding the scale of the task that faces us as we pursue radical social change, and creates an inclusive framework for activists of different persuasions to develop our next steps together.

Paperback: $20.00

Direct Action Training Manual FREE DOWNLOAD
by Daniel Hunter Welcome to the world of nonviolent action. This training manual is less a detailed “how to” and more a big picture approach to direct action. It breaks down some of the myths of nonviolent action and explains the value, power, and rationale for direct action. Downloadable PDF: $5.00
Dismantle
Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop

edited by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Andrea Walls, Adriana Ramirez, Camille Acker, and Marco Fernando Navarro

The first ever VONA/Voices anthology, Dismantle, includes creative work from established and new authors who have either taught at VONA, or are alumni of the program. Over 55 prose and poetry writers are included in an attempt to capture the range of VONA voices. Keeping with the community spirit of VONA, work from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners is next to work from authors who have never been published before.

Paperback $20.00

New Jim Crow Organizing Guide Book Cover
Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: An Organizing Guide

by Daniel Hunter

Expanding on the call to action in Michelle Alexander's acclaimed best-seller, The New Jim Crow, this accessible organizing guide puts tools in your hands to help you and your group understand how to make meaningful, effective change. Learn about your role in movement-building and how to pick and build campaigns that contribute towards a bigger mass movement against the largest penal system in the world. This important new resource offers examples from this and other movements, time-tested organizing techniques, and vision to inspire, challenge, and motivate.

Paperback: $10.00

Before You Enlist and After You Say No (Downloadable PDF)

by Daniel Hunter and Hannah Strange

American Friends Service Committee asked The Ruckus Society and Training for Change to create a training manual to respond to the growing counter-recruitment movement. The Ruckus Society has played a lead role in the Not Your Soldier counter-recruitment camps and coupled with Training for Change's direct education approach the result is a pedagogically sound, information packed series of workshops with a skill-building emphasis. Matt Smucker of the smartMeme collective and Beyond The Choir also wrote the Media and Messaging workshop. In this manual are eight workshops (described in detail below), on average about 3-hours long. They are designed so they can be put together to make a longer training, or used separately.

Downloadable PDF: $10.00