June 23rd: Beautiful Trouble Book Launch

a toolbox for revolutionSaturday, June 23, 2012


Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue:  South of Bloor, 3 Blocks from Spadina Subway

On Saturday June 23 at 7:00pm, join us to celebrate the Toronto book launch of Beautiful Trouble: Toolbox for Revolution (OR Books, 2012).

Join us for a discussion of the state and future of creative activism with Beautiful Trouble co-editor Dave Oswald Mitchell, web maker Phillip Smith and contributing writer Yutaka Dirks.

Beautiful Trouble is a book and web toolbox that puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers. Stay afterward for libations and good-hearted plotting with your fellow troublemakers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $25.

This event is sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canadian Labour Congress, Public Service Alliance of Canada-National Capital Region and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, with media sponsorship from rabble.ca.

Learn more about the project at http://beautifultrouble.org/

About Beautiful Trouble:

 Why now?

From the Arab Spring to the American Fall and beyond, a new global people’s movement is being born. The impossible suddenly seems possible, and all around the world ordinary people are trying out new tools and tactics to win victories where they live. In the shadow of austerity and ecological crisis, the urgency of this political moment demands resources that will transform outrage into effective action. Beautiful Trouble is a toolbox for the next revolution.

 Who is it for?

Beautiful Trouble is both sophisticated enough for veteran activists and accessible enough for newbies. Both artists and activists will find it useful, as it showcases the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy. Beautiful Trouble is for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there.

 Is it a book or a website?

Both! The project consists of short, interrelated modules – creative tactics, action design principles, case studies, and theoretical frameworks – that together comprise an accessible matrix of best practices and ideas in creative campaigning. The website will soon include the core content of the book as well as a growing array of additional modules, resources, profiles, debates and much more. With your help, the site will evolve in real time with new social movements and their latest tactical innovations.

 What makes it unique?

Beautiful Trouble not only presents cutting-edge content in an innovative modular structure, it was assembled in a unique collaborative and distributed manner. With many contributors from around the world participating, the entire project was assembled in the cloud, in an open, collaborative process. We also hosted four “book sprints” – weekend-long gatherings where we gathered face-to-face and locked ourselves in a room to write, write, write! Beautiful Trouble’s publisher is OR Books, a nimble, progressive, independent publisher with an innovative post-print business model.


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