Workshop “Beautiful Trouble: Strategic Creative Action”



Join Nadine Bloch of Beautiful Trouble for a workshop exploring the world of strategic creative action. We will showcase some of the most innovative tactics used in struggles against autocracy and austerity and learn about lessons, strategies, and best practices from progressive campaigns globally.

The first collection of these best practices, Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, was created by 70 individual artist-activists, was translated into 6 languages and has sold almost 20,000 copies in support of global movements.

The much-anticipated follow-up, Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South, is based on face-to-face jam sessions held in various cities across the world. Beautiful Rising lifts up incredible stories, such as the Ugandan organizers who smuggled two yellow-painted pigs into parliament to protest corruption . . . the Burmese students who marched 360 miles to protest undemocratic education reforms . . . the Lebanese “honk at parliament” campaign against politicians who had clung to power long after their term had expired . . . and much more.

Beautiful Trouble is a global network of organizers and trainers that equips and empowers grassroots movements to open up democratic space, prevail against the forces of austerity and authoritarianism, and build a more just and beautiful future for all.

Nadine Bloch is the Training Director for Beautiful Trouble. As an innovative artist, nonviolent action practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista, she combines the principles and strategies of people power with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. Her work has been featured in various newspapers like The Washington Post and magazines from Ms. to Time. She is a contributor to the book Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012, O/R Press); Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South (2017, O/R Press) and We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press). She is the author of a Special Report Education & Training in Nonviolent Resistance (2016, US Institutes of Peace.) and the co-author of forthcoming SNAP:An Action Guide to Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (2019, USIP.) Check out her column on the blog WagingNonviolence,“The Arts of Protest.”