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Help Us Make Beautiful Trouble

There’s some beautiful trouble brewing, and Beyond the Choir has got caught up in it. We’re part of an exciting collaboration called Beautiful Trouble. It’s a collaboratively-written (and collaboratively funded!) guide for trouble makers. Check out the new video about the project:

Beautiful Trouble is an important new resource for people who are working for social justice. From the Beautiful Trouble Kickstarter page:

Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best ideas and tactics of creative action in the hands of the next generation of change-makers, connecting the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest to the popular outrage of the current  political moment…

Beautiful Trouble will pull together an interlocking set of design principles, best practices, innovative tactics and case studies, that will enable anyone to pull off effective creative actions.

Doesn’t that sound like something you’d like to help publish?

Well, you can help! With just over 2 weeks to go, we are almost halfway to our Kickstarter fundraising goal of $12,000. But the deal with Kickstarter is that if we don’t raise all $12,000, we don’t receive any of the pledges! So if you like the sound of this project, it is really important that you give today if you can. And please forward and Tweet this post. Help put this valuable resource in the hands of the next generation of changemakers.

As a token of our gratitude, we’re offering some sweet incentives on our Kickstarter page, including:

  • early release books
  • copies of the infamous prank New York Times signed by The Yes Men
  • your name in the actual book with full co-publisher credit
  • and more!

It’s been a lot of fun to collaborate on this project so far. I can attest that the working draft is brimming with smart and creative action ideas, and “thinking tools” to help activists and organizers apply ideas strategically.

Andrew Boyd and friends at Agit-Pop have been leading the charge on this project, convening writing sprints that have been as fun as productive. The other organizational partners include The Yes Men/Yes Labs, The Center for Artistic Activism, SmartMeme, Waging Nonviolence, The Ruckus Society and Nonviolence International, and us, Beyond the Choir.

A lot of great folks have been working hard to make Beautiful Trouble possible, but the project needs funds too. Please, help to publish Beautiful Trouble today!

Thank you for your support!

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