Momentum is dedicated to movement building.
We are committed to teaching and learning the craft of popular movements fighting for justice. We give grassroots organizers the tools to build massive, decentralized social movements that aim to shift the terrain under policymakers’ feet.
We live in a time of severe inequality, racial disparity, and concentrated wealth in the United States. We need transformational change, and we believe it won’t come from within the political system. We need big movements, and we need leaders with the skills to shift public opinion and organize people at scale.
Momentum is committed to supporting these leaders with an organizing model rooted in international civil resistance, with tools that will win profound structural and cultural changes.
What does it take to build social movements:
The Watershed Center
Movement builders across the country will be gathering at The Watershed Center this August to deepen relationships, and share best practices in developing culture that supports decentralized social movements. This will be an intimate gathering of movement practitioners, and is an advanced training.
Applications have closed for this training.
Digital Skillshare & Absorption Upgrade
February 28 — March 3, 2019
New digital tactics and tools are changing the way that movements recruit new supporters, deepen their commitment and move them to action. The Momentum Digital Skillshare is the place where organizers, campaigners, technologists and others come together to share the behind scenes story of their work, teach each other skills, and build relationships with smart and generous peers.
This skillshare will also include advanced curriculum on Absorption – how do movements polarize the public and move people into active participation in the movement – especially but not exclusively through using scalable digital tactics?
Cycle of Momentum
We teach organizers how to activate the public and change the political weather by using the cycle of momentum, focusing on:
Popular movements need to force the public to take notice of the issue and take a stance. Escalating strategic nonviolent action drives a wedge into the public’s moral conscience by asking: which side are you on?
We know that political power flows from the cooperation of the people, and we base our training principles in a social view of power. When people are activated, and refuse to cooperate with injustice in massive numbers, they win.
In order to get to scale, movements need to decentralize to have the capacity to absorb new members during critical moments of public attention. In order to decentralize without collapsing into chaos, movements must “frontload” their story, strategy, and structure.