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.
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.
Check out our upcoming trainings:
Fighting for Democracy - Key learnings from the Umbrella Movement
May 17, 2017
Webinar // 3PM EST
Join us on Wednesday May 17 for a webinar with Johnson Yeung, one of the organizers behind Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement, a massive civil resistance movement fighting for democracy. He'll be analyzing the movement cycle of the Umbrella Movement, key learnings around escalation in their 15 month campaign of civil disobedience, lessons in how they framed their issue, and how their tactics worked or didn't work. Johnson recently joined us at a Momentum training, and will be integrating some of the frameworks and tools from our training into his analysis. Register here >>
Training for Trainers
June 22-25, 2017
Want to become a better trainer, deepen your craft around movement strategy, and join a vibrant learning community? If you've already been to our 3-day training, apply to become a trainer with us! We are holding a Training for Trainers June 23-25 in Boston. Current trainers are invited to apply for the Training for Lead Trainers, which will be held June 22.
Apply here >>
Digital Summer Camp
August 25-27, 2017
Momentum is hosting the first ever Digital Summer Camp to bring together talented digital organizers leading some of the most important movements of our generation to share and teach one another digital skills and tactics. Fully half of the time will be reserved for unstructured conversation (and summer camp games) in a retreat space that will allow digital organizers to unplug and detox from the internet as we learn. Applications are reserved for members of our Digital Community of Practice, but sign up for updates about webinars from the presenters. Sign up >>