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.
Movements for Democracy
Check out our recent report from our International Resistance Forum, where we brought movement leaders from around the world together with organizers and funders based in the U.S. Together, we talked about the role of social movements in defending our democracy, and learned key lessons about what it has taken in countries around the world. We gathered with key movement strategists from the Arab Spring, Hong Kong, Serbia, Zimbabwe, and more.
Momentum Summer Camp #LevelUp
August 20-22, 2018
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 and running the story, strategy, structure, and culture of decentralized social movements. This will be an intimate gathering of movement practitioners, and is an advanced training.
Narrative Strategy Webinar
Tuesday September 25, 2018
Webinar with Iyad El-Baghdadi
Join this webinar on narrative strategy with Iyad El-Baghdadi, an Arab Spring activist currently living in exile in Norway, where he continues to fight for human rights in the Middle East. The webinar will draw on case studies from the Arab Spring and other movements around the world to teach participants how to build a narrative strategy that reframes the problem, unifies the movement, and effectively “jams” the opposition’s narrative.
In this webinar, you will learn why narrative matters in the context of social movements; what are the elements of a powerful story that inspires people to take action; and how we create and protect those movement narratives.
Register even if you can’t make it, and we’ll send you the recording after.
POC Southern Momentum
October 25-28, 2018
The Franklinton Center at Bricks
This Momentum training is exclusively for people of color (POC), rooted in the history of southern organizing, and is an intensive 4-day training designed to give organizers the tools to build progressive popular social movements to win on the most pressing justice issues of our time.
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.