Couldn't make it to a training? You can watch this series of 4 basic and 4 advanced webinars covering the earliest version of our curriculum. Produced in-house in the first year of our training by the Ayni Institute (formerly Movement Mastery), and led by co-founders Carlos Saavedra and Paul Engler, these videos are a great orientation to the theory of Momentum.
The Ayni Institute led a series of trainings that harvested lessons from a diverse range of contexts and disciplines, including biology, complex systems, network theory, and open-source software. Their Swarm Training teaches how to structure a social movement so that it maximizes the autonomy and creativity of its members while preparing for the challenges that come with decentralized leadership. They worked with participants to identify who to pull into their movements, how to create self-replicating team structures, and how to frontload principles to guide the culture and action of the movement.
The training videos cover:
* Introduction to theories of decentralized organization
* Creating your own decentralized structure
* Dynamics of self-organizing
* Anticipating challenges & creating principles to guide the "swarm"
* Roles and functions in a decentralized organization
We're grateful to the Ayni Institute for their work to make these resources available. Check out their other trainings, and subscribe to their YouTube channel for more. Join their mailing list for access to the training powerpoints.
This Is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century is the companion book to the Momentum Training. Written by Paul and Mark Engler, it is rooted in decades of research on civil resistance, and looks at the hidden art behind mass movement eruptions, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.
Read reviews of the book here.
The Resistance Guide
We have taken our decades of experience as organizers, researchers and trainers in social movements and created a short, online handbook that explains how everyday Americans can join and build the movement to resist Trump. Inspired by the incredible work of the Indivisible Guide, The Resistance Guide: How to Sustain the Movement to Win aims to equip tens of thousands of people who are eager to resist Trump with the analysis, skills, and tools to effectively self-organize and collaborate across geographies. Resistance Guide is an essential roadmap for anyone who wants to understand how movements succeed and how we can use this knowledge to fight for a better America.
Watch this webinar for an interview with Dr. Erica Chenoweth, author of “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” We asked her questions about what her research reveals are the best strategies and tactics from movements around the world that have succeeded and failed in taking on oppressive regimes.
Webinar: Online to Offline Mobilization: Lessons from A Day Without Immigrants
Since the 2016 election, organizations across the country have been facing a similar challenge: What do you do when thousands of people come knocking on your door, ready to take action? Learn how Thaís Marques used digital tools to recruit thousands of immigrants across the country to take part in the largest immigrant-led actions in a generation during A Day Without Immigrants on May 1, 2017. In this webinar, you’ll learn how she used innovative digital tools to engage passive supporters of the movement to turn them into active participants to grow their organizational capacity.
Webinar: Learning from the Umbrella Movement
Watch this webinar with Johnson Yeung, one of the organizers behind Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement, a massive civil resistance movement fighting for democracy. He analyzes and shares 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.
Watch the webinar here >>