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USSF 2010: BMP reports on our sessions from the forum

Over 15,000 people gathered in Detroit, MI for the second United States Social Forum, with the goal of building a broader social justice movement. BMP reports back on our involvement in the forum, including our two sessions: "Social Service & Social Change: A Movement Building Strategy" and "Emerging Strategies to Re/Claim the Commons".more

The Color of Change: Inter-ethnic Organizing and Leadership for the 21st Century

Building Movement Project Director, Frances Kunreuther and Project Team member Robby Rodriguez were among the 50 participants at the The Color of Change: Inter-ethnic Organizing and Leadership for the 21st Century, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also present were many of Building Movement's partners (such as Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Treatment, Southern Echo, Movement Strategy Center, Center for Community Change, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, among others), taking part in the daylong discussions of the intersection of race and age.more

Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times

Join Demos, the Building Movement Project, and Common Cause/NY for a special forum on April 8 in New York with author and activist Paul Loeb on the new version of his book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times. Moderated by Building Movement's Director of Civic Engagement, Trish Tchume, Loeb will explore what leads some people to get involved in larger community issues while others feel overwhelmed or uncertain; what it takes to maintain commitment for the long haul; and how community involvement and citizen activism can give back a sense of connection and purpose amidst the challenges of our time. more

USSF 2010: Register and Get Involved

Don't forget to register for the US Social Forum (USSF)! The national event, which will take place June 22-26 in Detroit, MI has opened registration for individuals and organizations and there are many opportunities to be involved in activities leading up to Forum. Find out how you can participate, help organize, and promote this important gathering meant to build unity around common goals of social justice, strengthen ties between organizations, and help build a broader social justice movement. more

Alliances for Change

Workers’ centers, youth-based action groups, and urban justice organizations are among those changing the face of traditional community organizing. Many of these groups engage a range of approaches beyond targeted campaign work—from service delivery to media ownership to voter engagement. This report looks at nearly a dozen examples of organizing efforts rising to scale and adapting to the urgent challenges and political opportunities at the beginning of the 21st century. more

Get Ready for USSF 2010!

At the upcoming US Social Forum (USSF) Building Movement Project will join an expected 15,000 people, including grassroots community organizers, activists, and social service nonprofits in Detroit, MI on June 22-26. The goal of the gathering, which is a follow-up to a 2007 USSF in Atlanta, is to build unity around common goals of social justice, strengthen ties between organizations, and help build a broader social justice movement. more

Alliances for Change featured in Jesse Smith Noyes newsletter

Workers’ centers, youth-based action groups, and urban justice organizations are among those changing the face of traditional community organizing. Many of these groups engage a range of approaches beyond targeted campaign work—from service delivery to media ownership to voter engagement. Jesse Smith Noyes featured a piece about their grantees whose work was cited as examples of organizing efforts rising to scale and adapting to the urgent challenges and political opportunities at the beginning of the 21st century.more

1+1=10: A new equation for social change

Read Robby Rodriguez's keynote from the Raising Change conference about the possibilities present in all our work. Fotini Markopoulou, a leading scientist working on string theory said in an interview with in Scientific American, “There are so many theories out there that aren’t even wrong. To be wrong would be exciting.” Using this as a starting point, Robby tells us that to live in the world we dream of, 1+1 must equal 10. And it is already happening...more

Citizen Engagement as a Force for Social Transformation

Read Kim Klein's opening speech at Concordia University’s Institute in Management and Community Development’s first ever Open University Summer Program. She discusses citizen engagement and movement building as forces for social transformation.

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From the Ground Up

Social-change organizations operate in communities all over the United States, but little has been written about the details of their operations. This new book, co-written by Building Movement Project Director Frances Kunreuther, takes a close look at how these organizations address challenges related to leadership, staff development, resource needs, decision-making, and collaborations.more

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