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About MNS & This Site

This site presents the many vital contributions of Movement for a New Society: “analysis, training, strategy.” From 1971-1988, MNS was a global training and action network of local and transnational groups. MNS successfully developed and “spread tools, skills and consciousness for effective nonviolent social change.”
MNS trained, inspired and empowered thousands of progressive activists and organizations on all continents. Many have gone on and continue to lead and develop numerous subsequent campaigns and groups… MORE

Authors & Books

MNS members have published scores of books and thousands of articles fostering worldwide, Movement for a New Society: “analysis, training, strategy”. Most notable are founders and top strategists George Lakey and Bill Moyer, Over a dozen other MNS leaders have also collectively founded and/or dramatically developed scores of organizations, campaigns and projects. These include two activist publishing houses: New Society Publishers and Common Courage PressMORE
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Strategy & Tactics

For every thousand hacking at the branches of evil, there’s only one digging at its roots.”
Henry David Thoreau

Veteran organizers from the Civil Rights, anti-war, peace and other movements for nonviolent progressive social change of the 1950s-60s founded MNS in 1971. Its leaders fostered and further developed the “hands-on” and “in-the-streets” experience, teachings, strategies and tactics pioneered by Gandhi, King and so many more. They successfully integrated these with theories and findings of experts and academics such as Dr. Gene Sharp.
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Training

“Be the change you want to see…” – M.K. Gandhi

MNS established and ran activist training centers through the 1970s and 1980s in Philadelphia and other cities across North America, until formally
disbanding in 1988. That year, George Lakey and Barbara Smith co-founded TRAINING FOR CHANGE. MNSers Betsy Raasch-Gilman, Erika Thorne and Nancy Brigham were its chief  co-developers. Find links to its website, programs and resources, along with scores of other training opportunities and materials at ActivistTraining.org

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