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Happy 50th Anniversary! Movement for a New Society: Training, vision, strategy more

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, which 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 founder-strategists George Lakey and Bill Moyer, plus over a dozen other MNS leaders, who collectively founded and/or dramatically developed scores of organizations, campaigns and projects, including two activist publishing houses: New Society Publishers and Common Courage PressMORE
Read “Oppose and Propose: Lessons from MNS

Strategy & Tactics

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

Founded by veteran organizers from the Civil Rights, anti-war/peace and other movements for nonviolent progressive social change of the 1950s-60s. MNS leaders fostered and further developed the “hands-on” and “in-the-streets” experience, teachings, strategies and tactics pioneered by Gandhi and King, integrating the theories and findings of experts and academics such
as Dr. Gene Sharp.


“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, whose key co-developers include MNSers Betsy Raasch-Gilman, Erika Thorne and Nancy Brigham. Find links to its website, programs and resources, along with scores of other training opportunities and materials at  ActivistTraining.org  

How We WinResource Manual for a Living Revolution Nonviolent Social Movements Class Matters


Movement for a New Society: Training, vision, strategy more

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