Movement for a New Society: Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy
Nonviolent strategist George Lakey’s 2023 Author Tour, books, videos;
Ukraine Resistance Now; and more 50th Reunion and MNS Resources
About MNS & This Site
This site presents the many vital impacts of Movement for a New Society: Nonviolent Action Training, Analysis, Vision, Strategy. Indeed from 1971-1988, MNS was a global training and action network of local and transnational groups. That’s how MNS successfully developed and “spread tools, skills and consciousness for effective nonviolent social change.” Moreover
MNS trained, inspired and empowered thousands of progressive activists and organizations on all continents. So 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”. Its 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 Press. MORE
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
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. Thus they successfully integrated these with 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. However, in that year George Lakey and Barbara Smith co-founded TRAINING FOR CHANGE. Moreover MNSers Betsy Raasch-Gilman, Erika Thorne and Nancy Brigham were its chief co-developers. So find links to its website, programs, resources, and opportunities for Nonviolent Action Training, Analysis, Vision, Strategy, at ActivistTraining.org
LATEST NEWS & BLOG POSTS
See George Lakey’s timely video Polarization & “How We Win” (30-min.),
2023 Author Tour, books, videos; and trailer for his new bio doc.
Also Bill Moyer’s final training video; and MNSers play “Rainstorm,”
a 2-minute “light-and-lively” (ice-breaker game) in 2009.
Find more about Movement for a New Society: Training, Vision, Strategy more at ActivistTools.org and ActivistTraining.org
and the MNS 50th Anniversary Reunion page.
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