Movement for a New Society: Training, Vision, Strategy more

After establishing and operating training centers throughout the 1970s and 1980s in Philadelphia, Seattle, Twin Cities, Atlanta, New England and other locations, and training and supporting hundreds of activist trainers on every continent, MNS formally disbanded in 1988. But most of those it trained have continued effective advocacy, action and training ever since, imparting critical skills and inspiration to thousands more globally.

Most notably, also in 1988, George Lakey and Barbara Smith co-founded TRAINING FOR CHANGE, which continues growing after three decades training over a thousand leaders. Among other key MNS leaders who provided major development and outreach are 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:


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

The Movement Action Plan (MAP):
8 Stages, 4 Roles, Campaign Strategy

“Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements.”
This essential guide provides the most usable theory and working model for understanding and analyzing citizen movements and how they can best succeed in the long term. The late, great Bill Moyer (with co-authors JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley and Steven Soifer), brilliantly compare MAP to nine popular models of social movements taught at universities, and apply MAP to five social movements: civil rights, anti-nuclear energy, gay and lesbian rights, breast cancer, and anti-corporate globalization. They conclude with a chapter on the future of activist strategies.

Movement Action Plan video: Moyer’s final (48 mins.)

Author Bill Moyer (1933-2002) was a globally acclaimed organizer, writer, educator and trainer in nonviolent social movements, active in a dozen countries for forty years. He was SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) staff for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the American Friends Service Committee, Movement For A New Society, Keystone Safe Energy Alliance, and Executive Director of the Social Movement Empowerment Project in San Francisco.

Find more about Movement for a New Society: Training, Vision, Strategy more at &
and the 2021 MNS 50th Anniversary Reunion page

See George Lakey’s timely video Polarization & “How We Win”
(30-min.) and trailer for his new bio doc at
Also Bill Moyer’s final training video and MNSers play “Rainstorm,”
a 2-minute “light-and-lively” (ice-breaker game) in 2009.

Rainstorm Video | Oppose & Propose
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