Three Takeaways from “We’ve Been Here Before: Community-Based Nonprofits Confront Crises”

On May 13, the Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs hosted the second webinar in our “Nonprofits and COVID-19” series. The webinar featured Ashley K. Shelton of The Power Coalition, Seema Agnani of National CAPACD, Alberto Retana of Community Coalition, and our host Deepa Iyer, BMP’s Senior Advisor and Director of SolidarityIs. You can find materials here: Recording  Transcript  […]

Featured Movement Builder: Center for Popular Democracy

Building Movement Project recently launched our Movement Building Portal– a series of resources for folks who end up on our site looking for information on social movement and how to build them.  Part of that project included highlighting some groups who we think are doing great work building movements and making social change in their communities.  […]

Movement Building Resources

At Building Movement Project, we work to strengthen the role of US nonprofits as they build a movement toward progressive social change.  While our focus is working with other organizations to help them integrate social change activities into their work, we have compiled a group of resources that may be useful for those coming to […]

Key Readings and Other Resources on Movement Building

While the purpose of this page is mainly to give you a brief outline of social movements in the United States and point you to groups currently dedicated to movement building, below you’ll find some important texts on social movements and movement building theory that we think will be useful for more in-depth study. Key […]

History of Social Movements in the United States

The history of the United States provides rich examples for social movements and movement building. Below are some resources that you might find useful for a historical outline of modern social movements in the US. Interactive timeline of US social movements, from SAALT The Labor MovementSee also: NPR’s history of the labor movementImportant groups:o     […]

Theory and Definitions

At BMP, we generally use a 5-step process to outline the stages of movement building.  They are: 1) MAKING VISIBLE THE INVISIBLE– While issues that movements are built around are not invisible to those living with the effects, this stage is meant for raising general awareness about the problem.  2) RELATIONSHIP BUILDING- This is when different […]

Nonprofits and Social Change

If you are associated with a nonprofit or service provider that is interested in increasing its social change work, you’ve come to the right place.  BMP works to help nonprofits extend their work beyond programs and direct service delivery to social change and advocacy on behalf of clients.  Below are some of our resources that […]

Key Findings from What Works: Developing Successful Multigenerational Leadership

“With up to four generations at work, nonprofit leaders are now struggling to make room for the ideas and skills of newer generations, while figuring out how to support the continued presence of older, more seasoned workers” –What Works, 2010 In 2010, Building Movement Project released a breakthrough report on what creates successful multigenerational leadership […]

Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

BMP partner Neighborhood Centers, in partnership with the Berkana Institute, have combined a how-to guide on the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a method of engaging community with other materials in a boxed kit called Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities.  The guide includes: * 12 Key Principles DVD – A presentation by Margaret Wheatley on […]

Suggested Reading on the Commons: The Value of Nothing

The latest book in our suggested readings on the Commons is Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy. This short, timely and inspiring book reveals that our current crisis is not simply the result of too much of the wrong kind of economics. While we need to rethink our economic model, Patel […]

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