Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: Progressive Change

How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort

It would be an understatement to say that the past few months have been uncomfortable. The national election was downright ugly, and it exposed just how naïve those pundits were who “dared ask whether the United States had finally begun to heal its divisions over race”... more

Looking Back to 1965, Looking Ahead to 2015

This weekend, the movie Selma opens nationwide. The film’s release doesn’t just launch the latest awards-season buzz; it connects directly to the movement moment we’re in, and kicks off a year where we’ll be marking several 50-year milestones that harken back to... more

Understanding “Hong Kong People!”

Growing up, my dad often introduced himself as being “Hong Kong people.” The first thing he wanted you to know was his name; the second thing was that he was from Hong Kong. Being from Hong Kong was an enormous source of pride for him, and he frequently... more

Obamacare: The Potential in Service to Social Change

This past week, the Building Movement Project Team had the privilege to hear from several leaders in Los Angeles about how the implementation of Obamacare is being leveraged by forward-looking organizations, both service and organizing, as an opportunity for movement building.


Detroit Accountable Community Governance Event

In July, 2012 William Copeland and Rayven Roberts represented EMEAC at the Accountable Community Governance Convening held by the South by Southwest Experiment in Jackson, Mississippi. This event, to be held at The Commons on Thursday, August 30th from 6-8pm, will serve as a community report back. But furthermore will be a discussion about what does Accountable Community Governance look like in Detroit. more

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. This week, we'd like to highlight the Center for Popular Democracy as one of those groups. more

Movement Building Resources

At Building Movement Project, we work to strengthen the role of US nonprofits as they build a movement for 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 us who are looking for information about movement building in general. Most of what you’ll find here is historical in nature, and is meant to provide you with a background in social movement history, as well as connect you to other people and organizations whose primary focus is on movement building. more

Current Movement Building Organizations

There are some groups we’d like to highlight that are currently building movements in their communities. Head to their websites for more information about what they’re doing and how they’re achieving change. more

Key Readings and Other Resources on Movement Building

Our Movement Building Portal is meant to give you a brief outline of social movements in the United States and point you to groups currently dedicated to movement building. On this page, you’ll find some important texts on social movements and movement building theory that we think will be useful for more in-depth study.


History of Social Movements in the United States

The history of the United States provides rich examples for social movements and movement building. Here are some resources that you might find useful for a historical outline of modern social movements in the US.


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