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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

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.


Theory and Definitions

At BMP, we generally use a 5-step process to outline the stages of movement building. more

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 you will probably find most helpful. more

Key Findings from What Works: Developing Successful Multigenerational Leadership

In 2010, Building Movement Project released a breakthrough report on what creates successful multigenerational leadership in the workplace. The What Works report examines when leaders do their best work, what constitutes a good workplace, and how to improve on our ability to retain, support, and promote staff across generations. This fact sheet highlights the key findings from that report and offers our recommendations for how to create generational harmony in the workplace. It's a great resource to start with when thinking about how your own organization can improve the way it allows different generations to do their best work. more

Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

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. Follow the link to find out more about what's included in the toolkit, and how to order one. more

Suggested Reading on the Commons: The Value of Nothing

Check out our latest Commons-related reading recommendation, Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy.


Become a facebook fan of “Show Me the Money!” - a tax workshop by BMP’s Kim Klein

BMP’s Kim Klein, one of the nation’s best known and loved fundraising trainers, is offering free Show Me the Money! workshops to nonprofits in the San Francisco bay area. Become a fan on facebook and find out about upcoming trainings near you!


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