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About Mark Engler

Mark Engler is a writer based in Philadelphia and an editorial board member at Dissent. Paul Engler is a co-founder of Momentum Training, which instructs hundreds of activists each year in the principles of effective protest. Their new book This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century, has just been published. They can be reached via their website.

Articles by Mark Engler

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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why targeting corporate Democrats is part of the fight against Donald Trump

Trump rose to the presidency by railing against the Washington establishment. The Democratic Party’s propensity for compromise and triangulation only plays into his hands.

The transformative power of democratic uprisings

Every so often an outburst of resistance seems to break open a world of possibilities, but what makes the difference?

What makes nonviolent movements explode?

The emergence of social movements is a product of two powerful forces working in tandem: disruption and sacrifice.

How did Gandhi win?

What underpins the transformative impact of campaigning? Short term success or failure may be a poor guide to the future.

Surviving the ups and downs of social movements

The fluctuating cycles of popular movements can’t be avoided, so how do activists translate periods of peak activity into substantive and enduring social change? 

When the pillars fall: how social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage

In only ten years, widespread opposition to same-sex marriage in the USA has been transformed into equally widespread support. How did it happen?

Should we fight the system or be the change?

Short-term campaigns versus building the beloved community: what are the real costs and benefits of pre-figurative politics?

Can disruptive power create new social movements?

Explosive short-term mobilization and long-term organizing are both important to social transformation. When, where and how will new social movements emerge in the future?

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