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Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

12 March 2012

From Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social movements blur boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Until now. Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists to distill their best practices. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, CodePink, The Ruckus Society, Alliance of Community Trainers and Nonviolence International. 256 pages, $25, available as a paperbackor ebook. ORDER DIRECT! It’s cheaper for you, better for everyone. www.orbooks.com

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