Each workshop we host, our participants alert us and the other participants to a whole wealth of other resources that are out there. Below is an ongoing resource list built by those who have attended our workshop.
January 17th & 18th, 2015 – Oakland, CA
Books & Articles
- “Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements” by Bill Moyer analyzes the various stages of social movements, what makes them successful and how we can be more effective in building movements.
- The “Art of War” is an ancient text from China, written by Sun Tzu. Despite it’s title and it’s use in modern warfare and business, it speaks to handling conflict without having to battle.
- “The Starfish and the Spider” is a look into “leaderless organizations,” horizontal models of organizing and decentralized movements.
- “Bringing Down a Dictator” is a documentary about the Otpor movement, a student led, decentralized nonviolent movement that brought down Slobodan Milosevic.
- “A Force More Powerful” is the movie (as well as a book) that we were going to screen on the first day but did not have time to. It is a powerful film that documents various nonviolent movements around the world. The chapter on Nashville, which is what we were going to screen, can be viewed online here.
People & Organizations
- Restorative Justice for Oakland’s Youth (RJOY) is an Oakland based organization working to implement Restorative Justice in our school system.
- Be Present, Inc based in Georgia, works on “personal and interpersonal growth, collective leadership for social change, and organizational development.
- Metta Center for Nonviolence is a great resource for all things nonviolence and is a partner organization of ours. Make sure to check out their “Roadmap to Nonviolence.”
- Professor Joy DeGruy has done extensive work on intergenerational trauma. Her talks are all over youtube, and her book “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” is a must read.
October 25th & 26th, 2014 – Oakland, CA
Books & Articles
- “The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part Two: The Methods of Nonviolent Action” by Gene Sharp – Describes 198 different Direct Action tactics. The list can be viewed online here.
- “Two Conceptions of Power” by Bernard Loomer – An essay describing two types of power.
- “Search for Nonviolent Future” by Michael Nagler – Great book on nonviolence, including documenting incidents of nonviolent resistance during the holocaust.
- “Why Civil Resistance Works” by Erica Chenoweth – Groundbreaking research that showed that nonviolent movements are twice as effective as violent ones, the 3.5% rule, and more from a former critic of nonviolence. Her TED talk is also great.
- “Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from History of a Dangerous Idea” by Mark Kurlansky – Look at historical movements and what we can learn from them.
- “When Peace Becomes Obnoxious” by Martin Luther King Jr. – Sermon by Dr. King shortly after Autherine Lucy was expelled from the University of Alabama.
- “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman – A book that was a major influence for Dr. King.
- “Jesus and Nonviolence” by Walter Wink – A great book looking at nonviolent interpretations of Biblical scripts.
- “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – A history of the US told from the perspective of Indigenous people.
- The Singing Revolution – A documentary about the songs created as part of the movement in Estonia to end Soviet rule.
- Schooling the World – A documentary on how modern education is impacting indigenous cultures.
Other Trainings & Philosophies
- The Work that Reconnects – A body of work created by Joanna Macy, this work combines deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual teachings to heal the world.
- Momentum Movements – A four part webinar on the differences and the synthesis of “momentum based” organizing and “structure based” organizing. Here are parts 2, 3 and 4.
- Dismantling Racism in Our Communities: Building Collaboration for Resilience
Led by Catalyst Project & Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory
November 8 – San Francisco
1-Day training on dismantling racism
- Healing the Soul Wound
Lecture by Eduardo Duran
November 14th – CIIS, San Francisco
Author of the book by the same name, the lecture will focus on how to merge Native Clinical Practice with Western Practice through the shifting of cultural metaphor.
People & Organizations
- Philip Zimbardo – Retired Stanford psychology professor who led the Stanford Prison Experiment. His TED talk is highly recommended. He now directs the Heroic Imagination Project.
- Mia Mingus – Bay Area activist, works with the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative, an organization working on a transformative strategy to end child abuse. A list of her writings and videos can be found on her blog, linked above.
- Charles Eisenstein – Activist and author, he has written “Sacred Economics” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.”
- Jeff Duncan-Andrade – Radical educator who is currently building a community school in East Oakland, Roses in Concrete. Check out his TEDx talk.
- Gary Slutkin – Epidemiologist and founder of Cure Violence, formerly known as Ceasefire. (NOTE: Ceasefire in Oakland is modeled after Boston’s Operation Ceasefire, which is different from Ceasefire which grew out of Chicago and was featured in the film “The Interrupters.” Gary Slutkin is the founder of the Chicago model)
- Highlander Center – Historic training center, most well known for having trained Rosa Parks.
- Otpor! – The youth led nonviolent movement that brought down a dictator in Yugoslavia. Many of the movement’s leaders have gone on to train activists from around the world. A documentary was made about their work.