Tahrir Square. 15M. Occupy Wall St. Gezi Park. Occupy Sandy. BlackLivesMatter NYC.
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Across the world we are seeing the dramatic emergence of powerful, mass social movements that defy traditional explanations and organizing theories. Dismissed by opponents, the mainstream media, politicians (and even some allies) as random, spontaneous and chaotic, these movements are not only frequent and ongoing, but are highly sophisticated and having real impact.
These networked movements for change are anything but random, and they are here to stay.
Once examined closely these “chaotic” and “disorganized” movements display a consistent and elegant architecture, and one that is different from formal organizations, political parties or online campaign organizations.
What’s more, these popular movements are finally bringing back The Big Question of systemic, fundamental change to the center of public debate, simultaneously shifting popular consciousness on major issues such as economic, racial and climate justice.
In some countries (like Egypt and Serbia) they have overthrown despotic regimes. In others (Like the US), they have created a landscape of new radical initiatives, campaigns and institutions. In still others (like Spain), they are now making waves in the electoral realm.
In all cases, these movements have broadened the political space to operate for political actors across the progressive spectrum.
While their impacts continue to surprise both critics and participants alike, how they actually work has been difficult to describe, even by the very participants who are making them happen. We have lacked the right conceptual models, theories of change, and practical tools to support these movements in reaching their fullest potential. We have needed a new language, and means, to assess their strengths and weaknesses, We have needed the tools to do the work more effectively.
It is our goal to provide these tools, and make them widely available.