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Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best practices of creative action in your hands.
Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best practices of creative action in your hands.
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We've hit our $12,000 goal! Thanks everyone for your generous support! We'll post updates as the project takes shape. In the meantime, click here to check out draft mock-ups of four completed modules.

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Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best ideas and tactics of creative action in the hands of the next generation of change-makers, connecting the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest to the popular outrage of the current  political moment.

From prank websites to militant carnivals, flash mobs to virtual sit-ins, social activism has a creative new edge that is melding prank and PR, direct action protest and pop art. More and more, activists and artists find themselves together on the barricades.    

But in the heat of battle, the principles that make creative actions successful seldom get hashed out or written down -- until now. Beautiful Trouble will arm our movements with their own best weapons.

Beautiful Trouble will pull together an interlocking set of design principles, best practices, innovative tactics and case studies, that will enable anyone to pull off effective creative actions.

We're gathering the content from seasoned artists and activists across the world. Seven grassroots groups are contributing their best ideas, including Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, The Center for Artistic Activism, SmartMeme, Beyond the Choir, Waging Nonviolence, The Ruckus Society and Nonviolence International. Longtime troublemaker and founder of Billionaires for Bush Andrew Boyd is facilitating the process, and independent publisher O/R Books has signed on to produce the book.

We've been crowd-sourcing the content, now we're crowd-sourcing the funding from folks like you. We're passing the hat here on Kickstarter so we can deliver on our promise to put the best possible tools in the hands of the next generation of change-makers. Your support is crucial to the project's success.

Please join us in making Beautiful Trouble. Check out the frequently asked questions below and the incentives on the right.

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    Our gratitude, plus an invitation to the NYC launch party and a public thank-you on the website.

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    All of the above, plus an early-release digital download of the book.

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    All of the above, plus an autographed, hard copy of the completed book.

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    All of the above, plus an exclusive, sneak-peak at four modules from the book (before the manuscript is even finished) as well as a DVD copy of The Yes Men Save the World.

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    All of the above, plus a copy of the infamous "Iraq War Ends!" prank New York Times signed by the Yes Men.

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    All of the above, plus your name on a backers page in the completed book with full 'co-publisher' credit as well as a unique protest chant for your favorite cause authored by the Beautiful Trouble team.

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    All of the above, plus a bundle of five top political titles from O/R Books and an hour-long consultation with Agit-Pop or the Yes Labs.

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    WOAH! All of the above, plus a Vivoleum candle for the first three people to contribute at this level!

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