Training for Strategic Creative Action | Feb 3-4, 2018

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Training for Strategic Creative Action: A Weekend with Beautiful Trouble

Exact times TBD (likely 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day)
SASKATOON, Station 20 West, 1120 20th Street W. | Facebook Event

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: MONDAY, JANUARY 29 (WED. JANUARY 24 for transportation support)

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Over two-days of energetic and creative conversations, this training will take participants through an interactive exploration into what makes people power effective, with opportunities to apply it directly to your cause or campaign.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Beautiful Trouble trainings are a dynamic mix of hands-on group exercises, powerful presentations, strategic brainstorms, and other skill-building activities designed to empower and engage folks to be smarter, more creative, more resourced organizers.

Together, we’ll discuss core principles, tools and theories that have been used effectively around the world – such as Action Logic, Decision Dilemmas, and Points of Intervention. Then, we’ll put the “creative” in creative action by examining a host of outside-the-box tactics that anyone working to build a more equitable and just world needs in their toolbox!

Some of the topics covered will include:

– Exploring Creative Action Strategies & Tactics for Global Citizens

– Nonviolent Action: Street Smarts and Street Safety for Sharing your Message

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(Before Jan. 15th) $15 regular | $5 student/fixed income
(After Jan. 15th) $25 regular | $15 student/fixed income


Transportation & Accessibility

We will be organizing carpools for folks traveling to Saskatoon from out of town. In order to allow enough time to organize this, you must register no later than Wednesday, January 24, 2018 if you intend to make use of the carpooling service or are in need of a ride.

A limited amount of financial support is also available for those in need of travel and/or registration subsidies. To apply for a bursary – email with a few short sentences outlining your situation and why you want to attend the training!

Support another participant! The registration is set on a sliding scale. If you have the means, we encourage you to sponsor another registration and/or contribute additional funds to support travel bursaries. There is a place to indicate this on the registration form.

On-Site Childcare – We are working with the Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre at Station 20 West to provide on-site childcare for the duration of the programming. There is a place on the registration form to indicate if you require child-care in order to attend this event.

Draft Agenda

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About the Trainers

Juman Abujbara is a social change campaigner, human rights defender, and aspiring philosopher based in Amman, Jordan.

Nadine Bloch is currently the Training Director for Beautiful Trouble. As an innovative artist, nonviolent action practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista, she combines the principles and strategies of people power with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. She has worked with diverse organizations, including Nonviolence International, Greenpeace, USIP, The Ruckus Society, The Labor Heritage Foundation, Health GAP, Housing Works and the Bread & Puppet Theater.

Her work has been featured nationally and locally, in newspapers like The Washington Post and magazines from Ms. to Time. She is a contributor to the books Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012, O/R Press), Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South (2017, O/R Press) and We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press).  She is the author of a Special Report Education & Training in Nonviolent Resistance (2016, US Institutes of Peace.) Check out her column “The Arts of Protest” on the blog WagingNonviolence.

Dave Mitchell is a writer, editor, organizer and troublemaker who divides his time between western Canada, southern Mexico, and points in-between. He serves as the Editorial Director of Beautiful Trouble.


As a civil society organization, we’re working to connect and support individuals and groups working for collective change. Providing spaces like this – to share skills, build knowledge, and connect with individuals and groups working to achieve more justice, equitable and inclusive societies – is an essential part of this work.

“Civil society” refers to diverse ways through which people organize to pursue shared interests, values, and objectives in public life, including social movements, non-government, non-profit, and voluntary-driven organizations. “Civil society” actors are crucial agents of change in achieving more just, equitable and inclusive societies, and are found at the international, regional, national and community levels (Global Affairs Canada, Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance).