Beautiful Trouble Book Launch - Vancouver

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 23:00 to Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 02:00

On Tuesday, May 15, join us to celebrate the Vancouver book launch of Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (OR Books, 2012). Books will be on hand for purchase (cash only).

To celebrate the launch of this creative activists' toolkit, Purple Thistle will convene a conversation among local activists and the co-editors and contributors of Beautiful Trouble about the state and future of creative activism.

Political activism has a creative new edge that's blurring the boundaries between artist and activist and transforming the political landscape. But what are the core principles that make creative activism effective? How can we ensure that our actions are both fun and effective, celebratory and game-changing?

Sponsored by the Purple Thistle Center and Next Up; media sponsorship by

Beautiful Trouble is a book and web toolbox that puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Learn more about the project at

About Beautiful Trouble:

Why now?

From the Arab Spring to the American Fall and beyond, a new global people's movement is being born. The impossible suddenly seems possible, and all around the world ordinary people are trying out new tools and tactics to win victories where they live. In the shadow of austerity and ecological crisis, the urgency of this political moment demands resources that will transform outrage into effective action. Beautiful Trouble is a toolbox for the next revolution.

Who is it for?

Beautiful Trouble is both sophisticated enough for veteran activists and accessible enough for newbies. Both artists and activists will find it useful, as it showcases the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy. Beautiful Trouble is for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there.

Is it a book or a website?

Both! The project consists of short, interrelated modules – creative tactics, action design principles, case studies, and theoretical frameworks – that together comprise an accessible matrix of best practices and ideas in creative campaigning. The website will soon include the core content of the book as well as a growing array of additional modules, resources, profiles, debates and much more. With your help, the site will evolve in real time with new social movements and their latest tactical innovations.

What makes it unique?

Beautiful Trouble not only presents cutting-edge content in an innovative modular structure, it was assembled in a unique collaborative and distributed manner. With many contributors from around the world participating, the entire project was assembled in the cloud, in an open, collaborative process. We also hosted four "book sprints" – weekend-long gatherings where we gathered face-to-face and locked ourselves in a room to write, write, write! Beautiful Trouble’s publisher is OR Books, a nimble, progressive, independent publisher with an innovative post-print business model.

On physical accessibility in to the thistle centre:
1. there are 16 stairs that are 38 inches in width, with a railing
2. we regrettably have no elevator - this is for sure very inconvenient for those with limited mobility.
Please do contact us because we have carried folks up the stairs many times and remain open to more ideas on how to combat these challenges.
3. There is one gender neutral washroom at the space.
4. Children are welcome at this event.

Purple Thistle Center
260 - 975 Vernon Dr.
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories , BC
49° 16' 33.9204" N, 123° 4' 43.5324" W
British Columbia CA
Carla Bergen

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