Radical activists and organizers across North America face many similar challenges as we work to build movements capable of transforming the world:
– How can we most productively manifest our values through our organizing?
– How can we move beyond self-selected activist circles?
– How can we avoid getting stuck in dead-end ways of doing things?
– How can we build structures that foster, rather than fracture, movements?
– And how can we link our day-to-day fights with longer-term visions?
Drawing on interviews with experienced organizers across North America, this presentation will distill lessons for developing effective, visionary movements. It will also open a space to discuss the challenges we face and what we are learning together as we grapple with them.
Chris Dixon, originally from Alaska, is a longtime anarchist organizer, writer, and educator with a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in numerous book collections as well as periodicals such as Anarchist Studies, Clamor, Left Turn, and Social Movement Studies. He serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board for the activist journal Upping the Anti. Dixon lives in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin Territory, where he is involved in anti-poverty organizing. His new book is Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements, published by University of California Press. Find him at writingwithmovements.com