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Today, we’re facing complex intersecting crises that call for social movements able to build power to achieve systemic change. We’ve known this for centuries but today it seems harder than ever to find ways of working together across differences. Recognising that fragmentation and polarisation are among the main challenges that social movements are facing right now, we ask:

How can we build the alliances and strategies we need to make a better world possible?

The Movement Learning Catalyst offers a guide to learning for systemic change. It aims to support experienced activists and organisers by strengthening their ability to collaborate, strategize and learn from each other’s struggles. It offers new ways of thinking, tools, and practices to enhance strategising and movement building.

Social Movement Map

Les Soulèvements de la Terre

France

Les Soulèvements de la Terre

Gezi Park mobilisations

Istabul

A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Turkey began on 28 May 2013, initially to contest the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. The violent eviction of a sit-in at the park sparked protests and strikes took place across Turkey, protesting for freedom of the press, of expression, assembly, and the government’s encroachment on Turkey’s secularism.

La ZAD

Notre Dame de Landes

la zad of Notre Dame de Landes, France, a liberated territory against an airport and its world.  The land has been occupied since 2009 and is part of a 50 year struggle ‘against a major capitalist infrastructure project.

Top Manta

Barcelona

For years, street vendors who work in blankets in Barcelona have been persecuted by the police, political parties, local economic elites and large fashion brands.

Top Manta was born in 2017 as the social and solidarity clothing brand of the Barcelona Street Vendors Union. It is a brand created to improve the living conditions of the Mantero collective, a project conceived with ethical and sustainable criteria, which guarantee the future of local communities instead of forcing them to migrate.

Today Top Manta is not only our clothing brand, it has become a great project in which we have already managed to get 120 people to have their papers and leave the blanket behind. We have two workshops, one for sewing and the other for screen printing, where 25 people currently work manufacturing branded clothing and taking on external orders.

Femen

Ukraine

FEMEN is an international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers.

FEMEN female activists are the women with special training, physically and psychologically ready to implement the humanitarian tasks of any degree of complexity and level of provocation. FEMEN activists are ready to withstand repressions against them and are propelled by the ideological cause alone. FEMEN is the special force of feminism, its spearhead militant unit, modern incarnation of fearless and free Amazons.

No Tav movement and No Grandi Navi

Venice - Italy

Over the past decade a commodification of common good has been a trend in many places all over Europe. In Italy many movements have risen to protect and highlight the importance of commons as well as of a kind of development that is sustainable and fair. Some of these movements are the NoTav movement, crossing borders between Italy and France, the NoTriv movement against drilling in the adriatic sea, which also saw transnational cooperation with the Balkans and many others like the No Grandi Navi Movement or the No MUOS movement.

Ende Gelände

Germany

Ende Gelaende is a German broad alliance of people from the anti-nuclear and anti-coal movements, the Rhineland and Lausitz climate camps and the Hambacher Forest anti-coal campaign. As many environmental movement active transnationally, their belief is that actions and civil disobedience are needed in order to counter climate change and put climate before profit.

Another Europe is Possible

London

We are a proudly pluralist and cross party campaign, bringing together a coalition that includes left wingers and progressives from all parties and none. But we are not a charity, and we get stuck in, actively opposing the Tories and other right wing parties. Another Europe is a democratic organisation, run, owned and funded by its members.

Krytyka Polityczna

Krytyka Polityczna

Krytyka Polityczna is the largest Central and Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists. It consists of the online daily, a quarterly magazine, publishing house, cultural centers and activist clubs in a dozen cities in Poland.

Fondazione Studio Rizoma

Palermo

A transnational hub based in Palermo, developing artistic production, research, and political activism via a multi-annual program, fellowships and residencies.