Beautiful Trouble is featured in Designing Peace: Building a Better Future Now, published to accompany the exhibition on view at Cooper Hewitt from June 10, 2022 through September 4, 2023.
Beautiful Trouble is a book, a web toolbox, an international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to make grassroots movements more creative and more effective, and now, a deck of strategy cards.
This deck of 100+ cards is comprised of key strategies and tactics that have inspired centuries of people-powered victories. Use it to get creatively unstuck, design an action that pops, flashcard your way through social movement history, learn and teach organizing, win grassroots victories, or just have fun staying up late with friends playing Radical Charades.
Here's what comes in the box:
- 126 over-sized cards
- How to Play Booklet
- Bullhorn and 100,000 people not included
These Strategy Cards were compiled by over 170 grassroots activists from across 5 continents in 7 languages, featuring notable movement strategists including Arundhati Roy, George Monbiot, and Mark and Paul Engler.
Each card includes a unique QR code. Use your smartphone camera to automatically pop up a link to the full version of each card in the Beautiful Trouble online toolbox.
The cards in Beautiful Trouble can be used for a variety of purposes, and the deck also comes with rules on how to use them to play six different mini-games!
- Radical Charades
- Design a Creative Action
- Divine the Future
- Eternal Debates
The suits (categories) in the deck are as follows:
Tactics: Specific forms of creative action, such as a flash mob or blockade.
Principles: Hard-won insights that can guide or inform creative action design.
Theories: Big-picture concepts and ideas that help us understand how the world works and how we might go about changing it.
Stories: Accounts of memorable actions and campaigns, analysing what worked (or didn’t) and why. Useful for illustrating how principles, tactics, theories and methodologies can be successfully applied in practice.
Methodologies: Strategic frameworks and hands-on exercises to help you assess your situation and plan your campaign.
Debates: Eternal controversies (such as, change the world or change yourself?) that must be constantly wrestled with.
Beautiful Trouble: Strategy Card Deck is a collaboration between The TESA Collective and Beautiful Trouble.
Learn more about the project here.
Description and images courtesy Beautiful Trouble and TESA Collective