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Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan

A summary of Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan. He describes eight stages through which social movements normally progress over a period of years and decades. It provides organizers with a…

The Four Roles of Social Activism by Bill Moyer

Introduction Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan defines stages and roles in social movements. The following excerpt from Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements introduces the crucial four…

A diagram of the eight stages of social movements

Surviving the ups and downs of social movements

We tend to talk about activist burnout as an individualised experience – but Bill Moyer saw patterns in widespread discouragement in social movements. His model for understanding social change, the…

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Frameworks for Winning Change

…I see the good folks from Training for Change have already put together information on three models, by Martin Luther King, Jr, George Lakey, and Bill Moyer. To these three…

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Exploring roles in social change movements

…the different roles people can play in social movements. Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan provides a valuable road map for social movements in the form of the 8 stages of…

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The People Power Manual: Campaign Strategy Guide

…Jr’s six stage campaign planning framework………..116 Handout | Four roles in successful social movements (Bill Moyer 1990)………….117 Handout | Eight Stages of Social Movement Success (Bill Moyer 1990)…………….118 Process Guide…

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Time to Move the Rock

…power. US strategist Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan (MAP) is referenced in Strategy and Soul. Moyer offers two models for understanding power that can help us make sense of the…

Top 10 resources of 2020

…past which highlight ways we can undertake action whilst maintaining safe health practices and physical distance. Bill Moyer’s Four Roles of Social Activism from Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for…

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Lessons from the Greensboro Student Sit-ins

…a trend that has been observed numerous times in social movements, and named by Bill Moyer in his discussion of the four roles of activists. Moyer appreciates the role of…

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10 Great Resources on Activist Wellbeing

…individualised experience – but Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan, a framework for understanding social movements, factors in perception of failure, providing insights and hope for navigating the downs in movement…

Coalition Building: Start Here

…the value of custom-fitting organising strategies to fit local contexts. Understanding roles and tensions in coalitions The Four Roles of Social Activism introduces Bill Moyer’s Four Roles of Social Activism:…

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Why campaigns, not protests, get the goods

…see how we can improve to step up our game. Campaigns are ongoing and therefore invite participants to play what strategist Bill Moyer called the four fundamental roles for social…

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Activist Support and Debriefing

…of results, but unresolved and unsatisfactory relationships with other activists. Bill Moyer highlights that many people adhere to a belief that they are powerless and that what they are doing…

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