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MSC supports people, organizations, alliances, and networks to have the leadership, vision and relationships necessary to move from grievance to governance, from incremental change to transformation.

— Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Demos

Movement Strategy Center understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are.

Transformative movements recognize that we are whole people, our communities are whole, and because the issues and problems are interconnected our systemic solutions and movements must be interconnected as well. For society to change we need our movements, and the people in our movements, to mirror and embody transformation right now.

Along with a growing wave of movement makers, Movement Strategy Center believes incremental change strategies are inadequate in the face of rapidly accelerating climate disruption and growing inequality. Incremental change strategies cannot keep pace. Because the scale and nature of the problems we face are exponential, our change strategies need to be exponential as well. Transformative strategies are needed to generate the exponential change needed.

But how do we accomplish this? How do we achieve transformation – the exponential shift of reality?

Movement Strategy Center’s approach is grounded in four elements that are the core of transformative movement building: leading with audacious vision and bold purpose; deeply embodying the values at the heart of the vision; building radical and deep community around the vision; and using all of that – vision, embodiment, and connection – to strategically navigate toward the future.

Four Elements of Transformative Movement Building

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Four Elements of Transformative Movement Building - Audacious Vision

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1 Leading with Audacious Vision & Bold Purpose

Transformative movement builders are leading with an audacious vision of the world we actually need. These are not utopic visions, they are rooted in wisdom of the past,awareness of the present and our best hopes for the future. Transformative movement builders ground themselves in this vision, as well as a deep understanding of the purpose that guides them.

Four Elements of Transformative Movement Building - Deep Embodiment

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2 Deep Embodiment

Beyond simply believing that another world is possible, transformative movement builders are generating and experiencing this new world here and now by practicing and embodying a new set of values. They are committing to cultivating this new way of being and culture with joy, humor, humility and discipline. They recognize that the secret is to be the future now.

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3Radical Connection and Community

Transformative movements recognize that everything gets done through relationships and nothing gets done without them. At their heart, movements are about people, and cultures are about people and our relationships to each other and to the earth. Through deep listening, breakthrough conversations, and cultivating radical connections, movements are making leaps previously unthinkable.

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4Strategic Navigation

With audacious vision, deep embodiment, and radical connection, transformative movement makers are navigating strategically and adaptively through rapidly changing environments, towards an emergent future. They use transformative strategies to generate nonlinear, synergistic, and highly networked action. They align different approaches into collective strategies that leverage everyone’s strengths. They help us make big leaps towards a new society even as we dismantle the old systems that no longer serve us.

Through the practices of leading with vision, deep embodiment, radical connection, and strategic navigation, movement makers transform ourselves, our movements, our strategies, our relationships, and our world.

And while the causes and consequences of injustice are global in nature, the most viable solutions for addressing them are local and regional, they are grounded in an understanding of ‘place.’ Effective transitions strategies are rooted in the cultural and ecological characteristics of a particular region and deeply engage the people living there.

Together we can transition from a world where the few live at the expense of the many, to a world where the many govern for the benefit of all. As many movements are saying, we need all of us to change everything.

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