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A BUD can organize training weekends for themselves through which they can gain more skills, confidence and clarity in order to become more active and effective in change efforts. Some examples of various types of training:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Training for People Who Want to be Trainers
  • How to Throw a Festival
  • Community Outreach


Sources: Building Social Change Communities

Contributors: Peter Woodrow, The Training/Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New Society

Recommended Reading:  Building Social Change Communities 

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The Facilitator might choose to focus what has been said by summarizing. The summary might be made by the facilitator, the Note-taker, or anyone else appropriate. This preempts a common problem, in which the discussion becomes circular, and one after another, speakers repeat each other.

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Whole Group

The value of whole group discussion is the evolution of a group idea. A group idea is not simply the sum of individual ideas, but the result of the interaction of ideas during discussion. Whole Group Discussion can be unstructured and productive. It can also be very structured, using various Facilitation Techniques to focus it. Often, Whole Group Discussion does not produce maximum participation or a diversity of ideas. During Whole Group Discussion, fewer people get to speak, and, at times, the attitude of the group can be dominated by an idea, a mood, or a handful of people.

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Non-Zero Day System

Everyone has days when things don’t go as planned. Maybe you messed up at work, or had a fight with your partner, are dealing with some weather-related blues, or perhaps you just can’t find the motivation to seize the day—and you don’t really know why. A no_more_zero_days.pngReddit user named ryans01 shared a lengthy comment jam packed with self-help tips in response to a post made by a fellow Reddit user. 

The original post reads: “I have lots of things I want to learn and do with my life, but I can’t even bring myself to do what I’m required to do… I have no money, no one who really cares about me, shitty grades, shitty diet and exercise, and the worst part of it? It’s not even that I hate any of this. I hate feeling like this, but not even enough to do something about it.”

This is the advice ryans01 shared that made his reply go viral all over the internet:

“My name’s Ryan and I live in Canada. Just moved to a new city for a dream job that I got because of the rules below. I owe a lot of my success to people much cooler, kinder, more loving and greater than me. When I get the chance to maybe let a little bit of help out, it’s a way of thanking them,” he wrote.

He then delivered four simple rules.

  1. Have as many ‘Non Zero Days’ as you can.
  2. Be grateful to the three you’s (Past, Present and Future you)
  3. Forgive
  4. Exercise and read books. (You get endorphins and exercise your mind)

His concept of Non-Zero Days in particular has really resonated with many people: “There are no more zero days. What’s a zero day? A zero day is when you don’t do a single f**king thing towards whatever dream or goal or want or whatever that you got going on. No more zeros,” ryans01 wrote.


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Communities Magazine

Communities magazine is the primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urbanCommunities_Magazine.jpg co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes.

Communities also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods.


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You the People Have the Power

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Nonviolence Magazine

Nonviolence magazine opens a picture on the emerging world of peace, justice and harmony. 



Nonviolence is a hope-filled resource for practical idealists. Our aim is to offer fresh perspectives on human potential and inspire constructive action around the issues that matter: peacebuilding, democracy, social justice, economy, climate protection.


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What Really Motivates Us

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Save Money on Transportation


  • Walk or use a bicycle for short distances
  • Use public transportation
  • Use a rideshare service like: 







         -Relay Rides




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