The growing number of social movements globally are reshaping civil societies everywhere. To support them, institutions must work differently, with new tools and approaches –the movement mindset.

learn how to adopt a movement mindset!

Join Rhize’s global community for Adopting a Movement Mindset*, an 8-week virtual course designed to help civil society professionals — campaigners, advocates, technologists, program managers, funders, executives, etc. — who are looking for new and innovative ways to support and protect activists and the movements they’re building. The first 6 weeks will be interactive trainings, with the last 2 weeks as optional workshops for developing action plans with course coaches from around the globe.

This course will help you integrate a “movement mindset”* into your work and build new approaches to supporting social movements in your community more effectively and responsibly.

This course will help you:

  • Understand how effective movements develop;

  • Recognize what activists really need and how you can support them; and

  • Develop an action plan for how to work with movements in your community.


Read the syllabus from last session and stay tuned for the release of this session's syllabus, coming soon!

why adopt a movement mindset?

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Activism is under threat, with civic space shrinking across the globe. Rhize’s 2017 report Understanding Activism shows these conditions have often been made worse by the ways in which external actors such as institutional funders and NGOs try to support activists. Rhize developed the curriculum for Adopting a Movement Mindset based on our research, which surveyed over 1,100 activists in ten countries, identifying what activists really want and need in terms of support.

Fill out an interest form and learn to leverage your organization’s capacity to better amplify and support movements in your community!

what to expect from the course

Adopting a Movement Mindset is an eight-week virtual course which includes:

  • A weekly 90-minute webinar covering core movement-building concepts;

  • Individualized coaching support to help apply course concepts to your work so that you walk away with an action plan for supporting movements in your community; and

  • Opportunities to learn from and share with civil society peers through group coaching sessions and online discussion.

Here's what various civil society professionals have said after taking the course:

“Rhize’s methodology helped us better understand the social movements we are a part                        of and how to better structure our work to achieve greater impact.”                      –  Sheila Ferniza, Centro de Innovación e Impacto Social, Monterrey, México

“Good balance of theory and practice, with lots of opportunity for peer-to-peer learning from a great diverse global cohort of both, those within movements and those outside them, trying to better support them.”
 – Nada Zohdy, Open Gov Hub

“As someone who feels that he is both supporting and participating in movements while trying to find a balance between the two, professional development and community-based learning has been applicable immediately. In planning out and implementing our most proximate campaign, I have re-evaluated the conditions for our movement formation... The course has enabled me to understand that I needed to expand my                                                                   framework of thinking.”                                                         – Ian Schiffer, Young Progressives Demanding Action


Learning From The Experts

When you register, you are signing up to be taught by members of Rhize’s Global Coaching Corps, composed of veteran  movement coaches who have worked with dozens of movements globally. Coaches may include (TBC):

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dmytro potekhin

Dmytro is former policy analyst of the embassy of Japan to Ukraine who left the embassy in 2000 to join street protests against the authoritarian regime. He started and managed the key US-funded fair vote project of the nonviolent 2004 Orange Revolution. Dmytro is a co-founder of the Online Civic Studies Academy, runs Nonviolent.Solutions Agency and develops counter-disinformation tool for Stanford University.

janet cherry

Janet is an activist of the South African liberation movement, having gained experience in the 1980s in both underground and above-ground organization and mobilization against the apartheid regime. Since then she has worked as an activist in ecosocialist, human rights and anti-war movements, in international solidarity movements including Palestine, and as a trainer in strategic nonviolence and civil resistance with activists from a number of countries including Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Egypt and Sierra Leone. Janet is currently a professor in Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, engaged in action research on sustainable development and democratic participation, and teaching a Masters course in 'Social movements and social change'.


héctor castañon

Hector holds an MSc in development planning and management and a PhD in social anthropology. His expertise is on participatory planning for community development. He works with communities and civil society organizations to mobilize local capacities for social change in México. Is cofounder of Tómala.Mx and does research on emergent movements.


Organizational Budget Course Fee
For Funders $900 per student
Budget greater than $1 million $750 per student
Budget of $500,000 - $1 million $500 per student
Budget under $500,000 $350 per student
Unaffiliated Individual $250 per student
Group Rates By request

tuition information

Rhize is committed to creating equitable access to each of our courses. Tuition fees are based  on a sliding scale, corresponding to organizational budget size. Our goal is to ensure your participation is not cost prohibitive. Rhize can also give out partial scholarships as needed.

Discounted group rates are available by request.

Your tuition directly supports Rhize’s global ecosystem of movement support, allowing us to compensate our coaches equitably, scale opportunities for co-learning and sustain the core infrastructure that powers our global community.

more about understanding activism

Activism is under attack, and Rhize’s groundbreaking report, Understanding Activism, has the data proving that civil society is part of the problem but can also be a part of the solution. In interviewing over 1100 activists from ten countries, the research reveals what activists really need to be more effective as well as how external actors can play a role in doing more good than harm.

*Rhize borrows the phrase “movement mindset” from the work of Maria Stephan, Sadaf Lakhani and Nadia Naviwala in their piece “Aid to Civil Society: A Movement Mindset.”