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 on September 9 — October 29, 2019 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.

what to expect from the course

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. It is an eight-week virtual course that includes:

  • A weekly 90-minute webinar covering core movement-building concepts for the first 6 weeks

  • Individualized and group 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.

  • The last 2 weeks function as recommended-but-optional workshops for developing action plans with course coaches from around the globe.

Schedule & Syllabus

Live webinar sessions will take place every Monday starting September 9, 2019 at 11am ET through October 28, 2019.** Individualized and group coaching support will be scheduled in between live sessions.

**It is possible to gain access to recordings of the live sessions, though it is strongly recommended that you participate in the live sessions in order to get the benefit of the group learning elements of the course.

Date Time Unit Topic Format
Mon Sep 9 11 am ET Unit 1 Introduction to Movements and Theories of Power Live webinar
Sep 10-13
Flexible Unit 1 Introduction to Movements and Theories of Power applications Coaching session
Mon Sep 16 11 am ET Unit 2 Movement Anatomy and Movement Dynamics Live webinar
Sep 17-20
Flexible Unit 2 Movement Anatomy and Movement Dynamics applications Coaching session
Mon Sep 23 11 am ET Unit 3 Movement Leadership Live webinar
Sep 24-27
Flexible Unit 3 Movement Leadership applications Coaching session
Mon Sep 30 11 am ET Unit 4 Movement Formation Live webinar
Oct 1-4
Flexible Unit 4 Movement Formation applications Coaching session
Mon Oct 7 11 am ET Unit 5 Supporting Movements Live webinar
Oct 8-11
Flexible Unit 5 Supporting Movements applications Coaching session
Mon Oct 14 11 am ET Unit 6 Incorporating a Movement Mindset Live webinar
Oct 15-18
Flexible Unit 6 Incorporating a Movement Mindset applications Coaching session
Mon Oct 21 11 am ET Unit 7 Creating an Action Plan Live webinar
Oct 22-25
Flexible Unit 7 Creating an Action Plan applications Coaching session
Mon Oct 28 11 am ET Unit 8 Creating an Action Plan, Part 2 Live webinar
Oct 29-Nov 1
Flexible Unit 8 Creating an Action Plan applications continued Coaching session

Read a more in-depth syllabus here.

Meet the Trainers

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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Ivan MarovIC

Ivan Marovic, former co-leader of the Serbian Otpor! Movement that brought down Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Ivan serves as Rhize’s Director of Global Training and Movement Support, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has gone on to train dozens of movements around the world, including in Ukraine, Egypt, Palestine, Uganda, Georgia, Taiwan and Kenya. Marovic is also a lead trainer for the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict.


Mariam Azeem

Mariam Azeem lives and works in Islamabad, Pakistan and has a background and passion for working with youth, women, gender and sexual minorities. In 2010, through collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights, SIDA and a national youth organization, she launched a national human rights education program that covered 41 districts of Pakistan, including Azad and Jammu Kashmir. Mariam played a vital role in drafting first ever transgender human rights bill that was recently passed in the parliament in Pakistan. She has a passion for using informal education and popular education techniques to support youth and marginalized communities across Pakistan and around the world. She is a renowned civil resistance trainer whose work focuses on transformational leadership, human rights education, nonviolent conflict and creating participatory and accountable citizenship and democracy. She received her certification in human rights education from Council of Europe in 2010 and further nurtured her skills from Equitas in 2012. In 2016, through support of Learning Initiative Network fund, she initiated series of first ever trainings on subject of nonviolent civil resistance and movement building to create understanding and importance of inclusive and participatory democracy and citizenship and demand deep, transparent and accountable democracy in Pakistan.

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

Register by August 13th to access the 10% Early Bird Discount!

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. Discounted group rates are available by request. We also offer scholarships on a case-by-case basis. You can inquire about these options during the registration process.

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 core infrastructure that powers our global community.


Interested in taking the course but prefer to take it with a group of colleagues? Rhize provides adapted versions of the Adopting a Movement Mindset course for organizations, based on organizational needs. Contact us to inquire further:

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why adopt a movement mindset?

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!


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

Interested but not ready to sign up today? Email with your questions.

*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.”