it's time 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—who are looking for new and innovative ways to support and protect activists and the movements they’re building.

Running January 16 - March 6, 2018, 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 get built;

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

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

why adopt a movement mindset?

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Activism is under threat, with civic space shrinking across the globe. Rhize’s recently published report Understanding Activism shows these conditions have often been made worse by the ways in which external actors try to support activists. Rhize developed the curriculum for Adopting a Movement Mindset based on our research, which surveyed over 1100 activists in ten countries, asking what activists really want and need in terms of support.

Register for the course 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 that runs from January 16, 2018 until March 6, 2018. The course 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.

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):



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 haa 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. 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.

Register today!

Complete the form below to register. Use the code “RHIZEUP” for a 10% early-bird discount for registration before December 7, 2017. We are also offering discounted group rates and scholarships. You can inquire about these options on the registration form.

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.”