The Alliance of Community Trainers offers knowledge, tools, and skills to individuals, organizations and communities to empower sustainable transformation.

Whether it be community or organizational development, problem solving or conflict resolution, consensus decision-making, facilitation, strategic campaigns, media and public speaking, alternative technology, nonviolent action and environmental sustainability, we support people starting where they are, learning their vision of what they want.

Solutions to current community problems lie within the communities themselves, when people obtain the information, training and skills needed to facilitate those solutions.

The Alliance of Community Trainers weaves together experiences in different movements, issues, geographic areas and people of different ages, genders, cultures and ethnicities when working with groups to help them best achieve the world and life they want.

After many years and lots of sweat and tears, Lisa’s book about the power of nonviolent direct action and people power movements is hitting the shelves on September 3, 2019!   Stories range from the Pledge of Resistance in the 1980’s to Justice for Janitors, the Global Justice Movement, Common Ground Relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Gaza Freedom March, OCCUPY, the Ferguson Uprising, to Standing Rock in 2016 with much more woven through.  I included tool boxes for some simple HOW TO’s and a bit of theory as well!   To learn more about the book you can go to

Hope you will buy the book and spread the word!

ura trainingUndoing Racism Austin is a collective effort by a group that includes artists, lawyers, community organizers, educators, and neighborhood activists. We are committed to Austin’s strong and equitable future by eliminating the very real and painful racial inequities in our City and in people’s lives. Undoing Racism Austin is a new initiative supported by ACT that is focused on organizing trainings with the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond on how we can undo racism and build a city rooted in racial equity.   November 8-10, 2013 was the first training. We’re growing fast. Learn more here:


From the Alliance of Community Trainers, ACT

The Occupy movement has had enormous successes in the short time since September when activists took over a square near Wall Street. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of active participants, spawned occupations in cities and towns all over North America, changed the national dialogue and garnered enormous public support. It’s even, on occasion, gotten good press!

Now we are wrestling with the question that arises again and again in movements for social justice—how to struggle. Do we embrace nonviolence, or a ‘diversity of tactics?’ If we are a nonviolent movement, how do we define nonviolence? Is breaking a window violent?

We write as a trainers’ collective with decades of experience, from the anti-Vietnam protests of the sixties through the strictly nonviolent antinuclear blockades of the seventies, in feminist, environmental and anti-intervention movements and the global justice mobilizations of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. We embrace many labels, including feminist, anti-racist, eco-feminist and anarchist. We have many times stood shoulder to shoulder with black blocs in the face of the riot cops, and we’ve been tear-gassed, stun-gunned, pepper sprayed, clubbed, and arrested. Continue reading

ACT trainers have been busy doing trainings in New York, Washington DC, Austin, TX, San Francisco, Los Angeles.  We have been mentoring organizers and trainers in many other cities including Oakland, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Philly, and Chicago!  We are working in collaboration with many other trainers networks and organizations to build best practices, provide trainer support and gather common training materials and resources.

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EAT began in late 2000 when author and activist Starhawk and permaculture designer and master teacher Penny Livingston-Stark asked some new questions: “What can permaculturalists and activists learn from each other that would make each more effective? What skills do people need to know in order to really ‘save the planet’? How can we teach these skills in ways that ripple out to others?” Penny and Starhawk combined their many years of knowledge and created the first Earth Activist Training, held the following spring in 2001. EAT took root and flourished.

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