about joshua

Joshua Kahn Russell is a core trainer, facilitator, and action coordinator with The Wildfire Project, and the Ruckus Society. He currently serves as the Global Trainings Manager at 350.org, and has trained thousands of activists. He is an organizer, helps design protest actions, and does group facilitation with change-makers from around the world. He has worked for the last 11 years with a wide variety of organizations, movements, and campaigns.

Joshua has written and edited numerous books and manuals, most recently the forthcoming A Line In The Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice (Between the Lines Press 2014), Beautiful Trouble with Andrew Boyd (O/R Press 2012), and Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis, with Hilary Moore (PM Press 2011). You can see his other publications here. Recently, Joshua was a lead trainer for the Tar Sands Action protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline. He has helped campaigns win against banks, oil companies, logging corporations, and coal barons; worked with a wide variety of groups in a breadth of arenas, from local resiliency projects, to national coalitions, to the United Nations Climate Negotiations.

Currently, Joshua is coordinating the program for Global Power Shift, a youth climate convergence of 500 leaders from 135 countries, in Istanbul Turkey.

Joshua is a regular writer for Znet, Grist, Rabble.ca, WireTap, and It’s Getting Hot In Here, and his articles have appeared in Yes! Magazine, Left Turn Magazine, Peacework Magazine, Upping the Anti, and Z Magazine, among others.

His artwork has appeared on the cover of books authored by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and Noam Chomsky, smartMeme, and in the Celebrate People’s History poster series – you can see his art here.

TRAININGS, TALKS, & WORKSHOPS:

Joshua is available to facilitate retreats, strategic planning sessions, or consult on a longer term basis. He offers workshops on a wide variety of topics, and all curriculum is custom designed to meet your group’s goals. Workshops can last from a few hours to a few days or even weeks based on your groups needs and capacity. Trainings Joshua has offered in the past include:

  • Training for Trainers
  • Social Movement Strategy
  • Campaign Strategy
  • Action Strategy & Design
  • Organizing 101, 102, 103
  • Facilitation
  • Media & Message development
  • Introduction to Ecological Justice
  • U.S. Social Movement History
  • Intro to Non-Violent Direct Action / Civil Disobedience
  • Non-Violent Direct Action / Civil Disobedience planning and design
  • Student & Youth Organizing
  • Solidarity: navigating privilege and tools for allies
  • Building your group Vision

In addition, Joshua is available to give a speech, talk, or host a multimedia discussion on a range of topics, including:

  • Theories of change in social movements
  • Building our power: Social Movements in the 21st Century
  • What’s Left? Learning from the Right
  • Civil Disobedience: storytelling and learning from the past
  • Direct Action Stories across movements
  • Solidarity: supporting communities on the frontlines of coal and oil extraction
  • Organize!: different organizing models from around the world

Joshua has trained, given talks to, & facilitated numerous groups including: 
Act Everywhere; American Jewish World Service; AW@L; Bard  University; Beehive Design CollectiveBioneers; Bloomsburg University; Brandeis University, Business Ethics Network; Campement d’Action Climatique Quebec; Canadian U.N. Youth DelegationCentral Valley Air Quality CoalitionClimate Justice Action; Climate Justice Now!; Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Don’t Frack Ohio, Dream City CollectiveEarth Quaker Action TeamEnergy Action CoalitionFirestorm Cafe; Fossil Free Coalition; GaslandGreenpeace USAGreenpeace Semester / Organizing TermInternational Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life; Justice League; Mobilization for Climate Justice – WestMountain JusticeNew School Radical Students UnionPeaceful UprisingPower Shift; Power Shift Canada; Puente Movement AZ; Rainforest Action NetworkRegional Center for Healthy CommunitiesRising Tide North AmericaRuckus SocietySanta Cruz Strike Committee;Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)Students for A Democratic SocietyTar Sands ActionTikkun Leil ShabbatUnited Nations International Youth Delegation (YOUNGO)United Students Against SweatshopsUnited Students for Fair TradeUnited States Coastguard Academy,U.S. Social Forum, Yale University, 350.org Southeast Asian Youth, 99% Spring

ENDORSEMENTS

“Joshua Kahn Russell and Hilary Moore’s manual will be useful to all who want to make change creatively and peacefully in our brutal times.”

—Dr. Vandana Shiva

“Joshua Kahn Russell is a dedicated, very effective organizer who operates with his eye on the bigger picture of building mass movements for structural change to society. I have seen him at work in a number of arenas and many would benefit from his insight and experience.”

 —Boots Reilly, The Coup

“A little while back I felt myself weaving in and out of the sad adult pattern of throwing in the towel on humanity. Then I watched Joshua Kahn Russellget up in front of crowds of allegedly apathetic young music fans night after night, and systematically win them over to the sane side of the climate debate. He may help you pull your grown-up head out of your adult ass.”

 —Chris Hannah, Propagandhi

“In an atmosphere heavy doomsday predictions and fear, Organizing Cools the Planet is a breath of fresh air. Joshua Kahn Russell and Hilary Moore weave together stories and organizing tools to create a vision for practical transition amid the climate crisis. Their booklet confronts pressing questions of our time.”

—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Founding Director, Indigenous World Association & author.

“I watched Joshua Kahn Russell and his colleagues train more than a thousand people over two weeks to get arrested in civil disobedience. Not a one participant broke discipline; as far as I could tell every one of them was deeply satisfied with the training they got. It was hard duty, but given how often I’ve watched Joshua come through in the past it didn’t surprise me a bit.”

—Bill McKibben

“There is no task more urgent than to organize a mass popular movement to deal effectively with the looming environmental crisis.  The barriers are high, the forces opposed powerful.  All the more reason to dedicate ourselves to the kinds of efforts outlined in Joshua Kahn Russell and Hilary Moore’s booklet.”

—Noam Chomsky

“As the climate crisis becomes increasingly unignorable, our movements must learn to navigate a rapidly changing and high stakes political landscape. Our times demand we think bigger, push harder, and reimagine the possibilities for 21rst century movement building. This potent little pamphlet is a great place to begin the conversation. Authored by two visionary young leaders who share their personal struggles and hard earned lessons from organizing at the intersection of justice, ecology and change, Organizing Cools the Planet is required reading for anyone who gives a damn about the future. Tune in for some indispensable analysis, provocative thinking and a healthy dose of people-powered optimism.”

—Patrick Reinsborough, co-founder smartMeme Strategy & Training Project

20 responses

11 09 2007
cesar

yo josh…i’m designing a few brochures and fliers for ran, and as i was looking for good images i ran across this website which i had not seen before! great work bro. i like being on your team. ;) hope to roll with you soon. peace

16 10 2007
Ishy

Look at the kingman! Keep the fire blazing– I don’t know if that is appropriate Rainforest talk. One Love. Ishy

9 12 2007
beccarast

josh is great!

29 12 2007
Marcelle Cendrars

I would like Josh to get in touch with me to discuss a plan for protest/change which follows a new paradigm…to set up a meeting in person (with me or with one of my colleagues), in confidence. Blessings in solidarity, Marcelle Cendrars, daughter of Blaise Cendrars, at bcendra@yahoo.com. P.S. Anyone reading this who lives in California is invited to respond on the same count too.

4 03 2008
bibomedia

:)

27 04 2008
chika noya

joshie is a cool kid

20 08 2008
on megacamps and imaginal cells « It’s Getting Hot In Here

[…] Joshua Kahn Russell is a trainer and organizer with Rainforest Action Network who currently directs RAN’s Action Tank. […]

30 09 2008
BallotVox » Blog Archive » First Presidential Debate

[…] two scorecards. Joshua Kahn Russell lives in Oakland, California, but spends a lot of time criss-crossing the country fighting for […]

2 12 2008
dan bloom

trying to locate Joshua Kahn Russell re Poznan climate talks. need to interview you for news story

danbloom at gmail

aSap

9 02 2009
Jason D.

Hi Josh,

I am going through the internet looking for folks who might be interested in reviewing my new book, “Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists.” You can find out more here: http://www.jasondelgandio.com. I’ve looked at your site and think you and your readers would be a great fit for the book. If you’d like to do a review, just email me and I can get you a free copy. Also, your photo looks familiar… any chance you’ve been to NCOR in DC?

Best,
Jason

29 03 2009
Lacey

When we were like 15 I always knew you were going to make some kind of positive difference! But damn look at you FIXING the world! I LOVE IT! YOU ROCK!

30 03 2009
Aaron Petcoff

nobody like bad brains anymore. :(

6 11 2009
dunk

hi josh, nice quick work on getting todays BCN plenary vid online. ive stuck it out on indymedia ireland twitter and facebook

http://www.indymedia.ie/article/94690

21 12 2009
zoï

hello Josh. Do you remember me? I am the one who disrupted the UN plenary on the 16th, we talked together before and right after it. I’d like to write you an email, but I don’t find your email address. Could you answer me please?
cheers, zzzzzzzzz

9 06 2010
Mehmet

Impressive

16 10 2010
LucAstro

Keep up the good work, very inspiring your actions. Enjoyed talking part in your training during the Climate Camp in Québec. As 10.10.10 action, I went into the Mexico subway and used a mic and talked about AGW, and recognizing the public transportation users as being part of the solution. After a few hours of this car to car jump, I was taking away by a policie operative…. It ended well though.

4 12 2010
Gibson Nabuteya Amenya

I will be glad to be in touch with organizations that works on climate change justice ,as kenya young greens we run activities on climate change in schools and universities

21 04 2011
Why I support the 21 arrested at Power Shift « Pick Up America

[…] overwhelmed with the need to care of myself, but staying still. I stayed while Tim DeChristoper and Joshua Kahn Russell spoke about the broader purpose of this action, how we fit into it. I stayed while organizers […]

10 06 2012
Book Review — Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution | CulturalOrganizing.org

[…] Walia, for example, writes about challenging patriarchy within your organization or group. And Joshua Kahn Russell from the Ruckus Society pens a few thoughtful pieces on basic organizing principles like […]

13 06 2012
Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution | Thunderhead Works

[…] Walia, for example, writes about challenging patriarchy within your organization or group. And Joshua Kahn Russell from the Ruckus Society pens a few thoughtful pieces on basic organizing principles like “Take […]

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