Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by Stephen Duncombe — (FREE PDF) part analysis of popular culture, part how-to guide to creative activism, Steve make a case for how activists can, and must tap into popular dreams and use spectacle in their work…and do it ethically.
The Strategic Questioning Manual by Fran Peavey – (free pdf) A great shift in perspective on how we approach audiences, and how we can use respect and questions (instead of providing answers or challenges) to be more effective.
The Moral Equivalent of War by William James — (free pdf) Classic essay by the great philosopher and psychologist on how we must understand and respect — and appropriate — the good desires that motivate people to do bad stuff.
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. Almost 50 years old but still the great guide to organizing. And a fun read too.
Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution edited by Andrew Boyd and David Oswald Mitchel. An invaluable collection of examples, theories and case studies for those interested in creative activism.
Re:Imagining Change: How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World by Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough. People like stories. They help us make sense of our world and our place in it. This book shows you how you can use this in your work.