Social movements – which occasionally produce protests, marches, and demonstration – are sustained groupings that develop a frame or narrative based on shared values, that maintain a link with a real and broad base in the community, and that build long-term transformation in systems of power. While a handful of institutions support various aspects of social movements, PERE may be the only one studying the ecology of social change, itself. Most of our work in this area provides guidepost to both foundations and the field to think through what makes for successful social movements, the capacities needed and how to fund them effectively, by suggesting vital elements for movements, alliances, and leadership development. Our partners have included The California Endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and countless community organizers who have shared their wisdom with us.
Projects in this research area are: