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Joshua Kahn


Joshua Kahn Russell is a social movement facilitator, campaign strategist, and non-violent direct action coordinator who has trained thousands of activists across the globe. He is available for keynotes and trainings and workshops via Evil Twin Booking Agency.


Joshua Kahn is a social movement facilitator who has trained thousands of activists across the globe. He is the Executive Director of The Wildfire Project, and facilitator/action-coordinator with the Ruckus Society. Most recently, Joshua managed the Global Training Program at

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. He has spent the last 17 years as an organizer, campaign strategist, and non-violent direct action coordinator.

Joshua is a stage performer, integrating engaged storytelling, song, and popular-education facilitation techniques into music festivals, concerts, and multimedia cultural events. He has toured nationally and internationally with Nahko and Medicine for the People on the HOKA Call To Action Tour; Propagandhi on the Supporting Caste and Potemkin City Limits tours; and Microcosm Publishing on the Cut and Paste tour.



He has written and co-edited numerous books and manuals, most recently 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. Additionally, his work has been recently quoted or mentioned in We Rise (Xiuhtezcatl Martinez 2017), How to Let Go and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (Josh Fox Film HBO 2016), Antonio Gramsci: Critical Explorations in Contemporary Thought (Mark McNally 2015), Undoing Border Imperialism (Harsha Walia 2014), Strike! (Jeremy Brecher, revised ed 2014), Oil and Honey (Bill McKibben 2013), and Oppose and Propose (Andrew Cornell 2011)

He has written for Znet, Grist,, 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.

Examples of Joshua’s projects include roles as lead trainer for the Tar Sands Action White House protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline; Program Coordinator for Global Power Shift, a youth climate convergence of 500 leaders from 135 countries, in Istanbul Turkey; action coordinator supporting The Pacific Climate Warriors in blockading the largest coal port in the world with traditional canoes in Australia; and co-founder of the Bay Area Solidarity Action Team.

Joshua has conducted workshops and group retreats around the world including: Brazil, Turkey, Vietnam, Australia, Canada, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Spain, Denmark, Jamaica, Guatemala, Mexico, and nearly all continental US states.



Joshua is available to facilitate retreats, strategic planning sessions, individual coaching 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

Team Building

Organizational Alignment

Organizing 101, 102, 103


Media & Message development

Power and Privilege

Working through Conflict

Introduction to Ecological Justice

U.S. Social Movement History

Non-Violent Direct Action / Civil Disobedience 101, 102, 103

Non-Violent Direct Action / Civil Disobedience planning and design

Student & Youth Organizing

Solidarity: navigating privilege and tools for allies

Building your group Vision

Consensus decision-making and other process options

Coaching for executive leadership teams

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

The Spirituality of Climate Change

Activists navigating Mental Health, Disability, and Burnout

Theories of change in social movements

Building our power: Social Movements in the 21st Century

Civil Disobedience: storytelling and learning from the past

Direct Action Stories across movements

Solidarity: supporting communities on the frontlines of coal and oil extraction


Joshua has trained, given talks to, & facilitated numerous groups, including:

Act Everywhere; American Jewish World Service; AW@L; Australian Youth Climate Coalition; Bard University; Beehive Design Collective; Beyond Coal And Gas Australia; Bioneers; Bloomsburg University; Brandeis University, Business Ethics Network; Canada Power Shift; Campement d’Action Climatique Quebec; Canadian U.N. Youth Delegation; Causa Justa / Just Cause; Central Valley Air Quality Coalition; CHANGE Vietnam; Climate Justice Action; Climate Justice Now!; Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Divestment Student Network; Don’t Frack Ohio; Dream City Collective; Dream Defenders; Earth Quaker Action Team; Energy Action Coalition; False Profit; Firestorm Cafe; Fossil Free Coalition; Gasland; Greenpeace USA; Greenpeace Semester / Organizing Term; IfNotNow; International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life; Justice League; March For Elephants; Medicine for The People; Mobilization for Climate Justice – West; Mountain Justice; Mujeres Unidas y Activas; New School Radical Students Union; Oakland College Preparatory High School; Pacific Climate Warriors; Peaceful Uprising; Pacific Climate Warriors; People’s Climate Movement, Power Shift; Power Shift Canada; Puente Movement AZ; Rainforest Action Network; Regional Center for Healthy Communities; Rising Tide North America; Ruckus Society; RYSE Earth Guardians; Santa Cruz Strike Committee; Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC); Students for A Democratic Society; Student Power Convergence; Tar Sands Action; Tikkun Leil Shabbat; Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice; United Nations International Youth Delegation (YOUNGO); United Students Against Sweatshops; United Students for Fair Trade; United States Coastguard Academy; U.S. Social Forum; Yale University; Yale School of Forestry; 99% Spring



“Joshua Kahn 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 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 Riley, 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 get 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 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 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 and Hilary Moore’s booklet.”

—Noam Chomsky


“From Indigenous people’s sharing of prophecy, to lock-downs and blockades, from marches to hip-hop tours, from horseback rides to hunger strikes, and from mass arrests in front of the White House and Parliament to court battles, A Line in the Tar Sands examines the ongoing struggle to protect Sacred Water and Mother Earth through the voices and actions of the people who are living it. Read A Line in the Tar Sands and be heartbroken to learn the extent of the destruction of Mother Earth. Be inspired by the people working to stop the destruction.”

—Debra White Plume, Moccasins on the Ground, Owe Aku International


“Avoiding ‘game over for climate’ requires drawing a line in the tar sands sludge. Joshua Kahn et al’s anthology makes clear why and how this tar sands quagmire could be the beginning of the end for the mighty fossil fuel industry.”

—Dr. James Hansen, NASA


“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 21st 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


“Beautiful Trouble is a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary.”

—Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough, This Changes Every Thing, and Shock Doctrine


“The story of Greenhouse Goo is global. But so is its resistance: beautiful, complex, and rich. A Line in the Tar Sands is drawn with hope and righteous anger, celebrating the cosmologies that the tar sands industry – and its politicians – would destroy.”

—Raj Patel, Stuffed and Starved



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Joshua Kahn keynotes at PowerShift 2012 (part 1)
Joshua Kahn keynotes at PowerShift 2012 (part 2)
Joshua Kahn speaking at the United Nations on REDD, Indigenous rights and forest protection


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