Mission & Vision
Why Progressive Movements?
Life on planet earth is in flux. Systems we rely upon are either in crisis or evolving in unanticipated directions. Disruption can cloud our thinking to the point where it is difficult to see clear solutions.
To optimize our chances of shifting to a more just, equitable and nourishing society, we need strong and vibrant progressive movements to help lead the way.
At CTF, we use the term “movements” to encompass organizations and individuals using a wide range of approaches to effect change, including:
- creative disruption of the status quo
- community organizing
- influencing media & culture
- building political power
- personal transformation
- lobbying and advocacy
To us, “progressive” covers work on a range of issue areas (from the environment to human rights to social justice to democratic reforms) and at many scales (from large-scale systems to local community well being).
Progressive movements face a host of pressures from corporate, government, and cultural interests. We also face challenges from the inside due to conflicts related to group dynamics, resources, identity, and strategy.
These conflicts are inevitable whenever people come together to take on difficult and important work. There is a rising awareness among progressive activists and leaders that we need more resilient movements — and that working through internal and external conflicts frees up energy and resources we can direct toward our goals.
We envision a future where conflicts within progressive movements are harnessed for their potential positive impact. Conflicts become more generative and less harmful. They lead to greater strength, clarity of purpose and effectiveness in the individuals and organizations involved.