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Many Grains of Sand — Molts granets de sorra

In a world of 7 billion people, with desperate problems and distant leaders, what's the best way to make our voices heard? Studies show non-violent action is the most effective in bringing about change. "Many Grains of Sand" is a sourcebook of ideas, tried and tested by Catalan independentists,

Liz Castro

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"Per Sant Jordi: #OperacióEspanya"

Per ajudar-me a enviar **Muchos pequeños granos de arena a polítics i

periodistes espanyols** (#OperacióEspanya), seguiu aquest enllaç: #OperacióEspanya

Thanks to your generosity and enthusiasm, we made it to our original goal of 10,000€ and we'll be able to publish this important book. I'm so honored by your confidence and so jazzed by your enthusiasm. With each additional 1000€, we can translate the book into another language so it can reach more people: German, French, Spanish (ideas?). Upward and onward! And thank you!

A grain of sand is a Catalan expression which means doing one's part, making one's individual contribution, which no matter how small, is an essential and integral piece of a much larger puzzle. Millions of Catalans have participated in a variety of ways in their collective struggle to demand independence from Spain.

Each and every one of these events has been characterized by its non-violence, good nature, plurality, and emphasis on democratic process. At press time, Catalonia is firmly on its way toward independence, despite continued resistance from Spain, and may well be an example to the world of how to redraw borders peacefully and democratically.

The strategies that the Catalan people have designed are innovative and noteworthy and could well be used to inspire other peaceful movements for change. Catalonia's insistence on non-violence and its inventiveness should be shared around the world.

The book Many Grains of Sand will show what kinds of actions the Catalans have taken to convince both their own political leaders and those around the world to pay attention to their demands. From candle lightings to marches, from motorcycle rides to informal elections, from human chains to massive million person mosaics, Catalans have created a veritable catalog of attention-getting, mass-mobilization techniques that have been very successful in getting their ideas across to a wider public and attracting support of the politicians who lead Catalonia.

This book will give photographic evidence of these events as well as practical information about how they were organized in an effort to inspire and help others around the world to make positive changes in their own communities.

Many Grains of Sand will feature the work of prominent, professional photographers, like Lluís Brunet and Jordi Borràs, as well as pictures from the broader community. (Details below)

What's the money for

The money will be used to pay for the design, photographs, layout, editing, proofreading, translations, initial printing, distribution, marketing and promotion of the book.

The book will measure 8.5" x 8.5" (21.6cm x 21.6cm), be professionally designed, and be printed in color at various qualities to satisfy different budgets.

About the rewards

All sponsors will be thanked on our website. We couldn't create this book without you—or at the very least it wouldn't be nearly as much fun. A book lives through its readers and we hope you will share the book far and wide.

The book is available at three levels of quality to satisfy different budgets. There is a full color basic paperbook edition, a high quality color paperbook edition, and a no-holds barred, premium quality hard cover edition that is perfect for gift-giving. Thank you for helping support this project.

Finally, we really appreciate your economic support, but even more important is that you share this project with your friends, buy copies of the book for your family and especially your far away acquaintances, and that we tell people that there are lots of peaceful ways to change the world.


We hope to publish the book in early March, 2015 well in time for Catalonia's fabulous Sant Jordi festival the following month.

Submitting your photos

We have a long list of events that we are planning to add to the book, but we haven't been everywhere nor do we have photographs of every event. If you would like to submit your photograph for possible inclusion in the book, please fill out this form. If we choose your photo for inclusion in the book, we will contact you so we can get your express permission and also arrange for compensation.

Please share this project with your friends

We can change the world in a peaceful, democratic way. Please help spread the word through our Facebook page, Twitter, or other social media, or even (gasp!) email.

You can more information about the book on my website.

Who am I?

My name is Liz Castro, and I am a computer book author who has lived on and off in Catalonia for the last 25+ years. I have edited several books about Catalonia in English, including What's up with Catalonia? which you all helped me crowdfund a few years ago and which was a rounding success.


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  • Liz Castro

    Liz Castro

    over 8 years

    Glups. Gràcies. Sí, i tant. Puc fer noves recompenses: una cosa simbòlica, una quantitat més gran de llibres, o també he pensat en oferir de traduir un compte Twitter a l'anglès durant un dia, setmana, o mes... suggeriments a lcastro@cookwood.com

  • Jaume Sampériz

    Jaume Sampériz

    over 8 years

    Es pot donar més de 250€?

  • Liz Castro

    Liz Castro

    over 8 years

    Hola Oriol. Sí que es poden enviar fotografies, però és més fàcil per mi si les penges en algun lloc (Flickr, Dropbox, etc.) i em dones l'enllaç. Així puc descarregar només les que faré servir al llibre. N'hi ha moltes, moltes! Pots trobar el formulari aquí: www.lizcastro.com/un-granet-de-sorra.html

  • Oriol


    over 8 years

    Es poden enviar fotografies? Són de l'equip tècnic a la Plaça de les Glòries de l'11 de setembre del 2014, gràcies.

  • Liz Castro

    Liz Castro

    over 8 years

    Sí, la veritat és que m'encantaria tenir vídeos i ja en tinc uns quants. Però m'has d'enviar l'enllaç, no l'arxiu. Gràcies!

  • alexIII


    over 8 years

    Puc enviar un vídeo?

#04 / Presentem Molts granets de sorra - Many Grains of Sand el 12 de setembre

Quin plaer, quina alegria poder-vos escriure per dir que el llibre està a punt, i el presentem el dilluns que ve, dia 12 de setembre, a les 19h, amb la Molt Honorable Presidenta del Parlament, Carme Forcadell, i el periodista Arturo Puente, a l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans, al Carrer del Carme, 47 a Barcelona.

Si sou mecenes, i voleu recollir un exemplar en format rústic en anglès o català, si us plau, confirmeu la vostra assistència per correu electrònic.

I moltes, moltes gràcies per la vostra paciència. Sé que el llibre ha trigat molt més del que pensava que trigaria. Al final té 537 fotografies, fetes per 170 fotògrafs diferents. I crec que ha valgut la pena. Demostra l'evolució d'aquest moviment potent de canvi social que estem duent a terme, i alhora ofereix un exemple a seguir per tot el món. Espero que us animi a veure tot això que estem fent entre tots amb més perspectiva, i a agafar forces pel que potser serà l'etapa més difícil.

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#03 / On és el llibre?? (Where's the book?)

No està fet encara. El projecte del llibre "Molts granets de sorra" 'ha retardat més del compte per diverses raons. Primer de tot, s'ha convertit en un projecte molt gran—que intenta documentar fotogràficament molts i molts aspectes de la lluita per la independència. He rebut més de 5000 fotos i la feina de catalogar-les, etiquetar-les, triar-les i disposar-les en una maquetació efectiva està sent molt gran. He calculat malament el temps que costaria. El segon problema és que m'he presentat al Secretariat de l'ANC no sabent que en lloc de deu hores setmanals de suport lateral, la votació massiva i inesperada (gràcies!) em convirtiria en coordinadora de la comissió internacional i membre del Comité Permanent a temps complert i més.

El llibre sí que avança, gràcies a l'ajut d'un equip de dissenyadors meravellós, però no avança tan ràpidament com voldria sobre tot per culpa meva—hi ha coses que haig de fer jo mateixa. Tot i així, espero tenir-lo a principis de la tardor.

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#02 / We did it! - Ho hem aconseguit!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project so far. I am so honored by your confidence, and so jazzed by your enthusiasm. We will show that not only can you change the world peacefully, you can share ideas about how to do it :)

We still have six days, so if you have friends or acquaintances who still want to pre-order the book, by all means, send them the link. Any money gathered above and beyond the original goal will go towards translations of the book into other languages: Spanish, German, French... suggestions?


Gràcies a tots que heu donat suport a aquest projecte ja. M'honra tant la vostra confiança i m'inspira molt el vostre entusiasme. Demostrarem que no només es pot canviar el món pacífica i democràticament, però que es poden compartir idees que n'expliquen el procés!

Encara ens queden sis dies, així que si… read more

#01 / Febrer és dur

Gràcies mecenes pel gran cop de ma d'ahir. Com molts, he estat una mica deprimida amb el desencís dels últims tres mesos. Tot sembla parat, gris, frustrat. Però el meu marit m'ha recordat, i crec que és bon consell, que mai no s'ha d'avaluar l'estat de la vida durant el mes de febrer!

Fins i tot pensava, potser era millor no tenir la pressió de Sant Jordi a sobre, que si no prospera el Verkami, doncs vaig fent de mica en mica, i acabaré encara que sigui una mica més tard.

La veritat és que odio demanar diners o favors. Em costa moltíssim. Tinc aquell ideal al cap de l'americà auto-suficient, que treballa molt dur i que aconsegueix l'éxit sense l'ajut de ningú. L'únic problema és que és mentida aquest ideal. Ningú no fa res sense el suport i ajut dels altres. Com va explicar la Senadora Elizabeth Warren, fins l'empresari que monta una… read more

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