Tripod was founded in 2008 by grassroots anti-war organisers and ecological campaigners in Scotland. Several of our founding members took direct action together against Scotland's nuclear weapons and were skilled up as trainers as part of the Faslane 365 campaign. We saw first-hand how training can help groups to be more effective, resilient and sustainable. Seeing a need for more support of this kind for campaigns, community groups and cooperatives in Scotland, Tripod was founded. We are grateful for the experience and knowledge that was passed on by organisers within the struggles we emerged from and the support and guidance we received from Seeds for Change when we were establishing ourselves as a collective.
We are a small, independent, worker run co-operative which enables us to have autonomy and ownership over our work and decisions and to own and manage the organisation collaboratively and non-hierarchically. Our co-operative principles mean that we are not looking to make huge profits but a living wage for our workers through grant-funding and work with organisations that are funded and can pay for our time. Our profits go back into Tripod which enables us to work on a donations basis with the grassroots struggles we are most passionate about. We are happy to be part of a thriving workers' cooperative movement which embodies mutual aid.
Since 2008 we have worked with hundreds of different groups including:
- The Unity Centre
- Glasgow University Climate Action
- Edinburgh University and University of the West of Scotland People & Planet
- We Will Rise
- The SHRUB Swap and Re-use Hub
- Faslane Peace Camp
- Climate Action Scotland
- Palestine Solidarity Scotland
- Scottish Radical Herbal Network
- The Forest Cafe
- The Edge Fund
- Transition Edinburgh and Transition Edinburgh University
- Glasgow Social Centre
- Coal Action Scotland
- Tripping Up Trump
- Autonomous Centre Edinburgh
- World Development Movement (Now called Global Justice Now)
- Friends of the Earth Scotland
- Zero Tolerance
As well as multiple anti-fracking community groups, workers' and housing cooperatives.
We have a lot of experience of co-organising and facilitating cross-cultural training and international network meetings and we value these rich learning environments. We have worked in many international contexts with diverse groups including anti-fracking campaigners in the Basque country, community organisers in Ireland, grassroots facilitators in Slovenia, migrant solidarity campaigners in France, anti-fascist organisers in Moldova, peer educators in Lithuania and feminists in Ukraine. We regularly collaborate with the European Youth For Action. We know that the people we work with are best placed to identify the strategies and approaches most appropriate to their contexts and our role as trainers is to draw out the wisdom of the group, cross-pollinate skills and strategies between the movements we work with and make space for examining how power and identity impact our struggles.