At Tripod we strive to put our values into practice in our working and organising processes, and support others to do the same.
Social and Ecological Justice
We recognise that marginalised groups are least responsible for social and ecological threats, and are currently the most impacted. To tackle the root causes of systemic injustice we must transform relationships of power, create equitable access to resources, prioritise the needs of humans and other species over profits and look after the planet that we, other species and future generations depend on.
Self-Determination & Direct Action
We are committed to building power from the ‘bottom up’ and believe that systemic change happens through collective direct action: working together to change our circumstances, have choice over our lives, build alternatives and liberate ourselves, our communities and our environment from injustice.
We interrogate how power and privilege operate in ourselves, our groups and wider society, and work to proactively challenge the power dynamics, circumstances and practices that fuel oppression at different levels. Oppression plays out through structures and institutions as well as through our beliefs, attitudes and actions and is perpetuated too often in our groups and movements, excluding those most impacted by unjust systems. We strive to recognise and undermine all oppressions, on the basis of race, sex, gender, class, disability, age, sexuality, faith and more.
Intersectional Solidarity & Collaboration
We acknowledge that people’s individual experiences of injustice are affected by intersecting and mutually reinforcing systems of oppression (such as racism, sexism, classism) and place none above the other in terms of importance or harm. We know we must build resilient networks of mutual aid and solidarity that connect different struggles and build new social relations that allow us to support one other.
We believe sustainable change requires attentive care of self, others and communities, as well as building systemic care infrastructure to meet everyone’s needs – e.g housing and healthcare. This means envisioning and practicing alternative ways of working, living, relating and being, prefiguring this in our organising approaches.
Our work focuses on creating space for personal, collective and systemic transformation. We are committed to experiential education and know that learning by doing has a strong, long-lasting impact. We centre what people know best: themselves and their own experiences. We integrate intuition and emotions with practical experience, theory and analytical thinking so that campaigners and organisers can learn from their experiences and each other.
Non-hierarchy is central to our methodological approach. You won’t find us simply standing at the front of a workshop, telling you how to do things or what the answers are. Our job as facilitators is to design learning experiences which empower, transform and seed new ways of doing and relating. We tailor our work to the needs of your group or organisation and remain flexible and responsive to the group life and needs that emerge in the moment. This element of responding to what is going on in each unique learning group fascinates us and helps ensure that our work is relevant and dynamic.
We have deep experience of the joys and challenges of grassroots movement building and the complexities of group dynamics. We bring a nuanced and intuitive awareness of power, rank and group dynamics to all our work which helps us to co-create anti-oppressive learning environments with organisers. We are an intentionally small, independent workers’ co-operative which enables us to have autonomy and ownership over our work and decisions and remain agile and responsive to the needs of social movements.