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 past 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.
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
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 including with 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 network. 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 groups we work with and make space for examining how power and identity impact our struggles.
We established ourselves as a workers’ cooperative because it enables us to have autonomy and ownership over our work and decisions and to own and manage the organisation collaboratively and non-hierarchically. We are happy to be part of a thriving workers’ cooperative movement which embodies mutual aid.