We are working for a world free of oppression, where communities organise together in solidarity, navigate differences collaboratively, learn from experience and care for one another.
Tripod builds the power of social movements to tackle the root causes of injustice, create collaborative and healthy group cultures, develop strategic anti-oppressive alliances and organise for transformative change.
We prioritise working with people taking action on the issues that directly affect them. We empower communities and movements to work in better alignment with their values and more strategically towards their goals. We collaborate with folks across movements to help build networks that stand stronger together.
Training – We offer hands-on training in strategic campaign planning, community organising, collaborative, sustainable and anti-oppressive ways of working and direct action skills. We embed skill-sharing, coaching and capacity-building, so that movements are well-resourced to facilitate and train themselves. Our workshops and in-depth campaign organising programmes create rare spaces where organisers from across different movements can align, connect and plan to win.
Meeting Facilitation – We facilitate transformative and disruptive processes to empower groups to make more strategic and sustainable decisions, address power dynamics and work through challenges together. We support groups to clarify their aims, align practise with values, develop powerful campaign strategies and transform their organisational systems and structures.
Cross Pollination – By offering cross-movement spaces, we link individuals and groups, strengthen coalitions and cross-pollinate learning. We support organisers to build connections with one another and the resources they need to be resilient and strategic in the face of shared challenges.
Consultation & Development – We support organisations to design engaging and participatory training which takes a radical and systemic approach to tackling the root causes of injustice. We also offer longer-term consultation to help groups develop their organisational structures and systems.
Theory of Change
Rising xenophobia and racism, growing economic inequality, the global coronavirus pandemic and climate change are all having a devastating impact. But there is powerful potential in the social justice movements that are emerging in this moment.
Countless groups fighting for change get stuck in unsustainable fire-fighting mode, lacking long-term strategy or the skills needed to navigate uncertainty. People burnout and dropout from our movements due to the precarity caused by capitalism, the painful replication of systemic oppression within social justice movements and explosive conflicts which leave groups atomised with minimal impact.
Effective social movements are strategic and focused, led by marginalised and directly affected communities, and capable of building collaboration across difference. They prioritise personal and collective care, relationships of solidarity and respect, as well as sustainable group cultures. They are persistent, adaptable, creative, courageous and embody the values we are fighting for. We see movements win when people come together to organise around the issues that affect them, shift oppressive power relations, build alternatives, and transform themselves, their groups and the systems we live in.
We support people to develop the skills and resources to organise their communities, plan strategically, build alliances, embed their values in practice and sustain momentum. By nurturing grassroots leadership and creating space to break out of reactive cycles, we catalyse organisers towards more effective, strategic and sustainable action, seeding active solidarity between campaigns across multiple movements.
We value the intrinsic genius of movements for social change and see our role as facilitating the sharing of the knowledge and creativity found within cultures of resistance. We are not experts but pollinators.
Our work is one part of a larger movement ecology and we recognise the essential work done by other organisations, either directly campaigning or enabling that work by building essential infrastructure. We prioritise collaboration and strive to grow and learn through dialogue and exchange, drawing wisdom from our past experiences, enacting our values today, and implementing our learning as we organise for tomorrow.