Tripod are collaborating with Friends of the Earth Scotland and others on a series of free online workshops in campaigning and community organising skills, to support the Just & Green Recovery Campaign. More info about the rest of the series here.
We’ll be posting resources for each session on this page.
Session I Building Your Group
16 July 2020 – To build community power and create lasting change we need to encourage people to join our organisations and groups, take an active role within them and build their sense of power.
A useful framework for building strong groups and campaigns is Circles of Commitment. This model is used in many different organisations – it originally came from a book called the Purpose Driven Church. Power in Numbers has created a great diagram.
This article by The Change Agency offers great pointers for using the model in a campaigning context.
We’ve also been inspired by the work of Hahrie Han on ‘civic engagement’. You can listen to a great podcast interview with her here and we recommend her book How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century.
Session II Building Collective Care
29 July 2020 – Working towards justice can be exciting and inspiring, but it can also be exhausting and stressful. Especially during a global pandemic! In this session we explored how we can organise sustainably and care for ourselves and each other, sharing tools and tips to support ourselves and our groups to keep going for the long haul.
You can find the slides of this session here.
We recommend the following resources on avoiding burn-out and collective care:
- Dealing with Activist Burn-Out – by Aliya Khan
- Overcoming Burnout Blog Series – by Empty Cages Design
- The Unspoken Complexity of Self-Care – Great visuals and article by Deanna Zandt.
- Radical Resilience – A film project by activists, for activists that aims to spread awareness and encourage discussion about the effects of burnout within our movements, both individually and collectively.
- Caring Movements: Chronic Illness and Activism – A zine produced by Radical Resilience about living with chronic illness and taking part in activist movements.
- Sustenance Radio – The second season of this great podcast shares practices that sustain us, that help us to care for ourselves so we can continue to show up in solidarity with others and in service to our world.
- #SELFCARESUNDAYS: SOS! I’m having a breakdown – article on self-care by Hélène Selam Rose Kleih on gal-dem.
- Activist Trauma Support – list of great downloadable resources.
- “Having All of Your Internal Resources Exhausted Beyond Measure and Being Left with No Clean-Up Crew” – Scientific article on Autistic Burnout.
- How to Claw Back Your Mental Health From a Politics Induced Existential Crisis – article by Kemi Alemoru on gal-dem.
- Personal ‘Traps’ That Contribute to Activist Burnout – Article by Holly Hammond
Photo credit: Colin Hattersley. Key workers gathered outside the Scottish Government to demand an economic recovery plan that creates a fairer, greener Scotland, June 2020.
We are grateful to the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation and Patagonia for their support for this work.