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
Session III Building Alliances
13 August – Successful campaigns require us to build broad based alliances across issues with those who are directly affected at the front and centre. In this session we identified potential allies, developed skills to build strategic relationships and considered how to encourage effective collaboration between different organisations in a way that empowers rather than harms.
If you want to dive deeper, have a look at these resources:
Session IV Building Our Movements
With so many pressing issues and struggles, as well as our own survival to focus on, it can be easy to forget that we are part of a bigger ecosystem: the multiple campaigns, movements, cultures and communities that are building towards transformative change in their own ways. In this session we confirmed how integrally connected we are as a network of change makers and delve into the idea of ‘movement ecology’ – a framework that can help us to constructively collaborate.
We can’t recommend ‘Emergent Strategy‘ by adrienne marie brown highly enough, as well as the following resources:
A framework created by Edge Fund on different roles in the movement ecology.
The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing TheEight Stages of Successful Social Movements, Bill Moyer, Spring 1987
Four Roles in Social Change, adapted from Training for Change.
Session V Building Your Story
10 September 2020 – Building the case for transformative change and a ‘Just Recovery’ requires platforming the voices of those of us most affected by the pandemic and the wider, interlinked crises of our broken system. We need to tell the stories of frontline experiences and key workers, and support others to have their voices heard. In this workshop, we’ll look at how we can use storytelling as a powerful tool in our community organising, both in person and online.
You can find the slides of this session here.
The importance of storytelling:
‘We need to tell different stories, to humanise the other’, Elif Shafak in The Guardian.
Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands Our Scope of the Possible, Ursula K. Le Guin, Brain Pickings article.
How to use storytelling in your campaigns or organising:
An introduction to Story-based Strategy – a participatory approach that links movement building with an analysis of narrative power and places storytelling at the center of social change, developed by the Center for Story-based Strategy.
Worksheet on how to develop and share a ‘public narrative’ – a compelling story of ‘self’, ‘us’ and ‘now’, by Marshall Ganz, Kennedy School of Government, 2013.
How to Tell Stories Ethically, article by Jeremy Porter on how to humanely platform other people’s stories, 2013
Inspiring case studies:
Black History Month video interviews, by Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment (MORE) and CommonSpace, 2019.
Link to a case study on how storytelling was used as part of the Repeal the 8th Campaign in Ireland, collated by Tripod.
‘Talking about Poverty’, On Road Media, funded by JRF.
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.