In 2020, Tripod collaborated 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 – Building Back Better. More info about the series here.

You can find the 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.

This session was partly inspired by a workshop run by Plan To Win.

You can find the slides of this session here.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

You can find the slides of this session here.

If you want to dive deeper, have a look at these resources:

The Spectrum of Allies Tool and an example of how the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee used it

Building Allies: Turning Privilege In To Change

Building Relationships & Power for Transformation

Building intersectional resistance alliances during COVID-19

Lessons from the LA Teachers’ Strike

Changemakers Podcast – How to Win: Coalition Building

Podcast: The Ezra Klein Show with Jane McAlevey

Pride (film)

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.

You can find the slides of this session here.

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.

A useful resource by the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) on movement structure, and what makes movements strong ‘below ground’, as well as their reading list on movements.

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 looked 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.

Resources on 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.

This Is the Moment for Visionary Narratives, adrienne maree brown, article about the Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA).

Talking about Poverty’, On Road Media, funded by JRF.

Session VI Building Media Skills

22 September 2020 – Getting our voices out via the media is a tool we can use in our campaigns to create change. In this workshop we explored how and when the media can be useful and shared tips and tools for getting your messages out in TV and radio interviews.

You can find the slides of this session here.

Press Officer Handbook – a guide to progressive media work, NEON

Press release tips and tricks – how to get your action into the media, Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES)

Creating a Media Strategy, FoES

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 for their support for this work.