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.

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.

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.