Over the last few years I have worked closely with Tripod on several big projects, including two year-long campaigner trainings for local activists in the climate movement and the campaign for a Just and Green Recovery. The collective members and pool of trainers at Tripod brought a rich range of experiences and knowledge of community organising, campaigning and group dynamics which hugely benefited both courses.
Tripod were really responsive to the needs of participants and partner organisations, which meant the courses were tailored to be most effective for the individuals involved. Tripod’s expert facilitation and container building meant the courses were participatory, engaging and participants felt able to open up and share with the group. Many participants from the courses have gone on to build powerful groups and campaigns.
Kate Whitaker, Activism Organiser at Friends of the Earth Scotland,
SYCS has had issues with hierarchy and balancing work loads among our group, we also just struggled with basic skills that are central to organising a climate activists group (generally due to our age), this includes among other things, facilitating meetings, writing agendas, managing money, handling burnout and work load, making decisions as a group etc. It feels like we aren’t blindly organising now, at the start everything was incredibly hectic and stressful as we organised one strike after the other. Shan Olga and Catrina have helped us slow down and take stock, allowing us to sustain the group through this difficult time. [we now have] A healthier atmosphere within SYCS, increasing our ability to reflect on projects and the way we work. Starting conversations about our group values, demands and goals meaning we are in a stronger position to keep working.
Sandy Boyd (16), Fridays For Future Scotland,
Tripod are an incredible resource and offer brilliant guidance to groups like ours. we cannot work towards social change without a lot of learning and reflection from history, and Tripod provide opportunities to take the time to reflect and consider the wider picture of things, as opposed to always fire-fighting as we have a tendency to do.
Hannah Hughes, No Evictions Network, Organising for Power,
Really good training and great facilitation. I learnt a lot and it felt interactive + engaging; so useful as I felt that the Tripod team led by example!
Participant from People & Planet, Running Great Online Trainings,
The session was really useful, not just for online meetings but how to have good meetings in general. It has already helped us with some initial lockdown webinars for our members.
Olivia James, Organic Growers’ Alliance, Running Great Online Meetings, Spring 2020
I was a political campaigner and an activist for social justice back in my country. After completing the “Organising for POWER” workshop which was organised and facilitated by Tripod. I have learnt many skills on how to organise a successful campaign. I am now collaborating with other organisations and Campaigners on “Asylum Seekers Right to Work”. I would like to give a BIG thanks to the Staff from Tripod for all their hard work and contributions to transform a person to a successful Campaigner.
Mala Jayhindaran, Organising for Power
Prior to joining the Organising for Power workshop, I was less knowledgeable on how to start, organise and run a campaign. After completing the programme, I can now say that I am equipped with knowledge on how to run a campaign and currently facilitating my own workshop using the facilitating skills I developed and learned during the workshop as well. The networking session we had was an interesting part as well, sharing our experiences and ideas from different organisations.The most important thing is that, with teamwork, finding the proper channels and the proper use of social media we can achieve success in the campaigns we’re working on. A brilliant workshop developed by Tripod and thanks to Monette, Etzali and the rest of the team for facilitating it.
Shawn Nicholas Fernandez, Organising for Power
I feel really hopeful about the potential for these processes in supporting groups to imagine and create the worlds and relationships we want to live in. I feel much less afraid of stepping into facilitation roles and feel a shift from avoiding conflict to welcoming it and knowing its transformative potential. I feel better equipped to face what arises in my groups and life. Feeling really lucky and grateful to have spent a week with you all, I’m leaving feeling hopefully, motivated and less afraid.
Polly Urquhart, Transforming Conflict: Navigating Power,
Germany, Nov 2019