PSN Resource Bank

Downloadable Resources

Welcome! This collection of organizing trainings, manuals, worksheets, and more is a labor of love put together by Power Shift Network members and allies.

PSN recognizes that young organizers, communities of color, low-income communities, and those most directly impacted by climate crisis need a baseline of theory and skills as a foundation for our justice movements. While capitalism perpetually suggests that competition is key, we know that to thrive, we must collaborate, pool our resources, and decentralize access to learning. So save your limited time and energy by uplifting the great work of your fellow leaders and utilizing their wonderful resources.

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  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Multiply and Mobilize Part Two: Understanding this Political Moment

    Recording/Webinar

    In Part Two of our Webinar Series, we take stock of some of the big themes emerging under this right wing populist administration, and learn from past movements to better navigate the future. We look at two models for understanding and locating social movement responses: the Building Power model from Project South, and the 8 Stages of Movement Building model.

  • Community Defense

    A Troublemakers’ Guide: Principles for Racial Justice Activists In the Face of State Repression

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This guide includes principles of anti-racist movement security, defending, building and supporting movements. This is a living document written primarily for white activists and majority-white organizations to speak to the ways that white supremacy in movements interacts with white supremacy of the state.

  • AntiOpression

    Affirmative Consent

    Training Materials

    Adapted for SPROG: Understand the definition of Affirmative Consent and why it is important, Identify verbal and nonverbal clues that communicate others’ feelings, wishes, and boundaries

  • AntiOpression

    Anti-Oppression 101, 201

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Learn about identity categories and explore our own identities, Understand how privilege works within systems of power, Visualize ways to intervene and disrupt oppressive patterns in real-world scenario, Learn basic vocabulary and concepts for Anti-Oppression, Understand how oppression manifests in personal actions, institutions, and culture

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Anti-Protest Legislation: Implications for Social Movements

    Recording/Webinar

    Since the end of 2016, nearly 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures which limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. A panel of civil liberties experts will give an overview of all these bills, focusing in particular on so-called “Critical Infrastructure” and “Campus Free Speech” legislation. Strategies and resources for challenging these bills will be provided.

  • Social Movements

    Arts & Activism Tools

    Curriculum & Resource Bank

    Looking at case studies from across the southeast u.s. at how art is used to create partnerships between community members and groups. Workshops on undoing racism and art and activism tools.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Base Building 101: Recruitment

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand the definition and importance of building a “base”, Know why people get involved and stay involved in groups, Learn tools for list building and data management for mobilization, Understand the different levels of involvement members of their base will have, Be familiar with common tactics for outreach (phone banking, canvassing/tabling, group raps).

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Base Building 201: Mobilization

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand the definition and importance of building a “base”, Know why people get involved and stay involved in groups, Learn tools for list building and data management for mobilization, Understand the different levels of involvement members of their base will have, Be familiar with common tactics for outreach (phone banking, canvassing/tabling, group raps).

  • Campaign Development

    Build More Powerful Campaigns with Social Science

    Recording/Webinar

    Watch this to learn some of the essential takeaways to improve your organizing with insights from social science.  You’ll find answers to questions like: Many people are taking political action for the first time, but how do we keep them taking action? What insights from research can help us structure volunteer programs that support leadership development and engagement with our organizations and campaigns for the long term? How do organizations facing a surge of activism after the 2016 election convert it into a long‐term base of support? The webinar focuses on examples from climate space, but we think the insights presented can be applied to organizing on other issues.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Building Momentum: How to Activate Supporters Ahead of Your Next Election

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    The aim of this guide is to give you actionable steps to activate your network. Here, we take you through key learnings from campaigners around the world:  1- Who are your supporters? 2- Connecting with your supporters 3- What motivates them?  4- Interest mapping 5- Making it fun, and more! 

  • Digital Organizing

    Building Your Twitter Following - Tools Update

    Recording/Webinar

    You can grow your Twitter account for organizing by up to 250 followers per week. Using an effective tool for that is critical. Many groups use Tweepi, but recently started seeing their Twitter accounts blocked. Tweepi has now re-worked its approach. This webinar walks through tips for using the new version of Tweepi and want to learn about how such a tool can be helpful.

  • Community Engagement

    BxTC Community Engagement Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Tools & tactics to engagement community members in community bodies such as coalitions & youth leaderhsip teams.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Campaign Planning 101: Intro to Grassroots Campaigns

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Know the difference between service-based, education-based, and change-based campaigns, Understand the three types of power (power over, power with, and power within), Understand the components that make up a strategic campaign, Understand the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to plan strong long- and short-term campaign goals, Learn how to use the spectrum of allies tool, Understand the theory behind mobilizing allies to build power, Learn the components of a strong tactic, Understand how to plan escalating tactics in a campaign, Know the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to work backwards on a timeline to plan a campaign.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Campaign Planning 201: Anatomy of a Campaign

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Know the difference between service-based, education-based, and change-based campaigns, Understand the three types of power (power over, power with, and power within), Understand the components that make up a strategic campaign, Understand the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to plan strong long- and short-term campaign goals, Learn how to use the spectrum of allies tool, Understand the theory behind mobilizing allies to build power, Learn the components of a strong tactic, Understand how to plan escalating tactics in a campaign, Know the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to work backwards on a timeline to plan a campaign.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Campaign Planning 301: Spectrum of Allies

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Know the difference between service-based, education-based, and change-based campaigns, Understand the three types of power (power over, power with, and power within), Understand the components that make up a strategic campaign, Understand the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to plan strong long- and short-term campaign goals, Learn how to use the spectrum of allies tool, Understand the theory behind mobilizing allies to build power, Learn the components of a strong tactic, Understand how to plan escalating tactics in a campaign, Know the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to work backwards on a timeline to plan a campaign.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Campaign Planning 401: Tactics and Escalation

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Know the difference between service-based, education-based, and change-based campaigns, Understand the three types of power (power over, power with, and power within), Understand the components that make up a strategic campaign, Understand the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to plan strong long- and short-term campaign goals, Learn how to use the spectrum of allies tool, Understand the theory behind mobilizing allies to build power, Learn the components of a strong tactic, Understand how to plan escalating tactics in a campaign, Know the difference between tactics and strategy, Learn how to work backwards on a timeline to plan a campaign.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Campaign Strategy

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A guide on Campaign Strategy terms and frameworks, with a focus on fossil fuel divestment. This resources covers definition of a campaign, spectrum of support, act-absorb-train, power mapping, and SMART goals.

  • Campaign Development

    Campaign Strategy Worksheet

    Worksheet

    This document is a great place to write out your Commitment campaign goals and tactics. Make sure to consult the Strategic Campaign Planning resource for some best practices.

  • Allyship

    Checklist for White Allies

    Worksheet

    A compilation of "ally behavior" for which white individuals can evaluate the behaviors that they exhibit working alongside POC.

  • Climate Justice

    Climate Justice 101: The World We Have, The World We Want

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Learn new anti-oppression vocabulary, Understand how climate change and systems of oppression are connected and interrelated, Understand our shared challenges and our shared solutions, Understand that fighting climate change requires us to reach beyond individual-oriented solutions and address the root causes of exploitation and oppression, Develop a shared understanding of “extractive economy” and how this economic model leads to climate change, social and economic inequity, Learn the six steps of the Just Transition Framework and explore what they could look like in practice as we organize to move our society beyond an extractive economy to a regenerative economy.

  • Climate Justice

    Climate Justice 201: Toward a Just Transition

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Learn new anti-oppression vocabulary, Understand how climate change and systems of oppression are connected and interrelated, Understand our shared challenges and our shared solutions, Understand that fighting climate change requires us to reach beyond individual-oriented solutions and address the root causes of exploitation and oppression, Develop a shared understanding of “extractive economy” and how this economic model leads to climate change, social and economic inequity, Learn the six steps of the Just Transition Framework and explore what they could look like in practice as we organize to move our society beyond an extractive economy to a regenerative economy.

  • Mentorship

    Co-Metorship Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This free tool kit supports shared learning for both members of a mentorship pair. It provides a progression of activities that pairs can use to self-facilitate meaningful conversation related to personal and professional growth. 

  • Narrative Building

    Communications 101: Framing and Messaging

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand what strategic messaging and frames are and why they are important, Understand the crucial role of values in campaign messaging, Learn to tailor messaging to a particular audience.

  • Community Defense

    Community Defense Zone Starter Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Guide to starting Community Defense Zone campaigns includes tools, examples and templates. The guide is geared towards creating community-based sanctuary, countering criminalization, and changing policies at local and state levels.

  • Allyship

    Community Solidarity

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand how to approach a community and speak about resources and intentions, Value the development and support of campaigns that are driven by voice, Be able to recognize the limitations of the Sierra Student Coalition model in certain organizing settings and learn how to adapt familiar organizing models to better suit community needs, Recognize intergenerational, horizontal collaborations an anti-oppressive tool, Be able to apply knowledge gained from anti-oppression trainings (identity and privilege) and begin to explore the roles of power and solidarity in community work.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Conducting Interviews

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    An overview of an interview project. It focuses on participatory research; research done for and by individuals in the community. Interviews by community members allow us to document what is going on in our community, learn more about ourselves and give voice to individuals who are often denied presence and visibility in our society.

  • Social Movements

    Culture Sharing: 3 Strengths & 1 Concern

    Activity

    Participants share 3 things about their culture that they are proud of, and 1 thing that concerns them. This is followed by a debrief with another participant.

  • Demonstration Safety

    De-Escalation: A User Guide

    Reading

    This handout is for groups interested in building an ongoing de-escalation practice. We understand de-escalation as one tool among many that we can use to preserve the integrity of their events and those of their allies, and a way to build skills and trust-based relationships. 

  • Community Defense

    Deportation Defense Manual

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Make the Road New York created this website and bilingual (English and Spanish) guide to help support immigrant communities targeted by the Trump administration. Note: The guide is written for New York City so some information may not apply elsewhere. Make the Road offers detailed trainings on the content in this manual.

  • Campaign Development

    Don't Wait Until a Crisis Hits: Get Your Organization Ready for a Rapid Response Campaign

    Recording/Webinar

    Watch this recorded webinar to 1- learn the ins and outs of rapid-response campaigning 2- get the inside story of Equality North Carolina's powerful rapid response campaign against the dangerous anti-LGBTQ legislation in the state 3- learn the steps to integrate rapid-response infrastructure into your workflow so next time major news breaks in your issue area you’ll be ready

  • AntiOpression

    Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Hiring Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Guide to mitigate racial, gender, and other hidden biases in recruiting and hiring processes within your institution/group. Touches on job posting, resume screening process, and conducting interviews.

  • Event Planning

    Events for Organizing

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource provides best practices for recruiting for and running successful events as well as tabling sessions.

  • Digital Organizing

    Facebook-Optimized Videos for Organizers

    Recording/Webinar

    Learn how organizers are using short Facebook-optimized videos to mobilize audiences. You’ll learn the secret formula for creating videos that get watched and shared. You'll also pick up the skills needed to film, edit, and launch your videos on Facebook and other platforms.

  • Facilitation and Running a Good Meeting

    Facilitation Training

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand the importance of facilitation for effective groups and campaigns, Know the basics of how to facilitate.

  • Demonstration Safety

    Facing Attack Challenge

    Training Materials

    Outlining 4 main ways to deal with verbal attacks, with time to apply each in a hypothetical scenario.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Fossil Fuel Divestment Financial Literacy 101

    Reading

    Common financial arguments made against fossil fuel divestment and counterpoints.

  • Fundraising

    Funders Panel and Q & A

    Recording/Webinar

    A panel of program officers from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Solutions Project and the Compton Foundation answered previosuly-submitted questions about foundation-based fundraising in the youth climate movement.

  • Fundraising

    Fundraising 101 with Lydia

    Recording/Webinar

    Lydia Avila, PSN's ex-ED, goes through the basics of fundraising through private foundations: the typical process for building a relationship with the foundation and applying for a grant. She also covers the basic parts of a proposal and shares best practices for follow up and reporting.

  • Digital Organizing

    Getting Started with Facebook Live

    Recording/Webinar

    Watch this webinar to learn how you can use Facebook Live to amplify your next action and bring people into the movement. This webinar covers: 1- The basics of Facebook Live - how to broadcast, how to build an audience, and how to interact with viewers 2- How to move people from Facebook spectators to movement participants 3- The gear that will improve the quality of your broadcast.

  • Fundraising

    Grassroots Fundraising Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource provides some best practices for campaign fundraising on campus.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Guide to Power Mapping

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource helps you think through who has power on your campus and who the primary and secondary targets of your campaign are.

  • Community Accountability

    Harm-Free Zone Project General Framework

    Reading

    Assistance on developing community accountability & a harm free zone.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Hearing from Successful Divestment Campaigns

    Recording/Webinar

    In this webinar, we will hear answers to these questions and more from a panel of organizers from divestment campaigns that won. No two campaigns are alike, but we aim to equip current student organizers with skills, strategy, and wisdom that they can use to move decision-makers and their campuses.

  • AntiOpression

    How the Values of Oppressive Systems Tend to Arise in Organizations

    Reading

    Points out how white supremacy, racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of oppression can often show up in our organizations unnoticed, and tactics to interrupt those undetected norms.

  • Allyship

    How to Be Real: Allies, Accomplices, & Anti-Oppression

    Training Materials

    Explore allyship framework and provide tangible tools to leverage privilege in a way that builds supportive coalition for those being oppressed. Includes an interactive "Privilege Walk" activity.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    How to Table

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A short guide on best practices and tips for tabling and how to develop a tabling rap, particularly on college campuses.

  • Narrative Building

    How to use story-based strategy to win campaigns, build movements and change the world

    Recording/Webinar

    As the resistance fights back in the era of “alternative facts,” making meaning through effective framing has never been more important. Progressive movements face threats in every arena, and we must remember that while the facts may be on our side, we need to tell our stories in ways that are strategic, compelling, and actionable. 1- Learn about narrative power analysis and the elements of a winning campaign story; 2- Reflect on inspiring examples of effective framing and storytelling from contemporary movements like #BlackLivesMatter, climate justice, anti-war and migrant justice; 3-Get tools to strengthen your own narrative strategies.

  • AntiOpression

    Intersectionality

    Training Materials

    2 hour training on systems of oppression and how they intersect

  • AntiOpression

    Intro to Environmental Justice

    Training Materials

    Covering topics of Environmental racism and environmental justice, this lesson helps students understand how pollution disproportionately affects people who are poor and members of racial and ethnic minorities as well as use a map to locate environmental injustice.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Intro to Research Justice Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Intended for community organizers to apply tools and concepts of Research Justice to organizing. This toolkit encourages marginalized communities to recognize their own expertise and to develop their own analysis of the issues that impact them. We hope readers use this toolkit to spark their own conversations about community-driven research strategies. In each section we have included sample workshops from our Research Justice Training Program as suggested guides for these discussions.

  • Community Defense

    Know Your Rights to Defend Your Rights

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Bilingual (English and Spanish) Know Your Rights information and materials for police & ICE encounters.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Good community organizing involves leadership development. This resource discusses valuable leadership styles and skills necessary for a successful campaign.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development 101: Building an Effective Team

    Training Materials

    Recognize and appreciate different leadership styles, Understand why welcoming diversity in leadership styles is an anti-oppressive practice, Recognize the importance of leadership development in campaign work, Understand the concept of the Leadership Ladder, Learn how to plan an Indy Meeting.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development 201: Roles and Delegation

    Training Materials

    Recognize and appreciate different leadership styles, Understand why welcoming diversity in leadership styles is an anti-oppressive practice, Recognize the importance of leadership development in campaign work, Understand the concept of the Leadership Ladder, Learn how to plan an Indy Meeting.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development Best Practices

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A resource on leadership development, covering principles, guidelines, and tools/tips of leadership development. This resource covers ladder of engagement, how it relates to the Act-Absorb-Train Cycle, one-to-ones and propositions, and mentorship.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development Training

    Training Materials

    A 1 hr 45 min training on leadership development, including Ladder of Engagement, one-to-ones, propositions, and creating an inclusive/accountable culture.

  • Demonstration Safety

    Love the People: Building Power Through Sanctuary Part 2: Defending Our Demonstrations and Movement Spaces

    Reading

    This webinar covers:

    1. interventions at our rallies and marches
    2. marshaling principles and tactics
    3. creative ways to support collective action.
  • AntiOpression

    Making Accessible Events

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Accessibility checklist with feedback from disability rights advocates

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Mapping the Right: Reflections and Resistance

    Recording/Webinar

    This two-hour webinar features movement leaders and organizers on the ground as they examine the rise of the conservative right and the failure of neo-liberalism, the impact of Trump trans-nationally, emerging global trends and alliances, and specific case studies of opportunites and threats, existing organizing infrastructures, paths of resistance and support for new economies in the south and rural U.S. Speakers brainstorm with each other and the audience to strategize around the critical role of the legal community in this political moment.

  • AntiOpression

    Me & White Supremacy

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    "Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy."

  • Narrative Building

    Media & Messaging Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    What do you say when people say -- at a meeting, an event, tabling, etc -- "What are you doing?" What is the story out there in the world about your organization & your campaign? Use this guide to craft thoughtful, powerful messages about your efforts and maximize your media presence!

  • Facilitation and Running a Good Meeting

    Meeting Arc and Facilitation

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A guideline on "The Meeting Arc", a framework for effective meeting facilitation.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Meeting with Decision-Makers

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand that meeting with decision-makers is a tactic that is part of a larger strategy, Learn a 9-step process for an effective meeting with a decision-maker.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Meeting With Elected Officials or Their Staff in Person

    Reading

    Best practices for before, during and after meeting with decision makers.

  • Facilitation and Running a Good Meeting

    Meetings for Organizing

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource provides tips on how to facilitate successful and meaningful group and one-to-one meetings.

  • Social Movements

    Momentum Self-Guided Syllabus

    Curriculum & Resource Bank

    Brilliant training and learning series for understanding social movements, and how we can build one in this lifetime to confront the crises of this era.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Moving Our States Off Fossil Fuels Webinar

    Recording/Webinar

    100% Renewable Energy bills are working their way through statehouses in CO, MD, NJ, NY and VA. These bills are incredibly important not only for their impact on our air, water, and climate but because they will set the standard for renewable energy legislation to come. States are often considered the "Laboratories of Democracy" and we have an opportunity in the coming months to make our case to the rest of the country. To help kickstart these efforts FWW hosts a Climate and Energy Webinar to look into state level renewable energy campaigns.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Multiply and Mobilize Part One: Narratives and Strategies for Resisting Divide and Conquer Tactics

    Recording/Webinar

    In Part One of our Webinar Series, we break down Divide & Conquer tactics and outline resistance strategies, utilizing storytelling as a way of better understanding how these tactics can impact our communities.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Multiply and Mobilize Part Three: When We Fight We Win – Building the Rebel Alliance

    Recording/Webinar

    In the third and final chapter of our Multiply and Mobilize webinar series, we dig deep into how we can be leveraging this political moment to build strong and effective alliances across difference for collective liberation.

  • Community Engagement

    Nexus Community Partners Institute for Community Engagement

    Curriculum & Resource Bank

    Resources (videos, case studies, assessment tools) about authentic community engagement practice with equity at the center. 

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    One-to-Ones

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A 2-page handout on what one-to-one meetings are and how to conduct them. Made by Alyssa Lee at Better Future Project.

  • Climate Change Communications

    Online Youth Exchange

    Recording/Webinar

    Recordings of our Youth-led webinar trainings to discuss Issues, Solutions or Strategies related to climate change as it related to youth around the world. Connect & brainstorm with youth activists to develop replicable solutions to be implemented in your own community. 

  • Community Engagement

    Open Space - Tool for Participant Led Conversations

    Training Materials

    Understand Open Space Technology as a tool to facilitate emergent group conversation, Learn from fellow participants through exploring topics and creating caucus spaces.

  • Allyship

    Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice

    Reading

    Chart differentiating the roles of Actors, Allies, and Accomplices for white folks to act on in various categories of their lives. The goal is to challenge the participant to shift from Actor into being effective Allies or Accomplices.

  • Campaign Development

    Organizing for Social Change

    Reading

    4 Core Components of organizing & campaign strategy development.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Organizing Skill Rotation [2018]: Working with Media, Fundraising, Movement Songs

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand the rich history of songs in our movements, Know how and when to respectfully utilize songs in a movement, Understand the principles of fundraising, Recognize the importance of fundraising for a purpose, Know where to find additional resources on fundraising for a campaign, Recognize the roles that different types of traditional media can play in a campaign, Understand how to attract and retain media coverage of campaign events, Have the confidence and skills to effectively promote your message through mainstream media.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Our Data, Our Analysis

    Training Materials

    This manual includes step-by-step facilitation instructions to conduct a data analysis workshop for survey or other quantitative analysis results. It includes four workshops created to move from getting comfortable with data to analyzing and making statements with data and developing a policy strategy to share the data. Participants will spend time thinking about audiences and key strategies for communicating the results as well as how their research will feed into their organizing agenda.

  • Narrative Building

    Our Voices, Our Land: A Guide to Community-based Strategies for Mapping Indigenous Stories

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A toolkit that assists native and tribal communities in using storytelling and mapping for cultural preservation. Many native and tribal communities across the US constantly struggle to protect their land, cultural resources, and sacred sites against development and resource ex­traction. Our Voices, Our Land features guides on how to gather stories and combine them with digitally mapped locations of community assets. It details research planning processes, how to conduct interviews, and how to create maps using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS).

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Planning a Rally

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A short resource on how to plan a campus rally, including roles that need to be covered and a few guidelines on speaker line-up. 

  • Zero Waste

    Plastic-Free Campuses Manual

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Compilation of best-practices from campuses around the country who are refusing single-use disposable plastics, including: how to assess where plastic is coming from on your campus, stakeholders to engage with to make change, tangible alternatives to single-use disposable plastics, and actionable next steps.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Power To Our People Participatory Research Kit: Creating Surveys

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A participatory research toolkit on how to do community surveys to support social justice campaigns. It includes information on all stages of the survey process—from deciding to do a survey to analyzing the information you gather.

  • Allyship

    Presentation on Allyship - QTPOC Advocacy Talk

    Recording/Webinar

    Speaker goes into detail of what it means to be a good ally, with a particular focus on Indigenous communities. Particularly good examples exist at 7:30-12:23 and 40:45-43:25.

  • Narrative Building

    Public Narrative 101: Story of Self

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand the crucial role that motivation plays in organizing, Identify personal experiences that motivate us to do the work we do (why are you here today?), Begin to see how personal narrative can be used to build motivation and inspire action, Begin to recognize the diversity of experience and identity that we all bring to our movements, Understand the three stories that comprise a public narrative, Begin to see how story and narrative build motivation and power to create change, Understand the role of Anti-Oppression principles in solidarity organizing.

  • Narrative Building

    Public Narrative 201: Story of Us & Now

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand the crucial role that motivation plays in organizing, Identify personal experiences that motivate us to do the work we do (why are you here today?), Begin to see how personal narrative can be used to build motivation and inspire action, Begin to recognize the diversity of experience and identity that we all bring to our movements, Understand the three stories that comprise a public narrative, Begin to see how story and narrative build motivation and power to create change, Understand the role of Anti-Oppression principles in solidarity organizing.

  • Narrative Building

    Re:Imagining Change How to use story-based strategy to win campaigns, build movements, and change the world

    Reading

    Re:Imagining Change is an inspirational inside look at the trailblazing methodology developed by the non-profit strategy and training organization, Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly smartMeme). Founded in 2002, Center for Story-based Strategy offers tools, training, and strategy support to organizations and movements working for justice, ecological sanity and transformative social change. Re:Imagining Change is a summary of their approach, and a call to innovate our strategies for collectively addressing the escalating social and ecological crisis of the 21st century.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Recruitment Ideas

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A short resource on ideas for campus recruitment.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Recruitment, Retention, and the Leadership Ladder

    Training Materials

    Simple, 2-page training guides on Recruitment & Retention, and Leadership Development.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Research Actions

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource shares some best practices for meeting and speaking with potential campaign allies.

  • AntiOpression

    Rethinking ‘Thanksgiving’ Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    The toolkit is geared for white folks to learn a more truthful history of Thanksgiving, and to connect to and support Indigenous organizing today.

  • Zero Waste

    Reusable To-Go Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Step by step logistics to setting up a Reusable To-Go Container Program on campus. Determine important stakeholders, projected budget, cost savings arguments, how to distribute and collect containers, and engaging general student body. 

  • Leadership Development

    Role Clusters - Building the Container for a Leaderful Community

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Role clusters are teams of participants who all hold the same role (Coordinator, Facilitator, Community Care, Messenger). Role Clusters work together to support the whole training community by fulfilling their key function.

  • Coalition Building

    Running a Successful Coalition

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Running a successful campaign means building a coalition. This resource helps you think through potential allies in your campus community.

  • Community Accountability

    Self Care 101

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Understand how to sustain movements by caring for ourselves and each other, Analyze cultural norms of self-care, Understand the relationship between productivity & self-investment, and how we can approach self-care through an anti-oppressive lens.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Semester Kickoff Checklist

    Worksheet

    A short resource on how to plan the start of a campus semester in your campus campaign, in a checklist format.

  • Leadership Development

    Shareholder Engagement Fact Sheet

    Reading

    Reasons why shareholder engagement with fossil fuel corporations is ineffective.

  • Social Movements

    Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Ourselves

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Activities that facilitate relationship building through storytelling, recognizing commonalities and differences among participants., placing them in the context of historical systemic oppression and resistance.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Sierra Club - Movement Organizing Manual 2016

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    "This manual is designed to aid your work as an organizer: building campaigns that enlist grassroots power to achieve outcomes that improve the world. Our objective is to lay out key ideas and practices that, in our experience, result in campaigns that succeed. This includes fundamentals of building relationships, analyzing power, and writing campaign plans. We also dig into some detail on topics such as how to enter a community, enlisting volunteers and cultivating their leadership skills, connecting your campaign to a larger movement, and how to learn from success and failure to improve your skills and campaigns. "

  • Digital Organizing

    Snapchat for Organizers

    Recording/Webinar

    Organizers of all ages are using Snapchat to pressure targets, build community, and invigorate creative campaigns. Half of Snapchat’s growing user base is over 25. This webinar covers 1- What is Snapchat? Using Geofilters, understanding key terms, and the anatomy of an effective Snapchat account 2- The history of Snapchat, and its growing 25 and older audience 3- Why and how to use Snapchat in organizing 4- Examples of effective Snapchat campaigns and key takeaways for including Snapchat in your next campaign

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Social Media & Communications Strategy

    Recording/Webinar

    On this call, organizers from divestment campaigns will share their social media and communications strategy and tactics for promoting actions, escalations, and their campaign in general. We will cover how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Slack, and other tools to promote divestment on campus.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Spectrum of Allies

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Check out this resource to help you understand who the allies and opponents of your campaign are and strategies for engaging with each group of people.

  • Community Building

    Story Sharing & Resonance

    Training Materials

    Created for SPROG: Storysharing and Resonance is a practice adapted from the work of the Relational Center (relationalcenter.org), an organization which partners with social movement leaders to build a culture of radical engagement centered on relationships and empathy. At SSC we see storysharing and resonance as a practice that embodies Principle #9 about prioritizing relationships and centering them in our work. This practice helps community members build trust with each other, and also witness the critical role that vulnerability plays in powerful leadership and resilient relationships.

  • Narrative Building

    Story-Based Strategy 101

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Story-based strategy tools allow change makers working alone or facilitating large groups to develop effective strategies to create a world where the goals and futures we imagine are possible or inevitable. The tools are facilitated, participatory activities that help amplify frontline community expertise on critical issues. 

  • Narrative Building

    Storytelling for Organizing

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Effective storytelling is a key skill for successful leadership. This resource walks you through structuring and developing your story.

  • Campaign Development

    Strategic Campaign Planning

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resources provides some best practices for getting a Commitment campaign started on your campus.

  • Climate Change Communications

    Strategies for Effective Engagement

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Guide to communicating with decision makers, building coalitions, project management and smart goal development to be able to make a difference in your own community.

  • Community Defense

    Students' Rights: Speech, Walkouts, & Other Protests

    Recording/Webinar

    Information for public school students when protesting.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Summer Projects for Campaigns

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A list of ideas of projects that college campaigns can do during summer and other extended breaks.

  • Volunteer Engagement

    Team Internet: What We Learned Organizing to Save Net Neutrality

    Recording/Webinar

    Watch this webinar recording to learn how the Team Internet coalition: 1- Provided support for volunteers 2- Used peer-to-peer texting to turn people out for over 1,300 events 3- Centered race in the campaign.

  • Digital Organizing

    Text Messaging for Organizers

    Recording/Webinar

    You'll learn how organizers are using text messaging to: 1- Recruit new supporters at actions and rallies with text opt-ins 2- Mobilize supporters to attend events, contact decision makers or donate 3- Reach likely supporters via texting people from the voter file, commercial databases and other sources.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    The Campaign Research Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A how-to guide for grassroots organizations conducting community-driven campaign research. It’s the product of over ten years of experience working with grassroots organizations to develop strategic and effective campaigns for change. The toolkit contains user-friendly activities, worksheets, and case-study discussions that demystify the process of campaign research for organizations and their membership.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    The Organizing Cycle

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource summarizes the cycle of steps necessary to organize a campus campaign.

  • Digital Organizing

    Top 2018 Tools & Tactics to Bump Up Your Online Organizing Game

    Recording/Webinar

    An overview of ways you can deploy online tools & tactics in combination with offline organizing to engage supporters, broaden your base and win campaigns. Drawn on lessons learned from resistance movements in 2017, and the latest online developments and social media trends. Learn what other organizers are doing to win and how to do it with limited time and money. 

  • Narrative Building

    Trump vs. the Truth: Winning the Battle of the Story

    Recording/Webinar

    Watch this webinar with the authors of "Re:Imagining Change: How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements and Change the World" to: 1. Learn about narrative power analysis and the elements of a winning campaign story. 2. Reflect on inspiring examples of effective framing and storytelling from contemporary movements like #BlackLivesMatter, climate justice, anti-war and migrant justice. 3. Get tools to strengthen your own narrative strategies.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    We Can Be Surveyors

    Training Materials

    This manual includes step-by-step facilitation instruction to conduct a series of workshops on survey design and implementation. It includes workshops created to move from survey project planning, survey tool design and piloting and implementing the survey. The manual is a tool for staff and leaders working on social change that want to include community in the survey process. Any sections of the curriculum can be used based on the level of community engagement you are planning for the project.

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Webinar: Learning from Divest Middlebury's victory!

    Recording/Webinar

    On January 29th, Divest Middlebury won direct fossil fuel divestment with the announcement of a ten-year plan called “Energy 2028”! As the birthplace of 350.org and a 7-year-long campaign, Middlebury’s divestment comes as a huge boost to the movement. In this webinar hosted by Divest Ed, we will hear from Divest Middlebury student organizers about how their campaign went from rejection and uncertainty last year to a huge victory!

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    What Makes Nonviolent Movements Succeed

    Recording/Webinar

    An interview with Dr. Erica Chenoweth, author of “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” We ask her questions about what her research reveals are the best strategies and tactics from movements around the world that have succeeded and failed in taking on oppressive regimes.

  • Social Movements

    Where Your Name Comes From

    Activity

    Group activity in which participants share their full name and where it comes from - facilitates acknowledgement and importance of difference and diversity in the room.

  • Immigration/Migration/Refugee

    Why Do Refugee Caravans Exist? A Lesson in Geo-Political History of Central America

    Recording/Webinar

    This webinar addresses the geo-political and colonial history that led to the conditions that are causing people to risk everything to travel by the thousands to seek safety in the United States. It also discusses the current status of the caravan, as well as humanitarian crisis conditions and the immediate need for assistance. Finally, the webinar suggests ways for Guild members to offer support—whether by Legal Observing, volunteering with Tijuana-based Al Otro Lado, or by donating to a locally-based relief organization.