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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Community Defense

    Students' Rights: Speech, Walkouts, & Other Protests

    Recording/Webinar

    Information for public school students when protesting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.