Here is my (Jessica Bell’s) take on the top 10 activist stories of 2013, in no particular order. Let these victories be an antidote to cynicism, hopelessness and apathy. Activism works. Activists win. Looking forward to seeing what’s in store for 2014. [...]
Thank you to Levana Saxon for posting an article about Movement Strategy Centre’s new blog site called “Let’s Talk”. I immediately started digging in.
Based in the bay area, the Movement Strategy Centre helps build collaborative and sustainable social movements. Pretty cool hey! Their blog allows [...]
The Leading Change network has ramped up its presence and is rocking it. The Leading Change network was founded by former farmworkers union organizer, Marshall Ganz, and is based out of Harvard University.
This post provides you with some basic information about the network [...]
Tools for Change wants you to fill in our survey so we can choose workshops that are useful to you and your group. We take your feedback and organize the most popular workshop topics. We usually organize about 20 workshops a year. Workshops range from [...]
Read Mobilization Lab’s report on Tools for Change. The goal of this article is to inform others who might be interested in starting up a similar group in their area. Thank you Anna Keenan for your article.
If you’re an activist in Toronto, you probably [...]
At this year’s awesome George Brown College Labour Fair Conference, I (Jessica Bell) gave a presentation that outlined five things I wish I knew when I first became politically active. What do you think of what I’ve learned? What have you learned that [...]
Based in the United States, the New Organizing Institute is a training program run by organizers for organizers. Heavily geared to election campaigns, the organization hosts trainings on campaign strategy, online organizing, online communications, political technology, new media, and testing/evaluation. Sign [...]
Sometimes the best way to learn about campaigning is to review case studies of successful and unsuccessful campaigns. Campaigning, after all, is not a simple 1+1=2 activity. It’s complicated, and real life campaign case studies can do a decent job of unveiling the nature of [...]
Thanks to Tools for Change trainer and NOII Toronto organizer, Syed Hussan, for this guest blog post.
Protests are an integral and necessary part of our social movements. They are the means to assert power, to take power, to pressure a target and to [...]
There’s a difference between facilitation and decision-making. Facilitators work within the boundaries of the decision-making structure that exists within a group, be it hierarchy, consensus or spokescouncil structures. I find there’s limited content or workshops on decision-making, even though it’s such a crucial subject. [...]