ResourcesKnowledge

There are many excellent guides to making change out there on the web. The Leeds for Change crew has compiled some of the best.

Group Organising Resources

Meetings Resources

Campaigning Resources

Communication Resources

Direct Action Resources

Online Security Resources

Sustaining Yourself Resources

Funding Resources

 

Group Organising Resources

 

The Friends of the Earth Local Groups Handbook is an excellent introduction to organsing effective groups. They also have a guide to engaging different audiences. In fact their How To series of briefing sheets gives top tips in all aspects group organising and campaigning. have a browse!

 

The People & Planet Groups Guide is aimed more at student groups but has useful resources for any group.

 

Seeds for Change has numerous briefing sheets on many aspects of group organising including making changes in your group, and encouraging people to join and stay involved, as well as a booklet on dealing with conflict in groups.

 

Do It Yourself: A handbook for changing the world is full of inspiration and all available to read online

 

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Meeting Resources

Seeds for Change has numerous briefing sheets on many aspects of having effective group meetings, facilitation, making your meetings accessible, taking minutes, and a whole book on consensus based decision making.

 

Rhizome also has extensive guides on facilitation and using Open Space: a method of facilitating events that bring people together around a common theme, where the agenda and direction of the discussion is lead by the participants.

You can also find more resources on using Open Space techniques on the Open Space World site.

 

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Campaigning Resources

Campaignstrategy.org is former Greenpeace campaigner Chris Rose’s site. Chris is author of ‘How to Win Campaigns” this site has lots of top tips including his 12 basic guidelines for running successful campaigns.

Campaign Central is an online resource created by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation with advice on pretty much every aspect of campaigning.

If your organisation is a charity (or even if it isn’t) then the NCVO’s Good Guide to Campaigning and Influencing is good.

Seeds for Change’s Campaign Planning Guide is another excellent primer

 

For lobbying resources:

TheyWorkForYou lets you find out what your MP, MSP or MLA is doing in your name, read debates, written answers, see what’s coming up in Parliament, and sign up for email alerts when there’s past or future activity on someone or something you’re interested in.

And you can find out about your local Leeds councillors here and you can find minutes and agendas for the various council committees here.

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Communication Resources

Online campaigning and social media

We got pretty excited when we found Green Memes‘s awesome guide The Most Amazing Online Organising Guide Ever! and really recommend you check it out. DigiActive’s Introduction to Facebook Activism is also really useful. And Fairsay has lots of blog articles and tips on online campaigning for NGOs.

Check out Project Dirt – a new  community-focused social network which aims to connectpromote and resource passionate people and their projects.  Click here to find out more about local community projects in Leeds and beyond.

 

VisionOnTv has created easy templates for rapid-turnaround citizen video news reports which can be made by absolute beginners.

 

Media

With the advent of social media the way that journalists gather their information has changed somewhat and campaigning guides are still catching up with that. But the age old skills of pitching your story through press releases, following up with phone calls and learning the skills for giving good interviews are still essential and there are lots of good guides out there.

A good place to start is George Monbiot’s Activist’s Guide to Exploiting the Mainstream Media which, although it does still refer to sending your press release in by fax, is an excellent guide, opening with a great rant about the inherent bias of the media and giving you totally invaluable insider tips.

Seeds for Change have a good media guide too. And the Media Toolkit on the Campaign Central site is one that has certainly caught up with the changes that social media age has brought.

For a local media contact list check out Tidal‘s resources page.

 

Public speaking

There’s an absolute wealth of public speaking tips from beginners to experts on the Six Minutes site. It’s a very ‘top ten tips’ type site with a lot modelled on TED talks but has a lot of guidance on everything from using visuals to overcoming fear and getting over habits like going over time.

Friends of the Earth’s How to win series, again has guidance on pretty much everything including public speaking. We’ve also been sent this very handy collection of online resources to help your public speaking skills.

 

Outreach

Seeds for Change has a short guide to doing good outreach and publicity and Friends of the Earth has some excellent resources for outreach in their How To series.

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Direct Action Resources

 

Taking Action

The Direct Action Handbook was produced in 2010 for the Climate Camp and has lots of useful tips on action planning, affinity groups and tactics.

Seeds for Change has plenty of resources on all aspects of taking direct action.

Road Raging is the 90’s road protest movement is pretty old now – but lots of the info in it is not. It certainly won’t tell you how to use social media to mobilise the masses but it has tons of still relevant information on protest tactics, action camps, and sustaining campaigns.

AT Coop have lots of resources on planning action camps and events as well as stuff available to hire.

 

Bike Based Campaigning

Local activist Bill Phelps, a founding member of the Rickshaw Freedom Riders, has produced a couple guides to campaigning on yer bike;

Bike-based Campaigning
Here Bill talks through the practicalities of cycling long distances in the name of social justice. From pre-ride planning to best practice on the road, it’s more tricky than you might think…

Making Bike Banners
If you want your group to make a visual impact you’re going to need custom banners. Here Bill gives a step-by-step guide to mass producing bike banners so your group can look the part.

 

Legal Guides

Green and Black Cross provide legal support and legal observers on actions and have an active group in Leeds. Their website has a ‘bust card’ giving rights in case of arrest or stop and search and their resources page has lots of invaluable guides.

 

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Online Security Resources

 

Tech Tools for Activism is a gateway to a set of tools to help campaign and organise more securely online. These include email, email lists, websites / blogs, instant messaging and VPN (virtual private networks). They also provide online help workshops on how to use these tools as well as a 32 page printed booklet.

 

 

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Sustaining Yourself Resources

Activist Trauma Support have some useful resources on avoiding burnout. If this is something you are struggling with then Counselling for Social Change may be able to help and the Sustaining Resistance: Empowering Renewal courses offer a chance to explore these issues in depth.

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Funding Resources

 

There are some local funding opportunities listed on the Doing Good Leeds site run by Voluntary Action Leeds, who also offer affordable training in areas such as funding and finance and have some training bursaries.

Funding Central is a good starting point for finding out about what grants are available to your organisation

Small grassroots action groups may also want to look at the Edge Fund and Lush Charity Pot. And Seeds for Change has a funding guide for these types of groups which covers not just grant funding but also covers ideas for donations, benefit gigs etc.