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Many great resources about activism can be found on the internet. The following websites are published under a creative commons licence (meaning we can add the articles to Activist Handbook as long as the appropriate credit is given).
- Beautiful Rising: A collection of stories, tactics, principles, theories and methodologies on activism.
- Seeds for Change's Resources: A collection of articles about campaign skills, consensus decision making, facilitation, skills for working in groups, resources for co-ops and running workshops. Various translations are available as well.
- Blueprint for Change: A collection of shared Google Docs targeted at progressive activists about organising and campaigning strategies, online-offline approaches, tools and self-defence for organisers and campaigners.
- Mobilisation Lab: A collection of reports, toolkits and guides about change-making.
- AORTA Resources: A variety of toolkits, handouts, guides, and other resources created by the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance.
- Youth Activist Toolkit by Advocates for Youth (2019): a 64 page document with chapters on getting started with activism, creating a strategy, crafting your message, building collective power, using your power and sustaining a movement.
- 350.org trainings: An elaborate list of guides for trainers, meeting facilitators and organisers. The website is primarily targeted at climate activists, but the articles provide useful insights for other activists as well.
- Social Justice Toolbox: A collection of resources to help you organise diversity workshops and social justice trainings.
- Thinking, doing, changing: A blog on social change by Natasha Adams.
- Resources for organisers by Praxis Makes Perfect | Archived
We want to thank all the authors of the books below for sharing their knowledge on activism. If you have read any good books on activism, do share them in this list:
- Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements by Bill Moyer with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley and Steven Soifer (2001)
- Climate Resistance Handbook by Daniel Hunter (2019)
- The Activist's Handbook by Randy Shaw (2013)
- Movement Action Plan by Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley and Steven Soifer (2001)
- Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond & Zack Exley (2016): Discusses grassroots organising based on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
- This is an uprising by Mark Engler and Paul Engler (2016): A book that discusses non-violent revolts and the deeper laying processes behind sudden outbursts of protests.
- The Empowerment Manual by Starhawk (2011): A manual on effective group facilitation.
- Tools for Grassroots Activists by Nora Gallagher and Lisa Myers (2016)
- People Power Manual by Jason Macleod (2016)
- Towards Collective Liberation by Chris Crass (2013): Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy
- How Organizations Develop Activists by Hahrie Han (2004)
- Organizing for social change by Kimberley A. Bobo, Jackie Kendall, Steve Max (2010)
- Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing by Lee Staples (2004) | Archived
- How to Win Campaigns: Communications for Change by Chris Rose (2011)
- Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards (2018)
- No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane McAlevey (2016)
- Why Civil Resistance Works by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan (2011)
- Organizing: People, Power, Change by Marshall Ganz (2014) [Creative Commons]
- Hegemony How-To by Jonathan Smucker (2017)
- How We Win by Farah Pandith (2018)
- Blueprint For a Revolution by Popovic (2015)
- Organizing Cools The Planet by Hilary Moore and Joshua Kahn Russell (2011)
Podcasts about activism allow us to listen to fellow change-makers that are living at the other side of the world. What podcasts are you listening to learn more about activism? Make sure to add them to this list:
¶ Films and documentaries
Feel free to add relevant films and documentaries.
Basing our strategies and tactics on the work of scholarly research, we can become much more effective. If you are researching activism, feel free to share your work here:
¶ Articles & blogs