An A – Z directory of organisations, networks, trainers and hubs around the world that focus on social change, social movements, organising, justice and peacebuilding.
This directory has been collated by the Democracy Resource Hub. The Democracy Resource Hub is supported by the 22nd Century Initiative, United Vision Idaho, the SHIFT Action Lab, and the Horizons Project. The hub sits within the Commons Social Change Library which has over 1000+ resources.
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Organisations, Networks and Trainers
350.org is a movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. It is building a future that’s just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. They offer online courses using interactive activities and multimedia to teach skills you can use for organizing, movement-building, and climate change.
Global Platform is ActionAid’s network for youth-led activism. It support movements, youth networks, organisations and individuals who promote progressive social, political and economic change around the world.Through capacity building and support to various youth-led initiatives, we seek to promote young people as drivers of change towards a more just, sustainable and democratic world.
ACN is comprised of social movement coaches from ten different African countries who provide embedded training and coaching to social movements across our continent. The network eqips movement with skills and knowldeg to activists and organizers to effectively organize, plan strategically and mantain non-violent discipline.
Africans Rising is a Pan-African movement of people and organisations, working for peace, justice, and dignity. It works with movements, people, civil society organisations, governments, artists, businesses, and others – based on our shared support for the Kilimanjaro declaration.
The Center is focused on interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels.
The AfP the “number one influencer and change agent” among peacebuilding institutions worldwide, is an award-winning nonprofit and nonpartisan network of 180+ organizations working in 181 countries to prevent and reduce violent conflict and build sustainable peace. AfP cultivates a network to strengthen and advance the peacebuilding field, enabling peacebuilding organizations to achieve greater impact—tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone.
The Ayni Institute is an organization which supports and provides training to social movements, leaders, and institutions in increasing their strategic and organizational capacity. The purpose of this training is to support new and mid-level organizers to gain the necessary skills to be successful in their first and subsequent cycles of organizing campaigns. The AYNI School runs training and online courses such as Social Movements, Movement Ecology and Leadership and Organizational Seasons.
Beautiful Rising have created a toolbox for those who seek to strengthen the capacity, creativity, and effectiveness of social movements, activist groups, and civil society organizations to achieve lasting social change.
Beautiful Trouble offers everything from a one-hour introductory webinar to a week-long intensive, all tailored to the needs of the individual/group, in a highly experiential framework rooted in popular education. Some of their trainings include: Creative Organizing Tactics, Strategic Campaign Design, and Nonviolent Street Smarts.
US based – Beloved Community Center (BCC) offers trainings within their Beloved Organizing, Healing, and Training Institute (BOTHI). BOTHI is dedicated to training community building organizers. Training includes helping to heal the “soul” wounds and scars inflicted upon all of us growing out of our tortuous yesterdays, in particular people of color. Drawing from 50 years of organizing experience in Greensboro and across the nation, their process involves blending the wisdom gleaned in our yesterday with the beautiful, new, militant, and creative energies growing out of the struggles of today to systematically share the learnings with communities, sectors, and cities to forge better tomorrows.
Beyond Intractability resources support those working on these conflicts at all levels—from the individual to the societal. Their focus is on conflict, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and constructive ways of addressing (from both advocacy and intermediary perspectives) today’s big conflict problems. Resources address the full range of conflict issues from small-group interpersonal interactions to large-scale community, society-wide, and even international conflict. Beyond Intractability has compiled very useful lists of education, training opportunities and resources.
US based – The BlackOUT Collective is a radical direct action full service organization that provides on the ground support, training and deep space visioning in communities that prioritize the liberation of Black people. BlackOUT Collective address “anti-Blackness” and views direct action as a critical movement strategy to achieve this outcome both in terms of internalized oppression as well as historic and contemporary of white supremacy. Using direct action training and support as a vehicle, we help organizations craft strategies that win; in addition to training newly formed formations comprised of politicized Black people. They offering a series of public trainings specifically for elections. Provides primarily safety tips and tools, de-escalation tactics, and digital security awareness. Trainings are tailored to the context. May be held online or in-person. Online can accommodate as many people as possible, depending on how interactive/intimate the group would like the training to be.
Blueprint NC is a progressive ecosystem of nearly 60 formal partner organizations and an expanding web of network allies committed to building independent power for an anti-racist, inclusive democracy. The organization is a partnership of public policy advocacy and grassroots organizing nonprofits dedicated to achieving a better, fairer, healthier North Carolina through the development of an integrated communications and civic engagement strategy.
US based – Braver Angels is a nonprofit dedicated to political depolarization. The organization runs workshops, debates, and other events where “red” and “blue” participants attempt to better understand one another’s positions and discover their shared values. Here are their upcoming workshops. Braver Angels Online Training Workshops help you navigate these discussions with empathy and openness, and avoid demonization and contempt. Practice your skills with others using Zoom breakout rooms. Courses include:
- Skills for Bridging the Divide — Learn techniques for speaking with those you disagree with so you can be heard, as well as listening in order to truly hear.
- Depolarizing Within — Recognize your inner polarizer, and practice affirming the value and humanity of the other side, even among people who agree with you.
- Families & Politics — Learn skills for handling family political differences in a constructive way, while remaining true to one’s values and political beliefs.
US based – BDI is a non-partisan research initiative that tracks and mitigates political violence. They have guides and a state-by-state directory of local and national trainings. The tools and strategies that the trainings provide can help communities, local leaders, election officials, poll workers, and individuals take concrete steps to prepare for elections, public meetings, and demonstrations, especially when there is a heightened risk of political violence.
Build A Movement (BAM) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to researching and spreading knowledge on the methods of nonviolent, grassroots activism to promote democracy, human rights and social change.
CANVAS offers a range of modules covering essential topics for non-violent movements, such as strategy, communication, security, fundraising, branding, and more, to create a specific workshop for each activist group. Backed by 15 years of experience in training across the globe, their modules bridge theory and method with practice and planning. All workshops are tailor-made based on the needs of the requestor.
A non-profit, non-governmental international network oriented to educational work related to strategic nonviolent conflict. CANVAS offers a range of modules covering essential topics for non-violent movements, such as strategy, communication, security, fundraising, branding, and more, to create a specific workshop for each activist group. Backed by 15 years of experience in training across the globe, our modules bridge theory and method with practice and planning. All workshops are tailor-made based on the needs of the requestor.
The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) empowers communities to create an inclusive, equitable society where people of color, immigrants, working families, women, and LGBTQ communities thrive together. They have a large network of trainers focused on nonviolent civil disobedience.
Center for Public Impact acts as a learning partner for governments, public servants, and the diverse network of changemakers leading the charge to reimagine government so that it works for everyone.
The Center for the Working Poor is an inter-faith intentional community inspired by the Catholic Worker movement and New Monasticism, which is committed to strategic nonviolent social change. Their specialty is helping to organize social movements, and facilitating the use of strategic nonviolence throughout the world.
CIVICUS a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.
ConnexUS is a global learning, social impact, networking & coordination platform for you to collaborate with people in conflict-affected contexts who are addressing pressing challenges. ConnexUs seeks to improve the effectiveness & impact of your work by creating connections & opportunities.
US based – The DC Peace Team is focused on cultivating the habits of nonviolence to unleash the power of ordinary civilians and communities to resist injustice. They offer training sessions on Nonviolent Communication, Restorative Justice, Trauma Awareness, Equity and Anti Racism, Active Bystander Intervention, De-Escalation, Nonviolent Self-Defence, and Unarmed Civilian Protection. See their upcoming training sessions.
The East Point Peace Academy is an organization dedicated to bringing about a culture of peace through training, education and the practice of Nonviolence and Conflict Reconciliation. Their flagship training “Fierce Vulnerability” sets the introduction to the ethos and principles of Non Violent Direct Action.
Pre-recorded online courses for those just stepping into activism or ready to move beyond attending marches as well as already established trainers. Courses include: Finding Your Role in this Moment of Social Change, Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign, and Building Confidence as an Online Teacher or Facilitator.
Study Guide with 15 sessions, that can be used as a work book for students, or for facilitators that want to teach the Engaging Nonviolence program, providing a framework for responding to any violent policy, issue, or social structure.
Equality Federation works closely with state partners, national partners, and other stakeholders to build an active base of LGBTQ+ supporters in every state to advance pro-LGBTQ+ policies and defeat anti-LGBTQ+ policies from the ground up. They also provide trainings for leadership and organizational development.
Essential Partners offers a vast resource library which centers around a number of different social justice issues including: Active listening, nonviolent communication, political polarization, trauma-informed interventions, racial justice, and much more.
Freedom House programs support human rights and democracy advocates in their efforts to promote open government, defend human rights, strengthen civil society and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas.
US based – FCNL’s multi-faceted approach draws on the expertise of registered lobbyists in Washington, DC, the commitment and passion of Quakers and friends around the country in their advocacy network, and the relationships they cultivate with elected officials and community leaders. Some of their issue areas include: peacebuilding, economic justice, environmental justice, gun violence prevention, immigration, justice reform, Indigenous issues and Middle Eastern issues.
The Generation Change Fellows partners with young leaders across the globe to foster collaboration, build resilience and strengthen capacity as they transform local communities. It is a partnership between the U.S. Institute of Peace and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
The GGSN is building a community of practice that brings together projects supporting -grassroots justice-oriented- activist groups in multiple regions and continents. Our objective is to share knowledge around common challenges that these groups face, and how each project has solved for them collectively.
US based – GPP’s programs are based on three core methodologies: organizational accompaniment, building connective tissue between organizations, and strategic education. They cultivate long-term partnerships with grassroots organizations by accompanying them on the high-stakes journey of advancing social change. This is done through training, agenda design, coaching and organizational development support. They build connections across organizations and alliances, which creates critical infrastructure for a strong social movement as well as create space for cross-organizational dialogue and co-thinking that helps people expand their perspective, identify shared strategic questions, and align towards shared goals. They conduct strategic education with experienced organizers which integrates rigorous systems analysis with strategy to achieve transformational change through tailored programs.
Greenpeace USA has hosted multiple trainings over the past few years including: the Collective Action Training Series, the #Climate2020 Training Series, and the Summer of Resistance Training Series as well as Digital Organizing and Digital Campaigning Toolkits.
US based – Highlander are a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. Highlander’s programs create spaces for directly impacted people and communities to practice and build skills in the methodologies that root Highlander in a vision of the world we deserve and are building together.
They build the power of working families in Indiana’s small towns and rural communities by bringing people together across their differences to fight for what matters most to them. Through robust outreach, leadership development, strategic campaigns, and civic engagement they create real change, while growing a base of Hoosiers who’ve been left out and left behind.
The If Not Now Movement is a movement of American Jews organizing our community to end U.S. support for Israel’s apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis. If Not Now has compiled a resource known as the Liberation Syllabus to model for Jewish schools, camps, and youth groups that it is possible and necessary for students of all ages to engage with the reality of the Occupation. The resources listed here were submitted by Rabbis, teachers, parents, alumni, journalists and other members of the Jewish community.
I4C a global network of people and organisations who connect, partner, and learn together to defend and strengthen civic space and overcome restrictions to our fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, and expression. It is a community-led network inspired by ideas, methods, and technologies from across different sectors.
ICNC offers a wealth of opportunities for structured online learning about civil resistance. These include: Moderated courses for selected cohorts that involve interactive discussion with peers and experts in the field. Unmoderated, participant-run courses for selected cohorts that involves interactive discussions with peers moving through an expertly developed curriculum. Individualized, self-paced courses for general and professional audiences, including scholars, students, activists, organizers, journalists and members of the NGO and policy community, with varying levels of background knowledge.
International Institute for Nonviolent Action in Barcelona, Spain, provide support, training and counselling to nonviolent or peaceful civil resistance movements which work for conflict transformation and human security. They provide educational programs that give certificates.
US based – The International Republican Institute (IRI) was founded as one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), with a mission to advance democracy worldwide.
US based – The James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University aims to research the study of nonviolent strategies and leadership development. They do this by utilizing three strategies: advance research, promote conversations, and train the next generation.
LCN is a global community of organizers, practitioners, educators and researchers catalyzing change through the power of narratives, rooted in the pedagogy and practice of community organizing and the work of Marshall Ganz and his associates. They hold regular online events based on a collective learning experience to develop one’s capacity for community organizing, public narrative, and leadership. They teach organizing and public narrative, provide coaching and support, have community of practices, advance leadership practices, and seed global structures.
US based – This Harvard/Kennedy School executive program explores the conceptual frameworks for effective leadership through learning modules focused on building collaboration, strengthening the strategic capacity of leadership teams, tactical flexibility and innovation, and negotiation.
Learning Initiatives Network supports the work of individuals and teams who are strongly committed to learning and spreading knowledge about civil resistance in their communities.
Living Room Conversations based in the US works to heal society by connecting people across divides – politics, age, gender, race, nationality, and more – through guided conversations proven to build understanding and transform communities. See their upcoming events.
Mediate.com is the world’s leading mediation web site. Mediate.com serves as a bridge between professionals offering mediation services and people needing mediation services.
MBB has focused on building local skills for peacebuilders through our International Training Institute, webinars, virtual town halls, local events, international conferences, working groups, and various other projects.
A nonprofit organization founded in 1982, on the inspiration of Sri Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. We help people answer the question of how nonviolence works, where it is happening and how to cultivate a deeper awareness of its power.
The Milk Tea Alliance a loose network and coalition of protestors, activists and youngsters from across.It is a broad and leaderless alliance, which can to some degree be anything anyone wants it to be. At its core however are two central values which for those in Taiwan and Hong Kong are inseparable, pro-democratic and anti-Beijing.
Momentum is a training institute and community of movement organizers. They bring people together to learn from each other and the history of global struggles. They cover everything from our hybrid organizing model that combines structure-based organizing and mass protest, to campaigning, power-mapping, culture-building, and more. Momentum offer in person and virtual training on social movement organizing and movement strategy. They offer training and support to hone organizer’s skills in shifting public opinion, developing hundreds of leaders, and mobilizing by the thousands. They are committed to both strengthening existing groups and incubating new movement organizations.
US based – The Montana HR Network utilizes a multi-faceted approach to expanding the base for human rights in Montana which includes: progressive public policy, community organizing, combatting white nationalism, and arts & activism. Their multi-issue approach to human rights includes LBTQ+ equality, economic human rights, refugee and migrant rights, reproductiver rights, tribal sovereignty, confronting anti-semitism, criminal justice and protecting public education.
MoveOn has organized a number of trainings in the past surrounding different topics in the wake of 2020 George Floyd protests as well as the 2022 election cycle. These trainings included: The Progressive Power Training Series and the Mobilize to Win Training Series. The Progressive Power Training Series focused on the 2022 election cycle and focused on three topics: Your role, Your Power and Your Impact. Their 2020 Training Series centered around providing a space for us to collectively be inspired, learn, challenge assumptions, strategize, and orchestrate tactics to honor the history of our communities and actualize our voting power. The three topics which they focused on were: The role of a Vote Mobilizer, Equitable Voter Engagement, Effective Conversations, and Getting Out the Vote.
US based – Movement Catalyst is a social movement support hub based in Washington, D.C. working nationally and locally. They are an experienced and interdisciplinary team of strategists, organizers, campaigners, and researchers, who will launch strategic projects to meet the moment, partner with organizations looking to expand their ability to have an impact, and anchor movement infrastructure.
US based – NCDD has a wealth of resources which center around different approaches to dialogue and deliberation and principles for public engagement.
US based – Research and study of nonviolent social movements.
US based – NDI works to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. The Institute brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise that can be adapted to the needs of individual countries.
US based – Native Organizing organizes Native Community Organizer Training for Native leaders, nonprofits, and organizations both in rural and urban communities. Effective organizing requires continuous learning of new skills and strategies for today’s audience and their communication preferences. Grassroots organizing and campaigns are happening both on the ground and in digital spaces. With the rapid advancement of technology, they also believe it’s important to also be grounded in traditional practices and values and learn to apply Indigenous leadership skills. With these skills, organizations can build effective teams and powerful partnerships that can affect transformational change on a massive scale.
Nonviolence International advocates for active nonviolence and supports creative constructive nonviolent campaigns worldwide. They have a database which is a collection of over 300 nonviolent tactics, or discrete methods deployed to achieve a limited goal, which will continue to be updated to reflect the ever-changing and growing field of nonviolence.
Focused on organizing grassroots, media, academia, government to depolarize politics. Trainings are not used for direct action, rather the third application – strategic nonviolence to protect civilians and prevent violence. Trainings discuss nonviolence in neutral contexts, not taking sides but keeping the space open for discussion. They cover the history of nonviolent methods in the United states, however, they have done international work in Iraq, Mynamar and the South Sudan. Trainings may range from 5-10 hours online and can accomodate up to 50 people.
This center in Istanbul, Turkey is a non-profit independent entity. The Center generates reference resources and materials, organizes seminars and workshops with the purpose of spreading a non–violent culture and the implementation of human rights and justice, and does research.
The One America Movement partners with faith communities across religious, political, and racial divides to confront toxic polarization in our society. As well as working with academics, neuroscientists, and experts in conflict prevention, identity formation, and psychology to design and evaluate effective programs for bridgebuilders.
On Earth Peace focuses on helping people, groups, and communities work with the discipline of “Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation” to bring about personal and societal change. They work mostly with students and young adults, online communities of peace and justice minded individuals, and churches who see justice and peace as central to their calling and ministry. They run regular training such as Tools for Organizing and Community Leadership, Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation and Facilitator Training for Standing with People of Colour.
US based – Reduce and Prevent identity based violence through the power of communication. Over Zero partners with community leaders, civil society, and researchers to harness the power of communication to prevent, resist and rise above identity-based violence and other forms of group-targeted harm. They offer training and organizational support.
Partners Global bridges the intersection of peacebuilding and democracy-building. It has hard-earned expertise in accountable governance, working strategically with all levels of government around the world on needed reforms and public policy. The commitment to peacebuilding and human security has led them to establish trusting partnerships with security sector actors, giving them needed access to improve the relationship between citizens and those who are meant to protect them.
Pace e Bene organizes online nonviolence workshops and trainings each month covering a variety of topics around nonviolence. In these trainings and workshops held by Pace e Bene, they offer tools for unleashing the power and possibility of nonviolent change in our lives, our communities, and our society. These trainings explore many facets of the vision, principles, and concrete methods of active nonviolence, often integrating role-plays, exercises, story-telling, small and large group discussions, short presentations, and journaling. Some of the topics include: Introducing Nonviolence, Nonviolent Social Change, Nonviolent Communication, Nonviolent Conflict Transformation, Spiritually Based Nonviolence and Training for Trainers.
US based – PJALS offers recurring workshops which center around different themes such as: Why Race Matters, Grassroots Organizing, Peacekeeping, Power Mapping and Countering White Nationalism.
US based – People’s Action builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections. They offer multiple training programs which center around different aspects of organizing: Leadership development, movement politics, building power and just policies.
The Collaborative supports the growth of the pop culture for social change field through four interconnected program areas: grantmaking, convening and networking, narrative design and philanthropic learning. The Collaborative hosts an array of learning tools in the form of case studies, essays, podcasts, visual reports, digital magazines and more. Each product is designed to help people immerse themselves in visionary narrative change strategies, groundbreaking field building approaches, and critical new insights around pop culture for social change.
Project South believe that the most relevant education practices and publications are the outcome of praxis and participatory research that emerges directly from their projects and programs. They believe this education is an essential component of liberation struggles. They have workshops and trainings centered around: Movement building and political education as well as their University Sin Fronteras’ initiative whose mission is to embody and reflect the principles, concerns, and ethics of global people’s struggles in a public and accessible space for education that advances systemic social change.
US based – Race Forward offers comprehensive, interactive training to individuals, groups, organizations, and government agencies committed to taking action for racial justice and a multiracial democracy. Training is designed to help participants build a shared racial analysis, apply shared tools, develop shared relationships, and move toward a shared vision for racial justice and multiracial democracy. Areas of training include: Racial Equity Training, H.E.A.L Together Training, and Government Employee Training.
US based – Re:power is a team of organizers, strategists, and technologists dedicated to building a liberated multi-racial democracy. re:power exists to build a critical mass of social justice movements and their leaders who embody the ideology and practice of liberatory organizing, an organizing practice that is pro-Black and grounded in community, collective action, and abundance. They offer training and events on topics such as grassroots organizing, campaign management, storytelling, digital organizing, grassroots fundraising, data strategy and more.
Rhize is a global network based in the US with activists that work as coaches and catalysts in order to facilitate the mutual learning and exchange of experiences and knowledge between movements working for nonviolent social change. Rhize coaches movements, trains organizations and connects everyone to a global ecosystem of movement support. The Rhize coaching fellowship brings together movement leaders and activists from Africa to learn more about movement building and community organizing through shared learning, movement mapping and First exposure trainings to movements.
US based – Since 2016, Rising Organizers has trained over 3,000 new activists through our free public trainings. Their belief is that everyone has the power to create change and their public trainings ensure that the skills needed to harness that power are accessible to all. Led by alumni of Rising Organizers’ fellowship program, these trainings help individuals develop the skills they need to become progressive leaders and activists and build strong movements. Trainings vary in content from basic strategy, storytelling, how to have strategic one-on-one conversations, and how to identify and focus on the issues most important to you. They also offer private training and the Rising Organizing Fellowship.
A web site that endeavours to create an Archive of Record of significant texts on the history, theory, and practice of nonviolence. This website is owned and maintained by Stichting Satyagraha, a nonprofit organization duly registered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
SMT is a non-profit providing organizing strategy, training and campaign support to build people power and win in the digital age.SMT collaborates with campaigners and activists around the world to build people power for justice in the digital age. It provides organizing strategy, training and campaign support.
An international network that provides support and solidarity for grassroots activists around the world utilizing strategic nonviolent action to build campaigns and movements for change.
The Sunrise Movement advocates strongly for a Green New Deal and hosts hubs which are a group of people across race and class working together in their community to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal. Hubs are one of the basic units of organization within Sunrise Movement. They play a critical role in building the movement’s people and political power. They have over 100+ hubs across the US and offer trainings and curriculum resources.
SNAP guide provides a strategic framework for activists, peacebuilders, and organizers working to transform violent conflict and advance a just peace. It demonstrates how nonviolent action and peace building approaches can be used together synergistically to mobilize communities, address power imbalances and conflict drivers, and support inclusive, participatory peace processes.
US based -SURJ are a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial and economic justice. They have a series of resources which center around: Racial justice, indigenous rights, combatting white nationalism and criminal justice reform.
US based – Their aim is to build power for the movement, not organizationally. Inspired by learnings with GCCLP, Project South, and the Southern Movement Assembly, they create spaces for frontline communities to gather and advance climate strategies that emerge from the group. They organize work under three core solutions which are: 1) The acknowledgement and repair of harm 2) Power building and frontline cohesion and 3) The advancement of community stewardship of water, energy, and land. (Formerly known as Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy)
Training for Change is a training and capacity building organization for activists and organizers. They train thousands of people each year in the United States and around the world, across issues and sectors – from campaign strategy retreats for anti-gentrification community groups, facilitation training for union leaders, to de-escalation skills for immigrant rights groups resisting deportation. They run many workshops regularly throughout the year including workshops on one on one organizing conversations, navigating uncertainty, facilitating online meetings, designing better meetings for base building and more. Workshops are rooted in their Direct Education approach where trainers center the group, building upon dynamics in the room and participants’ own experience to introduce new content and help the group access their own wisdom. Many of the public workshops are “training for trainers,” designed for folks facilitating and training across contexts and with varying levels of experience. They also have a training tool library.
US based – The United Vision Project is a nonpartisan outreach project where multiple organizations – United Vision Idaho, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and People’s Action – are collaborating to contact hundreds of thousands of Americans by having authentic relational conversations conducted with deep listening, empathy and dignity. The focus is on saving democracy and finding common ground. They have a National Training Hub running trainings such as How to Have Authentic Relational Conversations and Organizing to Build a Pro-Democracy Base at scale and for lasting impact.
US based – Urban Rural Action brings ideologically, racially, generationally, and geographically diverse cohorts together repeatedly over many months to build relationships, strengthen collaboration skills, explore different views on issues, and work together to address urgent challenges. Participants in their programs form diverse teams of Uniters across their broader community. They work with a community partner to design and implement an intervention to address a local challenge identified by the group and advance a goal of the organization. Through this in-person and online collaboration, teams build enduring relationships across lines of difference. They offer in-person and Zoom training for community organizations in community engagement and interpersonal skills.
Training providing a multidisciplinary perspective on nonviolent, civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world, and in so doing transform the global security environment.
Vision Change Win has a series of different trainings including: Community Safety, Get in Formation Training Series, Transforming Conflict, Electoral Safety, National Community Safety and Security School, Organizational Development. The Vision Change Win team also facilitates a broad range of workshops including developing racial justice, economic justice, and anti‐violence campaigns.
The Visionary Organizing Lab is an educational laboratory that teaches an approach to change that supports individuals, students, and groups & organizations to Exist Differently. Visionary Organizing Lab’s Curriculums are for Individuals, Groups and Organizations, and Students. Their workshops, trainings, and classes teach people systems thinking, emergence thinking, transformative thinking, growth skills, and familiarize people with the components of Visionary Organizing.
Waging Nonviolence is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to providing original reporting and expert analysis of social movements around the world.
A global network of grassroots antimilitarist and pacifist groups, working together for a world without war with over 90 affiliated groups in 40 countries.
US based – We Make the Future (WMTF) is built on the implementation work of Race Class Narrative Action with ASO Communications and Faith in Minnesota and rooted in Race Class Narrative research. WMTF serves as an implementation home for the Race Class Narrative (RCN) and other empirically backed messaging. Our goal is to increase the capacity of state, local and national partners to move a race forward narrative on our economy and democracy so they can make a compelling case for a better future for all. By combining empirically based messaging and coalition building we partner on the development and distribution of shared narratives rooted in place that motivate our base and persuade the middle. They offer public and customised workshops and have lots of narrative resources.
US based – We the People Michigan brings together people from all corners of Michigan for the goal of coming together to reject narratives of scarcity and embrace narratives of abundance. Organization is geared towards organizing different coalitions within the state.
WV Can’t Wait is a movement organization out to win a people’s government in the mountain state. They now have 24 movement electeds in office across the state of West Virginia—in school boards, city councils, county commissions and the State House.
The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy.
Resource Hubs, Tools and Libraries
Find tools and techniques that will help you and the people around overcome obstacles and work together.Guides, templates, visuals and resources to help you organize against the climate crisis. Some of their resources are available also on the Commons Library.
600+ resources about strategic civil resistance and organizing. Human Rights Connected’s focus is to build an extensive knowledge-sharing platform on human rights organizations, nonviolent action and legal resources that strengthen civil society involvement in the promotion and protection of human rights.
The Beautiful Trouble toolbox illustrates the key tactics, principles, methodologies, theories and stories that have inspired centuries of people-powered victories. Written by over 175 frontline activists from Harare to Amman, New York to Oaxaca, the toolbox is one part prankster manifesto, one part direct action manual, and one part training guide for mass organizing and collective liberation.
The Library Bridgebuilding program a global development and education organization to enhance bridgebuilding capabilities of public libraries to combat rising levels of distrust and division in the United States.This hub is a space to share resources to support libraries with bridging and other civic strengthening activities. The Library Bridgebuilding program is a project of IREX, a global development and education organization
BDI has created a state-by-state directory of local and national de-escalation, bystander, and community safety trainings and resources. The tools and strategies that the trainings provide can help communities, local leaders, election officials, poll workers, and individuals take concrete steps to prepare for elections, public meetings, and demonstrations, especially when there is a heightened risk of political violence.
Tools to Engage is an ever-changing compilation of the best resources from across the social sector, chosen for their particular focus on supporting constituent engagement and addressing systemic challenges, such as race, gender, and power inequities in the sector. These resources are aimed at organizational development experts, management support organizations, and internal and external consultants, but may be used by anyone who finds them useful. Browse this collection of over 100 resources designed to help you advance your social change goals. The Building Movement Project develops research, tools, training materials and opportunities for partnership that bolster nonprofit organizations’ ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve.
The DC Peace Team advance and sustain a culture of nonviolent peacemaking and resistance. They have resources related to peace and justice.
Essential Partners offers a vast resource library which centers around a number of different social justice issues including: active listening, nonviolent communication, political polarization, trauma-informed interventions, racial justice, and much more.
The Commons Library includes educational resources on campaign strategy, community organising, digital campaigning, communications and media, working effectively in groups, fundraising, diversity and inclusion and much more. Resources are available in a range of formats including videos, podcasts, manuals, case studies, articles, practical how-to guides, and training materials.
ConnexUs Resource Library, a space for knowledge sharing & collaboration, with crowdsourced publications on social impact in conflict-affected settings. Our library complements existing platforms, enriching learning opportunities & fostering connection among peacebuilding approaches & other sectors.
Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy (CJL) is a research-to-practice initiative committed to improving the effectiveness of anti-corruption programming in contexts of endemic corruption. Their resources are focussed on corruption, social norms and peacebuilding.
A portal with key resources for identifying misinformation and disinformation, especially around elections.
Global Grassroots Support Network (GGSN) is a community of practice that brings together projects and individuals supporting “grassroots justice-oriented”* activist groups in multiple regions and continents. The main objective is to share knowledge around common challenges that people providing support to activists face, and how each member has solved for them.
Innovators Hive is an online library and community space dedicated to driving innovations that strengthen local leadership in the peacebuilding and development sectors.
This library includes multilingual resources, including curricula, guidebooks, toolkits, case studies, and research reports on approaches and tactics relating to civil resistance and nonviolent action.
The Leading Change Network (LCN) Resource Center is a diverse, multilingual collection of community organizing resources based on the works of Marshall Ganz and include training plans and slides, case studies, example videos, visuals and charts, curated guides, and much more. Some of their resources are also available on the Commons Library.
MENTOR was created more than 30 years ago to expand opportunities for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement, serving as the expert and go-to resource on quality mentoring. Here is their collection of resources and publications including webinars, guides, and toolkits.
MobLab trains, coaches and challenges changemakers and their organisations to build people power, deploy creative tactics, tackle root causes and adopt collaborative cultures. Resources include frameworks, reports, toolkits and guides. These resources are also available on the Commons Library.
Narrative Initiative has a resource library for resources related to narrative change. It contains a curated collection of guides, worksheets, webinars and trainings offered as a resource for the field of narrative change practitioners.
The Tactical Mapping tool equips activists to collaboratively expand their understanding of relationships and develop strategic and effective action. By diagraming the relationship that surround human rights abuses we can see and interactive overview of where we are and the path towards change.
Narrative Peacebuilding Hub provides in-depth information and practical guidance including publications, videos, toolkits and more on how to enrich national narrative landscapes so as to diminish the influence of simplified, divisive stories. It is intended as a platform for practitioners, policy makers, donors and others working for peace to exchange knowledge and create new ideas and practices at the intersection of narrative and peacebuilding.
Narrative Initiative has a resource library for resources related to narrative change. It contains a curated collection of guides, worksheets, webinars and trainings offered as a resource for the field of narrative change practitioners. Narrative Initiatives trainings include: Using Social Media for Narrative Change, Using Narrative to Build Power, Tools and Techniques for Driving Your Narrative as well as a Spanish resources.
The resource center is made up of NVI Books, Educational Materials, Tactics, Training resources,Webinars, Treaty list by State, Alternative community security, Spanish Resources, Korean Resources and Shared resources for people and planet.
An informal, crowdsourced Excel sheet of training resources and tools for nonviolent direct action.
A shared collection of resources, trainings, and guides developed by civil society organizations to promote peace and patience during the 2020 U.S. elections.
A global network and crowdsourcing platform for researchers, educators, practitioners, policymakers, activists, and anyone interested in public participation and democratic innovations. The resources are generated and used by diverse networks of researchers, educators, practitioners, policymakers, and activists. Search by cases, methods, organizations, countries, and collections.
These resources provide in-depth research and analysis on local peacebuilding. The publications, toolkits, case studies and mapping are informed by the perspectives of local partners, networks and the Peace Direct team.
RadComms is the infrastructure that ties political opportunity to collective action for social justice communicators. The collective power-building resources in this directory have been cultivated from the RadComms network.
A resource section that provides a 90-minute workshop dives into the history of how corporate power is organized in the United States and contemporary cases of how growing corporate power has rolled back successful gains in democratic rights, environmental justice, migrant justice, and economic justice both in the U.S. and abroad. The workshop includes activities, videos, and case studies that will help participants assess corporate power in their own communities and build visions for public and collective power.
This learning hub contains lessons for each of the ten practices of revolutionary love. Each lesson includes definitions, goals, guided inquiry, reflection questions, and home practices.
The Syracuse University Press Series on Peace and Conflict Resolution publishes conceptually innovative, empirically grounded works focusing on peacebuilding, social justice, peace movements, and conflict analysis and management. We welcome clearly written, jargon free contributions from all disciplines and methodologies.
The Change Agency.org is a unique collection of more than 1,000 resources for activists and organizers including workshop resources, case studies and articles. Some of their resources are also available on the Commons Library.
The hubs explore research and storytelling to understand the most effective ways to build bridges between the creative world and the impact community. To also power those partnerships with science-backed storytelling strategies that will lead to long-lasting change on the issues that matter most.
A free and open library of training tools developed by Training for Change.
This library is meant to provide information and ideas for anyone seeking to promote peace, social justice and democracy. It contains materials either generated or recommended by TRUST Network Partner organizations and Members, plus links to Partner libraries, recordings of our public presentations, and our Dispatches. Our goal is to be trans-partisan, so you will find materials here that reflect a variety of views. By definition a resource collection is always a work in progress; TRUST Network Members are invited to submit materials to help us fill gaps and cover the breadth and depth of these rich topics.
The Co-Intelligence Institute has created a list of “patterns” which are features or design principles that they believe would show up in a democracy characterized by collective wisdom. This tool highlights dynamic factors and design principles which can make an activity, organization or community more wisely self-governing.
- List of Training Organisations from The Activist Handbook
A list of more than 50 organisations around the globe that can provide in real life and online trainings, workshops and facilitation to your activist group.
- Not for profit organisations_Non Government Organisations NGOs
- Social change - Directories
- Training - Directories