Blueprints for Change how-to guides are put together by campaign innovators in order to help progressive organizers and groups up their game more quickly. The “blueprints” capture, communicate and inform innovative campaigning strategies and tactics. You can download BfC’s guides as pdfs from the Commons (see the box at the bottom of the page) or view the evolving Google docs.
Distributed organizing (as opposed to community organizing or traditional political organizing) activates a network of self-starting supporters/campaigners in multiple locations, which can spread across geographical boundaries, interests and cultural groups. It draws on the initiative and energy of volunteer organizers to start groups and lead teams with varying degrees of autonomy. Though more horizontal when compared to traditional “command and control” leadership, distributed organizing often relies on a central coordination group to launch the network and to drive it towards common goals and milestones. When done properly, it can help a movement or campaign scale rapidly and channel huge amounts of collective power.
Blueprints for Change provide their guides in Google Doc format to be able to update their blueprints with the latest information. See the latest version.
- Disclaimer / request for your help 2
- Summary 2
- Who’s doing it? 2
- Impact/ Why do this? 3
- When this might not work for you 5
- What this requires (people, resources, etc.) 6
- Setup + stages 8
- Tricky parts + fixes 14
- Further resources 17
- Who can help with this? 18
- Attribution 18