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Debriefing

A protest on the grass. There are blow up Kiwi birds scattered across the lawn and a large banner in the background with text "Kiwi Not Coal, Save Happy Valley, savehappyvalley.org.nz".

What to do when we ‘Lose’

Some important lessons on dealing with loss from a recent generation-defining struggle in New Zealand: the Save Happy Valley Campaign.

A group of friends stand with arms around each other looking out across a valley.

Running Effective Campaign Debriefs

Every campaign is a learning opportunity. Make the most of this by planning for the post-campaign period and setting up debriefs. Here are some tips for campaigners and facilitators.

A group of friends stand with arms around each other looking out across a valley.

Activist Support and Debriefing

Activists need to individually and collectively deal with feelings such as loss, grief, frustration, anger and despair. We can set up our groups to provide support to each other including emotional support, support for action, and educational support.

A form with a table with two columns and 5 rows titled 'Reviewing the Activist Year (Make a copy of this sheet and fill it in)'.

Reviewing your Activist Year

Why not take some time out to reflect on the year that was, before jumping in to plans for the next? Different approaches to reflection are explored including journalling, art and ritual. Plus there’s a handy worksheet which you can use (at any time of the year).

A jubilant group of people pose behind a large banner reading 'We won'. They are at the beach with sky and ocean in the background.

Celebration is an Activist Skill

Activists are often so focused on problems – it’s important to take in wins, whether big or small, to sustain us through the struggle. This article includes reminders of what we can celebrate, how, and why it is so important.

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