The RAINBOW framework draws on Amanda Tattersall’s extensive research and experience around building coalitions.
- R – Relationships
- A – Ask
- I – Involve
- N – Nurture
- B – Build
- O – Organise
- W – Win
Build relationships with community members and organizations outside of a crisis. Identify potential allies; get to know them.
Ask community organizations what their issues, interests and values are. Don’t assume they are the same as yours. Find common ground. Ask for their support.
Build transparent and democratic structures of decision-making. Build new leadership.
Coalition partners and the coalition itself must be nurtured and sustained. Educate members, consult with them, mobilize and activate them. Connect coalition partners with each other.
Build capacity among coalition members. Build alliances. Build and expand the base.
Know the difference between mobilizing and organizing.
Create the conditions for winning in the long term by building the power and capacity of the grassroots. Practice democracy.
- Power in Coalition: Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change by Amanda Tattersall
- Five Principles for Building Powerful Coalitions
- Book review of Amanda Tattersall’s Power in Coalition: Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change
- Coalition Building: Start Here
- Alliances_Allies_Coalitions_Partnerships - Non traditional