COMMUNITY ORGANIZING:

Theories, Tools and Techniques

Transforming Communities Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center, operated by the Center for Domestic Peace in San Rafael, California, works to strengthen the collective efforts of advocates, organizations, policy makers and funders to build strong social movements and sustainable, community-driven initiatives. NYSCADV recommends two of their community organizing tools:

  • The Transforming Communities (TC) Organizing Kit is a great tool to use with domestic violence or sexual assault staff in their quest to plan and carry out community mobilization campaigns. Features of the Kit include the TC Case Statement, a sound framework for preventing violence against women, as well as five practical sections of tips and tools for organizing.
  • Multicultural Alliance Building is a beneficial tool to use when forming and working in culturally diverse endeavors. This publication examines the benefits and the difficulties of creating multicultural partnerships. It also provides practical steps designed to assist in the creation of effective alliances.

Training for Change has been increasing capacity around the world for activist training since 1992. Their training helps groups stand up more effectively for justice, peace and the environment. They specialize in training trainers to create a ripple effect in quality activist training.

The Change Agency is an independent social movement education initiative that works with community organizers and activists in the Australia Pacific region to help people win social and environmental change. Many resources can be found on their page.

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. The People’s Institute, through training, technical assistance and consultations helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.