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Cost: $120 for staffed nonprofits and $80 for all-volunteer NGOs.
Dates: November 3, 10, 17, 24 December 1, 8, 2022
Campaign Planning for ENGOs is for staff and volunteers of environmental NGOs and grassroots groups who want to grow their capacity to plan effective grassroots campaigns to protect the environment.
Over six participatory sessions, participants will learn about the elements essential to plan, run, and sustain effective campaigns.
Each session includes participatory exercises participants can use when planning a campaign. The course will also include case examples, links to resources, planning tools, and summary documents for each module. Various campaign tools and templates will be shared. Participants should plan on approximately 1-2 hours of homework per week. We'll organize an extra (bonus) consultation session for those who complete a draft campaign plan and want to share with the group for discussion. All sessions will run for two hours and be facilitated by Mike Balkwill of Water Watchers.
1. Identifying & Analyzing Issues: In this introductory session, participants will review the training agenda, create individualized goals for the course, and select the “problem” or the issue to use as a grounded example for campaign planning. This session will also cover some analytical and theoretical frameworks that set context for the rest of the course.
2. Assessing the Terrain: This session will consider the critical questions needed to understand the “terrain” surrounding your issue, as well as identify the foundational information needed to develop a clear picture of the internal & external forces at play in your community and organization.
3. Developing a Theory of Change: Change can be accomplished in many ways, but there are also systemic power dynamics that impact the effectiveness of different change-making approaches. In this session, we’ll explore these power dynamics & the adjoining powerholders to clarify your organization’s theory of change and how it informs your approach to pursuing change.
4. Taking Action: What action does your organization ask people to take and how does it relate to all we’ve learned about your issues, terrain and theory of change? In this session, we’ll dive into designing effective tactics, engaging community members, and determining your campaign timeline.
5. Telling Your Story: Humans are hard-wired to understand the world through stories & use stories as tools to assess & make meaning. The stories we tell about our issues matter deeply, so in this session we’ll cover framing, messaging, and the role of art in activism to develop effective campaign communication strategies.
Developing robust internal stories rooted in organizational values
6. Working Together: No one does environmental work in a vacuum, which means we all must navigate group dynamics with our coworkers, and supporters. In this session, we’ll cover some different frameworks on group dynamics such as leadership styles & decision-making approaches to empower you with some of the knowledge & tools needed to navigate working together during a campaign.
7. BONUS SESSION!
There will be a bonus consultation session for those who complete a draft campaign plan and want to share it with the group for discussion and feedback. Details TBD.
Session include participatory exercises, case examples, links to resources, planning tools, and summary documents that participants can use when planning a campaign. Various campaign tools and templates will be shared. All sessions are two hours and facilitated by Mike Balkwill and Dani Lindamood of Water Watchers.