A rich part of SEAC’s history consists of the resources we provide for individuals and other groups to help coordinate and plan campaigns for the improvement of their communities. This was primarily done through the release of Organizing Guides, and Thresholds. With the internet now an essential component of today’s society, many of these resources can now be distributed electronically.
As always if you want to contribute additional ideas and suggestions to how groups and individuals can collaborate together, please feel free to share them!
SEAC’s organizing guide encompasses the organization’s history of activism, including the tools it uses to structure its groups, meetings, successful campaigns and analysis for diagnosing local problems.
To download the organizing guide: SEAC Organizing Guide
How to structure meetings
Meetings are how groups reach consensus and move forward in implementing their vision. The process and structure have a direct affect on how the group’s goals are implemented. If we want to live in a free and open society, our interactions with each other and in group settings must exhibit those principles. For example, the consensus model requires members to believe in a common humanity and an ability to decide together. Underlying this is a goal of “unity, not unanimity.” Group members are encouraged to speak only once until others are heard to encourage a diversity of thought, while dissenters perspectives must be respected.
Launching a campaign
A good campaign must be based on a coherent idea of what is going to be achieved and a plan of how to achieve it. For a campaign to succeed, there must be set goals, an examination of how those goals will impact your organization, how your constituents and allies will support those goals, knowledge of the opponents or targets, tactics to achieve your goals, and timelines for when you will achieve your goals. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Luckily there are many tools available for free to help guide us through the process of strategically planning campaigns.
Upon identifying a problem in your community, and getting people together to do something about it, the plan inevitably requires others to join your cause. This PDF outlines some suggestions in how you can do this in a variety of environment and circumstances.
Picking an issue: from service projects to issue campaigns
Have you felt that your group was doing a lot of activities but not getting anything done? Have you started to wonder if another Earth Day is really worth it? Are you frustrated with the declining attendance at your meetings? Do you feel like you are not making a difference on the issues that really count? Your problem may be that your group needs a new approach to environmental activism