If you need to defend your community, you’re going to need to understand who you need to influence and what skills and leverage will help influence them. We’re hoping to post more materials on this web page, but in the meantime here are some resources to get you started.
Understanding community organizing
- Revenge of the Beaver – Community organizer Matt Price explains his thoughts on what works in community organizing
- Engagement Organizing: The Culture and Technology of Building Power – a more in-depth discussion of engagement organizing by Matt Price and Jon Stahl
- Engagement Organizing Presentation – powerpoint slides from a Sustainability Network webinar
- Organizing: People, Power, Change – a manual adapted by BC organizations from the work of Dr. Marshall Ganz
- The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever – a practical handbook by Green Memes (requires dropbox account)
- Seeing is Believing: A Visual Storytelling Guide – a best practices manual by Resource Media with research and tools
- Social Media Quick Start guide – if you are new to using social media, this short guide by Resource Media will be very helpful
- How to Make Facebook Work for You – a short primer on Facebook strategies by Visual Story Lab
- 9 Ways to Grow Your Supporter List Using Online Advocacy and Introduction to Growing Your List webinar from Salsa Labs
- You’ve Got Their Email, Now What? – a webinar hosted by Change.org on growing your email list and engaging your supporters
Understanding the law
- BC Guide to Watershed Law and Planning – A guide to Canadian and BC laws that impact watershed and environmental protection. As a wiki, not all material is necessarily current, but this may be a good starting point to understand what laws can help you defend BC.
- Legal help – West Coast Environmental Law Association provides legal help to British Columbians looking to defend their communities and environment.