PSN Resource Bank

Downloadable Resources

Welcome! This collection of organizing trainings, manuals, worksheets, and more is a labor of love put together by Power Shift Network members and allies.

PSN recognizes that young organizers, communities of color, low-income communities, and those most directly impacted by climate crisis need a baseline of theory and skills as a foundation for our justice movements. While capitalism perpetually suggests that competition is key, we know that to thrive, we must collaborate, pool our resources, and decentralize access to learning. So save your limited time and energy by uplifting the great work of your fellow leaders and utilizing their wonderful resources.

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  • Community Defense

    A Troublemakers’ Guide: Principles for Racial Justice Activists In the Face of State Repression

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This guide includes principles of anti-racist movement security, defending, building and supporting movements. This is a living document written primarily for white activists and majority-white organizations to speak to the ways that white supremacy in movements interacts with white supremacy of the state.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Building Momentum: How to Activate Supporters Ahead of Your Next Election

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    The aim of this guide is to give you actionable steps to activate your network. Here, we take you through key learnings from campaigners around the world:  1- Who are your supporters? 2- Connecting with your supporters 3- What motivates them?  4- Interest mapping 5- Making it fun, and more! 

  • Community Engagement

    BxTC Community Engagement Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Tools & tactics to engagement community members in community bodies such as coalitions & youth leaderhsip teams.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Campaign Strategy

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A guide on Campaign Strategy terms and frameworks, with a focus on fossil fuel divestment. This resources covers definition of a campaign, spectrum of support, act-absorb-train, power mapping, and SMART goals.

  • Mentorship

    Co-Metorship Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This free tool kit supports shared learning for both members of a mentorship pair. It provides a progression of activities that pairs can use to self-facilitate meaningful conversation related to personal and professional growth. 

  • Community Defense

    Community Defense Zone Starter Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Guide to starting Community Defense Zone campaigns includes tools, examples and templates. The guide is geared towards creating community-based sanctuary, countering criminalization, and changing policies at local and state levels.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Conducting Interviews

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    An overview of an interview project. It focuses on participatory research; research done for and by individuals in the community. Interviews by community members allow us to document what is going on in our community, learn more about ourselves and give voice to individuals who are often denied presence and visibility in our society.

  • Community Defense

    Deportation Defense Manual

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Make the Road New York created this website and bilingual (English and Spanish) guide to help support immigrant communities targeted by the Trump administration. Note: The guide is written for New York City so some information may not apply elsewhere. Make the Road offers detailed trainings on the content in this manual.

  • AntiOpression

    Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Hiring Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Guide to mitigate racial, gender, and other hidden biases in recruiting and hiring processes within your institution/group. Touches on job posting, resume screening process, and conducting interviews.

  • Event Planning

    Events for Organizing

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource provides best practices for recruiting for and running successful events as well as tabling sessions.

  • Fundraising

    Grassroots Fundraising Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource provides some best practices for campaign fundraising on campus.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Guide to Power Mapping

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource helps you think through who has power on your campus and who the primary and secondary targets of your campaign are.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    How to Table

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A short guide on best practices and tips for tabling and how to develop a tabling rap, particularly on college campuses.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Intro to Research Justice Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Intended for community organizers to apply tools and concepts of Research Justice to organizing. This toolkit encourages marginalized communities to recognize their own expertise and to develop their own analysis of the issues that impact them. We hope readers use this toolkit to spark their own conversations about community-driven research strategies. In each section we have included sample workshops from our Research Justice Training Program as suggested guides for these discussions.

  • Community Defense

    Know Your Rights to Defend Your Rights

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Bilingual (English and Spanish) Know Your Rights information and materials for police & ICE encounters.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Good community organizing involves leadership development. This resource discusses valuable leadership styles and skills necessary for a successful campaign.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development Best Practices

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A resource on leadership development, covering principles, guidelines, and tools/tips of leadership development. This resource covers ladder of engagement, how it relates to the Act-Absorb-Train Cycle, one-to-ones and propositions, and mentorship.

  • AntiOpression

    Making Accessible Events

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Accessibility checklist with feedback from disability rights advocates

  • AntiOpression

    Me & White Supremacy

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    "Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy."

  • Narrative Building

    Media & Messaging Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    What do you say when people say -- at a meeting, an event, tabling, etc -- "What are you doing?" What is the story out there in the world about your organization & your campaign? Use this guide to craft thoughtful, powerful messages about your efforts and maximize your media presence!

  • Facilitation and Running a Good Meeting

    Meeting Arc and Facilitation

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A guideline on "The Meeting Arc", a framework for effective meeting facilitation.

  • Facilitation and Running a Good Meeting

    Meetings for Organizing

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource provides tips on how to facilitate successful and meaningful group and one-to-one meetings.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    One-to-Ones

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A 2-page handout on what one-to-one meetings are and how to conduct them. Made by Alyssa Lee at Better Future Project.

  • Narrative Building

    Our Voices, Our Land: A Guide to Community-based Strategies for Mapping Indigenous Stories

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A toolkit that assists native and tribal communities in using storytelling and mapping for cultural preservation. Many native and tribal communities across the US constantly struggle to protect their land, cultural resources, and sacred sites against development and resource ex­traction. Our Voices, Our Land features guides on how to gather stories and combine them with digitally mapped locations of community assets. It details research planning processes, how to conduct interviews, and how to create maps using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS).

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Planning a Rally

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A short resource on how to plan a campus rally, including roles that need to be covered and a few guidelines on speaker line-up. 

  • Zero Waste

    Plastic-Free Campuses Manual

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Compilation of best-practices from campuses around the country who are refusing single-use disposable plastics, including: how to assess where plastic is coming from on your campus, stakeholders to engage with to make change, tangible alternatives to single-use disposable plastics, and actionable next steps.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    Power To Our People Participatory Research Kit: Creating Surveys

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A participatory research toolkit on how to do community surveys to support social justice campaigns. It includes information on all stages of the survey process—from deciding to do a survey to analyzing the information you gather.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Recruitment Ideas

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A short resource on ideas for campus recruitment.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Research Actions

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource shares some best practices for meeting and speaking with potential campaign allies.

  • AntiOpression

    Rethinking ‘Thanksgiving’ Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    The toolkit is geared for white folks to learn a more truthful history of Thanksgiving, and to connect to and support Indigenous organizing today.

  • Zero Waste

    Reusable To-Go Guide

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Step by step logistics to setting up a Reusable To-Go Container Program on campus. Determine important stakeholders, projected budget, cost savings arguments, how to distribute and collect containers, and engaging general student body. 

  • Coalition Building

    Running a Successful Coalition

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Running a successful campaign means building a coalition. This resource helps you think through potential allies in your campus community.

  • Social Movements

    Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Ourselves

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Activities that facilitate relationship building through storytelling, recognizing commonalities and differences among participants., placing them in the context of historical systemic oppression and resistance.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Sierra Club - Movement Organizing Manual 2016

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    "This manual is designed to aid your work as an organizer: building campaigns that enlist grassroots power to achieve outcomes that improve the world. Our objective is to lay out key ideas and practices that, in our experience, result in campaigns that succeed. This includes fundamentals of building relationships, analyzing power, and writing campaign plans. We also dig into some detail on topics such as how to enter a community, enlisting volunteers and cultivating their leadership skills, connecting your campaign to a larger movement, and how to learn from success and failure to improve your skills and campaigns. "

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Spectrum of Allies

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Check out this resource to help you understand who the allies and opponents of your campaign are and strategies for engaging with each group of people.

  • Narrative Building

    Story-Based Strategy 101

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Story-based strategy tools allow change makers working alone or facilitating large groups to develop effective strategies to create a world where the goals and futures we imagine are possible or inevitable. The tools are facilitated, participatory activities that help amplify frontline community expertise on critical issues. 

  • Narrative Building

    Storytelling for Organizing

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Effective storytelling is a key skill for successful leadership. This resource walks you through structuring and developing your story.

  • Campaign Development

    Strategic Campaign Planning

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resources provides some best practices for getting a Commitment campaign started on your campus.

  • Climate Change Communications

    Strategies for Effective Engagement

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    Guide to communicating with decision makers, building coalitions, project management and smart goal development to be able to make a difference in your own community.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    Summer Projects for Campaigns

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A list of ideas of projects that college campaigns can do during summer and other extended breaks.

  • Research Justice/Participatory Action Research

    The Campaign Research Toolkit

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    A how-to guide for grassroots organizations conducting community-driven campaign research. It’s the product of over ten years of experience working with grassroots organizations to develop strategic and effective campaigns for change. The toolkit contains user-friendly activities, worksheets, and case-study discussions that demystify the process of campaign research for organizations and their membership.

  • Organizing & Mobilizing

    The Organizing Cycle

    Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook

    This resource summarizes the cycle of steps necessary to organize a campus campaign.