In the progressive, radical and activist communities there is a lot of knowledge and experience, and within certain circles it’s shared very well. I realised I haven’t seen a thorough collation of all the available free materials to help people develop their skills however.

This is an attempt to pull together some of the best progressive training resources. The idea is not to link to individual PDFs, but to resources sites that offer free materials for campaigners, radicals and activists.

  • Global Change Lab (ActionAid). A training and skills based site with a community element, linked to the Global Platform training spaces.
  • Mobilisation Lab (Greenpeace). This group have done a lot of research and regularly collaborate with organisations from across the activist world, and this website is a hive of fantastic information and collated knowledge on people powered campaigning. In particular, check out their new ‘Cookbook‘.
  • Destructibles. A site with ideas to help with creative protest and dissent.
  • Actipedia. A wiki for creative protest actions.
  • Engaging Activists Facebook community. This is a space for activists to share experiences, tips and generally learn from on another.
  • World Institute for Social Change (ZNet). This is a fantastic set of courses from the team that brought you ZNet.
  • Citizen’s Handbook. A huge resource on community organising with a lot of tips and guidance to help with organising activities and engaging people.
  • Community Toolbox. A set of resources for community-based organising.
  • Campaign Strategy. This is Chris Rose’s website that provides online materials that support his How To Win Campaigns book.
  • Tactical Tech. On the digital end of the activism spectrum, and their site includes comprehensive and detailed guides and toolkits on subjects from digital security to compelling use of visual materials for your campaigning.
  • PrivacyTools.io. Some quality resources here on security and privacy.
  • An online privacy guide on Wizcase. This appears to be a robust set of recommendations that certainly apply to activists.
  • Center for Story-based Strategy. CSS have a variety of worksheets available for download on their site, mostly for factilitating sessions, as well as some face-to-face advanced trainings in the US.
  • DIY Toolkit. There are some really well put together resources here for developing activists and planning social innovations.
  • The Change Agency. Toolkits for activists with many workshop resources and guides, structured around the logical progression of developing a campaign. (via @SamHuggard)
  • Training for Change (US). Covering a broad cross-section of progressive skills, these resources cover organising, facilitation, team building, anti-oppression training, non-violent actions and interventions. Some of their resources are also available in Spanish. (via @SamHuggard)
  • Campus Activism. Sadly not very up to date anymore, but a good archive of resources are available here contributed from a multitude of different organisations.
  • 350.org. Some great materials for facilitation, workshops and strategy/organising approaches.

The not strictly training or not free, but still really useful links:

  • Action Switchboard (YesLab). This is a platform that gives space for people to collaborate on creative activism, and is like a radical kickstarter where people contribute skills or money. It does also include a ‘cookbook’ to help you through the process though, which counts as training…
  • Beautiful Trouble. This is a brilliant resource for anyone wanting to learn or simply get more inspiration for actions or protests. Buy the book as it’s as good as any training, and they also have case studies on the site.
  • Beautiful Rising. This collaborative project is building on the success of Beautiful Trouble and making it all more relevant in the majority world context. The project has a community of activists primarily from the Global South, and will be collating helpful resources for activists.
  • Campaign Bootcamp. If you’re new(ish) to the campaigning game, Campaign Bootcamp’s are a great way to learn the skills needed to be effective. This is training, but it’s not free, hence not in the section above.
  • Seeds For Change. This is a group of trainers who will come and deliver high quality trainings for activists and campaigners. The link is to their resources section which provides some free guidelines.
  • Midwest Academy. With 40 years of experience training organisers, this academy offers courses recommended by @SamHuggard.