Do you strive to build solidarity and break down knowledge hierarchies when you bring people together? We need you!
- developing strategies with advocates and activists to attain a more just and equitable society?
- working within civil society organisations/non-profits/charities to cocreate transparent, accountable, and fair processes?
- building a network of practice so practitioners might learn from each other and not reinvent the wheel?
- facilitating a workshop, meeting, event or process, and you need the ability to empower a group to work together?
This playbook will help you build your facilitation skills by providing exercises you can do with groups and teams. It will also provide you with methodologies and processes for convening effectively.
We call this a ‘playbook‘ as it supports teams and groups working and learning from each other. It will support social learning rather than individual learning. There will be guidance for individuals on how to facilitate, engage and serve the needs of the collective.
Join our first contributor session on Feb 1st at 4pm UTC to get involved
Why collective power?
When we say “collective power”, we refer to ways individuals attain goals or outcomes through combined efforts. There are several reasons why collective power is effective: strength in numbers, inclusion of diverse perspectives, providing mutual support and building community. Collective power is most effective for individuals to unite and impact societal structures. By working together, we can achieve more and benefit more than alone. Collective power means shared ownership of outcomes, lessening the likelihood of failure and benefit for many rather than the few. Most systems we currently work within prefer the individual over the collective.
We see facilitation as an essential skill for anyone who sees themselves building collective power.
Two significant resources are guiding us in this process.
- The Lifecycle of a Network-Centric Resource was developed with invaluable contributions from various resource developers.
- How to Create a (Data) Playbook is the methodology that Heather Leson, Melissa El Hamouch, and Dirk Slater (FabRiders) used to cocreate a data literacy resource for and with the Red Cross/Red Crescent humanitarian network.
We’re talking to colleagues about how a Collective Power Playbook might be helpful to them and their work. We are interested in learning more about who you are working with and how they build power. What outcomes are you hoping to achieve with them?
We’ve got starter content from FabRiders’ FabToolkit, where we’ve been publishing curriculum developed through our facilitation work with advocates, activists, charities and non-profits for the last decade. Along with the existing social learning exercises we have in the FabToolkit, we will also be collecting other and developing new resources that can support individuals in learning how to work with/facilitate groups in ways that empower them.
The Collective Power Playbook will always be a work in progress. We want to use the development of the playbook to convene, learn and engage.