Manuals & Handbooks for Activists & Organizers

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Connexions Library

The Activists' Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy
Ricketts, Aidan
Book
2012
A guide to grassroots activism.
Ah-Hah!: A New Approach to Popular Education
Book
1983
AH-HAH seminars are designed to organize groups of comman interests, especially workers, to come to a common understanding.
Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Beating Back the Corporate Attack: Socialism and the struggle for global justice
Clement, Chris; La Botz, Dan; Luce, Stephanie; Post, Charlie
Book
2000
Our movement is calling for a new direction -- for democratic control of our political life, and for democratic control over the most important aspects of the economy. Why should handful of the super-...
Build It Now: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century
Lebowitz, Michael
Book
2006
Influenced by the dramatic proeesses unfolding in Venezuela, Lebowitz re-imagines a socialism for the twenty-first century that places workers and popular communities at the centre of the project.
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Thompson, Gabriel
Book
2007
Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy through grassroots organizing.
Changing The Cogs: Activists and the Politics of Technology
Martin, Brian
Book
1979
What are the best ways to achieve beneficial change in society? Will widespread use of solar energy and other renewable energy sources bring about a good society? What technologies will be promoted by...
Children and Peacemaking
Acker, Ruth et al
Book
1992
A guide for parents and teachers interested in cultivating a peacemaking approach in children. Provides references to resources for children, parents and teachers to help develop a constructive attitu...
Choices: A Family Global Action Handbook
McConkey, David
Book
1987
Choices is aimed particularly at parents who want to instil social awareness in their children, and who are looking for ideas, activities, and ways of initiating discussion.
Community Workshops for the Environment: An Organizer's Manual
Book
1989
A guide to organizing ecology workshops.
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Critical Paths: Organizing on health Issues in the community
Keck, Jennifer; Dauphinais, Denriette; Lewko, John
Book
1989
The Earthscan Action Handbook
Litvinoff, Miles
Book
1990
A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
Ecodefence: Disrupting Illegal Activities
Article
1985
What to do when you witness environmental crimes.
Educating for a Change
Arnold, Rick, Burke, Bev, James, Carl, Martin, D'Arcy, Thomas, Barb
Book
1991
For the authors of Ecuating for a Change, genuine democracy does not happen solely through our political and educational work. Democratic processes and practices are essential elements in achieving a ...
Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams
Kuyek, Joan Newman
Book
1990
Detailed information and advice on how to organize a group for social change.
Global Thoughts, Local Actions
McConkey, David
Book
1984
A wealth of information for those seeking ways to link global problems to everyday life.
Grassroots media relations
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2010
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
The Householder's Guide to Community Defence Against Bureaucratic Aggression - Review: A report on Britain's Government Machine
Diemer, Ulli
Book
1972
Organizational tactics communities can use to fight projects or developments being foisted on them.
How People Get Power: Organizing Oppressed Communities for Action
Kahn, Si
Book
1970
A book about community organizing, written for organizers.
How to Save the World: Strategy for World Conservation
Allen, Robert
Book
1980
"How To Save The World" discusses, "Why the world needs saving now and how it can be done". Allen breaks his work down into seven chapters, devoting each to an important aspect of the global predicame...
In Our Backyard: A Greater Vancouver Environmental Guide...
Trendell-Whittaker, Peggy
Book
1992
In Our Backyard focuses on environmental problems that apply directly to Greater Vancouver. With detials on local garbage and recylcing facilities, water and energy consumption, sewage disposal, air q...
Managing Wastes: A Guide to Citizens' Involvement
Jackson, John, Wallace, Barbara
Book
1985
Second editon of booklet first published in 1984, outling how citizens can involve themselves in decision-making about waste management. ...
Manual for Amnesty International, Canadian Section Members & Groups
Article
1977
The Canadian appendix of the Amnesty International manual.
A Manual for Group Facilitators
Auvine, Brian; Densmore, Betsy; Extrom, Mary; Poole, Scott; Shanklin, Michel
Book
A Manual for Tenant Organizers
Bylsma, Klass
Article
1977
This manual examines the problems of evictions, rent increases, reduction of services and lack of repairs encountered by Montrealers and provides information on possible recourses and action.
A Manual on Nonviolence and Children
Judson, Stephanie; Paul, Paula J.
Book
1977
The authors felt that an important way of building a peaceful world would be to develop a program for young children. It would help children and their caregivers develop non-violent attitudes and skil...
Media Names & Numbers: Your Connection to the Media
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
A comprehensive directory of the Canadian news media, including television and radio stations and programs, daily, weekly, ethnic and campus newspapers, consumer and trade magazines, and academic jour...
Money isn't Everything: A Survival Manual for Non-Profit Organizations
Fisher, John
Book
1977
Addresses the problems affecting non-profit groups today, providing examples and practical solutions.
Naming the Moment: Political Analysis for Action: A Manual for Community Groups
Barndt, Deborah, Freire, Carolos
Book
1989
A given moment - this moment - is unlike any other moment in time. Howe can we understand what it offers so that we can make the best use of it? How have people used moments in the past to push toward...
A New Weave: Popular Education in Canada and Central America
Arnold, Rick; Barndt, Deborah; Burke, Bev
Book
1986
A resource for educators working for social change in community groups, trade unions, churches, the peace movement, women's groups, international development organizations, Central America and other s...
A New Weave: Popular Education in Canada and Central America
Arnold, Rick; Barndt, Deborah; Burke, Bev
Book
1986
A resource for educators working for social change in community groups, trade unions, churches, the peace movement, women's groups, international development organizations, Central American and other ...
Organising at work - the basics: A basic introduction on why we should organise at work, and a few tips on how to get started.
Article
2006
Almost everyone in this society is underpaid and over-worked. Many temps, contract and casual workers have very few rights, and permanent workers are still always under the threat of redundancy. Many ...
The Organizer's Manual
O.M. Collective
Book
1971
Practical suggestions for small-group and grassroots organizing, political self-e4ducation, mass education and communications, alternate community services, mass actions, legal and medical self-defens...
Peacemaking in Your Neighbourhood: Reflections on an Experiment in Community Mediation
Beer, Jennifer E.
Book
1986
Describes ten years of work of the Community Dispute Settlement Program, an innovative program in a suburban area near Philadelphia, founded by the Society of Friends (Quakers). The program set out to...
Pragmatics Of Community Organization - First Edition
Lee, Bill
Book
1986
Information on how to plan action, how to organize meetings, how to train participants for action, how to negotiate, and how to end a particular exercise in community organization.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
Book
1977
A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to tra...
Reveille for Radicals
Alinksy, Saul D.
Book
1946
Alinksy connects his theoretical notions on radicalism to practical movements and events.
Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
Alinsky, Saul
Book
1971
Alinsky's Rules for Radicals provides perspectives, principles and lessons for realistic radical organizers.
Starting a Worker Co-operative: An Introduction
Quarter, Jack (co-ordinator and editor)
Book
1985
A Troublemaker's Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work -- And Win!
La Botz, Dan
Book
1991
An organizing manual for workers dealing with both major issues and everyday problems in the workplace.
A Troublemaker's Handbook 2
Slaughter, Jane (ed.)
Book
A manual for workers who want to take control over their lives at work. In hundreds of first-person accounts, workers tell in their own words how they organized and struggled to do that.
Working Collectively
Women's Self-Help Network for Change
Book
1984
A handbook for people wishing to form collectives, or established collectives seeking solutions to problems such as power imbalances, conflict meditation, and setting priorities.
Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools
Wollman, Neil (ed.)
Book
1985
A survey of the attitudes and tools that can be used in working for peace.

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Expose Yourself!
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
2006
A booklet about effective media relations, providing practical advice about getting media coverage and relating to the media.