Building Power to Win – A Civic Engagement Manual for Organizers

Building Power to Win Organizers Manual

The TAKE 10 model of Civic Engagement (VR/GOTV) is an internationally acclaimed training program for non-partisan organizations, leaders, staff and volunteers. It focuses on issue-based organizing and how to keep volunteers motivated, engaged and active for the long-haul. Linda Stout’s four decades of experience with Spirit in Action and other groups guides organizers in a step-by-step way, providing trainings that develop your skills to build vision, power and a base of informed, low- and middle-income, multi-racial activists that will impact generation after generation of organizing.

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Construyendo Nuestro Poder Para Ganar: Manual de Participación Cívica para Organizadores

El modelo de TAKE 10 de Participación Cívica (VR/GOTV/Impulsar el voto) es un programa de capacitación con reconocimiento internacional para organizaciones, líderes, empleados y voluntarios no partidistas. Se centra en el trabajo organizativo basado en las problemáticas y cómo mantener involucrados a los voluntarios a largo plazo. Las cuatro décadas de experiencia de Linda Stout con Spirit in Action y otros grupos guían a los organizadores paso a paso, brindando capacitaciones que desarrollan sus habilidades para desarrollar visión, poder y una base de activistas multirraciales informados, de bajos y medianos ingresos que tendrán un impacto sobre varias generaciones que hacen trabajo organizativo.

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Take 10 Workbook

In 2021, we completed this 52-page TAKE 10 Workbook to use in conjunction with our trainings. The workbook highlights 11 exercises to deepen and strengthen a group’s civic engagement, issue-based work and leadership. The exercises are designed to help groups think more deeply about their organizing and how to build leadership with an engaged and committed group of volunteers.

In it, we share strategies for strengthening a group’s organizing work around issues that affect their community. From goals to messaging to avoiding burn-out, we discuss the challenges they face. Throughout our training and coaching process and now with this workbook, we support them to find leaders and volunteers so they can win on the issues they care about most.

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El libro de trabajo TAKE 10 El Libro de Trabajo TAKE 10

El libro de trabajo TAKE 10 está diseñado para ayudarle a pensar más profundamente y creativamente en su trabajo para justicia social. Ofrecemos once ejercicios detallados para fortalecer su trabajo organizativo y el liderazgo. Los ejercicios muestran cómo construir un grupo de voluntarios involucrados y compremetidos que puedan movilizarse en torno a problemas que afectan a su comunidad. Desde las metas hasta los mensajes y evitar el agotamiento, analizamos los desafíos a que los activistas se pueden enfrentar y discutimos cómo apoyarlos para ganar en los temas que más les importan.

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How Rural Organizing Can Build Power

Two weeks, 1,600 miles, 11 hotel stays, 13 organizations.

In June 2021, Bethsaida Ruiz (a Spirit in Action trainer and board member) and Linda Stout took a road trip to eastern North Carolina, meeting with folks who have been part of our TAKE 10 trainings whom we’d only seen on Zoom. Over the last year and a half, Blueprint NC, a partnership of organizations committed to building independent power for an anti-racist, inclusive democracy, had asked us to provide these groups with training and coaching in organizing and civic engagement. We were then asked to make a deep assessment of the region’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, using in-person interviews with their partners and stakeholders who had been part of TAKE 10.

Our assessment resulted in this final report, “How Rural Organizing Can Build Power.” The report contains many important recommendations that, we hope, will improve our state’s ability to engage with and support rural organizing in eastern North Carolina and serve as a model for other states.

This was a journey of discovery for Spirit in Action as well as Blueprint NC. We hope it will be as inspiring for you as it was for us.  Download and read the entire report here.


Collective VisioningCollective Visioning Exercises – Updated for On-line Use

From Linda Stout’s 2011 book Collective Visioning, How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future comes six exercises you may use for your online visioning work.  Updated for use in an on-line environment and available free to use for your work in creating a just and sustainable world.  Click here for the exercises.

Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future by Linda Stout

This book features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members. To purchase a copy of Collective Visioning please visit here.

Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons For Grassroots Organizing by Linda Stout

A practical and inspirational guide to overcoming barriers of class and race, Bridging the Class Divide tells the inspiring story of Linda Stout’s life as the daughter of a tenant farmer, as a self-taught activist, and as a leader in the progressive movement. It also gives practical lessons on how to build real working relationships between people of different income levels, races, and genders. To purchase a copy of Bridging the Class Divide please visit here.

Spirit in Action’s Guide to Working in Diverse Groups

This small yet powerful tool is a guide to holding and nurturing the spaces that generate movement in us and those around us. Please use this as a reflection tool or as a basis for instruction in your organizing and movement building work.  To get a free copy of our Guide to Working in Diverse Groups please download here.

Guía Para Trabajar en Grupose Diversos de Spirit in Action

Esta pequeña pero poderosa herramienta es una guía para sostener y nutrir los espacios que generan movimiento en nosotros y en quienes nos rodean. Utilice esto como una herramienta de reflexión o como base para la instrucción en su trabajo de organización y construcción de movimientos. Para obtener una copia gratuita de nuestra Guía para trabajar en grupos diversos, descárguela aquí.

Occupy the Present, Change the Future: A Collective Visioning Guide

We invite all people who are dedicated to social transformation to join us in a process of Collective Visioning.  This process involves intentionally bringing people together across social divides and generating a positive vision that is long-term, expansive and solutions-driven. Our process is outlined below and detailed in our downloadable Collective Visioning Guide.  We encourage folks to meet in diverse, small groups (ideally 20-40 participants) and spend at least three hours moving through the process together. To get a free copy of our Collective Visioning Guide please download here.

Spirit in Action’s Facilitating Circles of Change Curriculum Guide

The collective wisdom gathered from the Circles of Change formed the foundation for the Spirit in Action Facilitating Circles of Change Curriculum Guide, published in 2005. The four main sections of the Circles of Change curriculum guide embodied the understanding of the core strategies for building a broad-based movement that achieves transformational social change.  These core strategies continue to evolve from the insights and understandings of those who are using them.  Please download the guide here.

Spirit in Action Publications

As of 31 July 2023, all Spirit in Action publications on this website are free to download and use by the public as long as proper credit and acknowledgement of source is made in that use.  Further, as of 31 July 2033, all Spirit in Action publications are placed in the Public Domain.  This action does not extend to Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons For Grassroots Organizing by Linda Stout or Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future by Linda Stout.  Approved by the Spirit in Action Board of Directors on 28 June 2023.

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