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This is a collaborative resource. Created by activists, for activists. We are discussing the basics of organizing loose groups of people - networks.

We encourage you to:

  • Read the current conversations
  • Create an account
  • Contribute your suggestions
  • Use this material in your work.

Everything on here has been created by people like you. Thanks for helping us make this great.

Our Goal for the Wiki

We are mapping out a new version of advocacy, inspired by the tremendous culture changes shifting the landscape for social organizers. The way we think about organizing must be updated to fit this new culture. Organizing the same old way just doesn't seem to work the way it used to.

We are more connected than ever before. We communicate, travel and share at new speeds.

We are more fractured. We don't join things the way we used to. We 'opt out' of public appeals, yet we 'opt in' to personal interests.

As a result, we have new opportunities to affect change in meaningful ways. In part, these opportunities are made available through the power of the internet.

Read more about how advocacy is changing.

The Story of this wiki: how, why, process, challenges, etc.

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Using the Wiki

Following is a brief tour of the site. Please see the Help page for tips on editing and contributing.

The main conversations are listed on the left. They include:

General conversations:

The building blocks of healthy networks:

  • Social Ties: how to build community. One of the essential building blocks of healthy networks.
  • Finding your common story: knowing the motivations of network members
  • Vision: using the power of your common view of the world
  • Shared resources: network members must know, offer and share experiences and talents
  • Network communications: building strong conversations within your network
  • Leaders: knowing and building leaders within your community
  • Members: understanding what's expected of network members
  • Gathering feedback: essential for network health and growth.


Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself. - Alexander Graham Bell

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