Indivisible partnered with ListeningWorks, a project from Boston-based organization Youth on Board, to offer a webinar that allows you to strengthen your organization, build bridges between divided communities, and build a shared vision of unity.
By the end of this 90 minute training, you will have tools to listen across differences, develop greater empathy and understanding, and do deep canvassing in your community. Read More
2018 is here! Learn more about our Indivisible 435 program and how we're going to win elections across the country. Read More
Relationships are what make a movement move. Indivisible regional organizers share tips on how to build relationships and hold effective 1-on-1 meetings with supporters -- meetings that can open the door to making them into powerful new leaders in your group! All it takes is knowing how to ask. Read More
Build better teams → get more done → build more power. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to structure your group to accomplish more and stress out less. Our national organizing team talked with organizational experts to come up with the best guidance possible. Read More
Feeling overwhelmed? Want to get your members plugged in to help run your local group? Indivisible’s organizing team shares best practices for how to identify and develop leaders in your group and build a sustainable team structure—so that we can all stay in the fights to come! Read More
How do I recruit new members for my group? How do we get Facebook group members to come to meetings and actions more often? How can we sustain our energy and keep our group members feeling engaged and empowered? Hear answers to these questions and more with the Indivisible Organizing team! Read More
You asked for it and we listened. One of our takeaways from the Listening Tour was that you want more trainings, opportunities to share best practices on organizing, or to discuss topics that will contextualize our work in the broader movement space.
For our first event, we’ll dive into a conversation about systemic oppression, white supremacy, and how these forces show up in our lives and in our organizing.
We’ll hear from special guest Chris Crass, who will talk about systemic oppression and white supremacy, and how these forces show up in our lives. There will be room for questions and discussion at the end. Read More
In the wake of the domestic terrorist attack and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, it is important that we take a critical look at our role in dismantling systems of oppression. This document includes initial things to do in your groups and your community, but is just a start. Read More
You’ve heard us say it before, but we’ll say it again: this is a marathon, not a sprint. The key to success is to keep showing up, but we know it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much is going on and how much there is to do. Here are a few tips on how to make advocacy a habit—and keep it fun and engaging in the months ahead! Read More
Different groups communicate with each other or store information in different ways. And just like steps to ensure physical security, it’s important to consider the risks you and your group might be facing—or might not. Many security measures require compromises in terms of the ease of communication or cost to an organization’s institutional memory. Being secure is less convenient than just doing nothing, and the goal should be to identify what’s most important to you and your group, and focus on what you can effectively do to secure that, rather than devising an iron-clad system that’s impossible to use. Read More
Indivisible groups across the country did an incredible job resisting the Trump agenda during the first 100 days. But we know this is a marathon not a sprint—we have a lot of work ahead of us! We’ve heard repeatedly that groups are planning ahead and thinking through how to keep members motivated.
This document covers strategies for group and team leaders to prevent burnout and keep group members motivated for the long haul. Read More
One of the things we learned as former congressional staffers is that Congress really only has the bandwidth to handle one or a few things at once. Sure, there’ll be plenty of speeches, hearings, and press conferences, but usually Congress is really only focusing on one or two issues at a given time. That gives Indivisible groups the power to focus energy into those things that really matter.
We all know that Trump poses an existential threat to this country. No matter what your issue is—whether it’s health care, immigration, the environment, civil rights, or something else—it is under attack by Trump and his cronies in Congress. A tactic they’re using is to spread our movement as thinly as possible, hoping that we don’t have the energy or the fortitude to keep fighting. We're going to prove them wrong.
However, the fact is that we still have to prioritize what we focus on in a given moment in order to maximize our impact. The question isn’t WHAT issue we care most about, it’s HOW we can have impact. Ultimately, we can't respond to everything, and we don't want to. Let us explain. Read More
Many Indivisible groups have a single leader: the person who registered the group on Indivisible’s website, who first put out the call for his or her neighbors to participate, who led the first meeting. But a single leader can’t effectively lead an Indivisible group for long. You need a leadership team to be successful. Here are just a few reasons why:
So who would be a good member of your leadership team? Find out in this resource! Read More
With vibrant, diverse, and passionate members but limited time, we know that it can sometimes be tough to make decisions efficiently. This guide covers four ways that your group could use to help reach decisions:
This resource also discusses electing leaders and promoting diversity in leadership, as well as digital communication tools. However, it’s worthwhile to highlight here that our number one tip is not to rely too much on digital communications to make decisions: if you can, meet in person or pick up the phone. Decisions are a lot easier if you can talk.
Regardless of what tools you use, remember to record the decisions as you make them—check out our How to Run a Meeting guide for a sample action item and decision tracker. It’s also good practice to review the list of actions and decisions that you have recorded at the end of the meeting. Read More
Thanks to Trump and his crazy cronies, we all have a lot to do these days! Building up the size of your local group is essential to effectively #standindivisible. Whether it’s to increase your capacity to tackle your goals, to make sure your group reflects the amazing diversity of your community, or to demonstrate the strength of your opposition, you need to be recruiting.
To help you grow your group, this document shares some best practices around member recruitment. Read More
Or, how to have a one-on-one conversation, reach a shared understanding, and get things done.
We get a lot of questions about how to reach out to, find common ground with, or persuade specific groups of people who may not agree with you or be convinced of the need to take action.
We could try to write several variations of this document about how to talk to all the different groups of people you may need to persuade, but the thing about people is that all of them are unique, with their own set of experiences, priorities, and assumptions. If you go into a conversation assuming that you know what the person you’re talking to thinks, you’re probably not going to get anywhere. The key is to listen to what they tell you, respond to it, and use that dialogue to build a relationship and move people toward a new way of thinking about things.
In other words, there’s no secret thing you can say that will persuade people, but there is a way to have a conversation with them that will help you get somewhere. You are organizers—and these conversations are called organizing conversations. Read More
One of the top requests we get from local group leaders is help coordinating with other Indivisible groups in their area. And that makes sense. Across the country, there are more than 5,800 local Indivisible groups—at least two in every congressional district, and an average of thirteen! That’s a lot of groups.
That’s part of the beauty and power of this movement: anyone can form a local group and start taking action to resist the Trump agenda. But we also know that we will have to stand indivisible together to win. And that means coordinating, collaborating, and working with the other Indivisible groups in your area. We have an obligation to each other to do that, so we build the strongest movement we can. Read More
In the weeks and months since Donald Trump’s election, millions of Americans have begun mobilizing to resist his backwards, ill-conceived agenda. With more than 7,000 groups located in every Congressional District in the United States, millions of Americans are ready to stand Indivisible. But we haven’t done enough to reach out to the college students and young people of this country—many of whom have the most to lose under this Administration.
This toolkit goes into the nuts and bolts of how to implement the Indivisible strategy—how to assert your constituent and campus power through organizing your own Indivisible Campus group. The Indivisible team will provide support where we can, but remember: you’re the leaders of this movement. The thousands of other Indivisible groups across the country started in the same way: they found the guide, they decided to form a local group, and they got to work. Read More
Some of you may already have a well-organized campus group—and that’s fantastic! Others may just be starting out. But regardless of how long you’ve been doing this or how many people are in your group, you’re not just a leader—you’re an organizer. Read More
Across the country, many Indivisible groups have grown very big, very quickly. We love seeing all the photos pouring in of groups with hundreds of people showing up to stand Indivisible.
This surge in growth for local groups is really exciting—the more people can we can recruit, the more power we’ll have. But organizing large groups presents some unique challenges, ranging from logistical hurdles (like how to make sure everyone can fit in a single meeting room) to organizing problems (like how to communicate amongst yourselves).
Here are a few tips to help manage some of these challenges and get the most out of a large, enthusiastic group. Read More