RESOURCES

For campaigners, activists & organisers

This page contains key resources and tools developed for NEON’s training programmes and day-to-day operations.

We’d love you to download, use and adapt for your own organising.

They are a work in progress so don’t forget to send any ideas for improvements our way!

Systems and power

Learn about the economic, political and social systems we are up against.

 Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism

Six part podcast series introducing the the values and ideas behind our neoliberal economic system: where it came from,  how it spread, and how we could do things differently.

Neoliberalism reading list

NEON’s reading list on neoliberalism. Text, videos and audio.

 Framing the Economy

What stories and frames have promoted austerity economics in the UK? This report kick started our work around economic narratives – now a major strand of what NEON does.

 Systems of oppression reading list

NEON’s reading list on systems of oppression. Text, videos and audio.

 Forces for Change

To change a system, you need to understand the forces that shape it now. This model can help structure your thinking.

Leadership

What kind of leadership do we need to create collective power? How can it help break down barriers of power and privilege?

 Leadership Practice Model

What practices can help diverse groups work more effectively towards complex and challenging outcomes? This model gives an introduction to collaborative leadership and helps you think through your own practice as a leader.

 Leadership reading list

NEON’s reading list on leadership. Text, videos and audio.

 Power and Privilege Guide

We know society treats people differently based on gender, race, sexuality and other identity factors. What can we and the organisations we are part of do to not only avoid the same trap, but start breaking down the barriers to the equal and inclusive social movements we need? Check out this guide for direction and ideas.

Campaigns

What do effective campaign strategies look like for tackling systemic problems?

 Systemic Campaigns Framework

How do we make sure our campaign strategies tackle the roots causes of the problems we face? This framework has been written to help you build, refine and implement a systemic campaign strategy.

 Systemic campaigns reading list

NEON’s reading list on systemic campaigning. Text, videos and audio.

Organisations

Templates and resources for writing strategies, running events and general planning.

Event planning template

A template for designing events – covering everything from the purpose of each session to who is responsible for making sure the lunch is ready. A godsend for big events.

Project plan template

A template for writing up the strategy for a medium sized project, covering everything from your background analysis to what resources you’re going to need.

Team strategy template

A template for writing up a team strategy (i.e. a group of projects) covering theory of change, responsibilities and more.

 1-to-1 meeting notes template

A basic template that we’ve found helpful for running and recording one-to-ones in a team.

 Lumen

Lumen is an open source group discussion platform custom built with the New Economics Foundation and Steve Reid for people collaborating across different groups, movements and organisations. It’s based around online discussion lists and has now been taken up and used by around a dozen organisaitons from Positive Money through to the Open Government Network to organise across a huge range of issues. Check it out!

Movements

Understand how movements take on dominant systems and the forces at play in these struggles.

 Systemic Movement Primer

A primer to help you think about the role of movements in society – their characteristics and core features

 Structure of a Movement

What gives social movements alignment, longevity and power? This model visualises how a combination of forces connects and empowers people and organisations within movements in order to create overall impact.

 Movements reading list

NEON’s reading list on movements. Text, videos and audio.

 Stories of Struggle

A summary of key movements in British history – from Chartism to Women Against Pit Closures. Text.

Want help using these NEON resources in your own work?

Alongside our programmes we also do consulting – helping groups apply these resources in their campaigns, organisations and movements. Get in touch if you want to discuss this. Anything from a single training session to ongoing coaching support.