Our trainings, network and cross cutting projects connect people, organisations and movements, focus our movements on key battles and build the leaders and organisations we need to win:
Movement Builders – training the next generation of movement leaders
Half theory, half practical tools, this course puts you in a room with 30 organisers across your region to think about the role of movements in leading change, learning from the world’s most effective groups, leaving you with analysis and tactics to apply to your own organising work.
National and Regional Spokesperson Network – training and booking a new generation of media spokespeople
Two days of intensive training to speak in the media, followed by 24/7 press support to help book you into the media based on the day’s news, nationally and regionally; we cover a wide range of topics and have booked over 1000 media appearances from migrant rights to inequality, housing, education and health to race, policing to the environment, Brexit and the economy. If you’re a media organisation and want to book someone, contact email@example.com/07926 222 879 for the national network, and firstname.lastname@example.org/07521 518 141 for the regional network.
OrgBuilders – coaching the next generation of organisations
For people setting up new organisations or looking to transform existing ones, this 12 month programme will support you to build the strategy, structure and culture you need to win. You’ll explore new ideas and frameworks around progressive organisational development in quarterly training sessions, and have monthly 121 coaching to provide you with a supportive framework to implement and embed them. OrgBuilders equips you with the know-how to unleash the full potential of your organisation, and become part of a cohort of powerful movement leaders.
The goal of NEON’s Transformative Organising programme is to enhance the learning, skills and capacity of organisers to build power among large groups of people crucial for the success of our movements, and based in justice and solidarity.
Global Messaging Programme
A course for communicators from North America, UK, Europe and Australia to gain the tools and experience to analyse, reframe, test and deliver more effective messages and narratives for progressive victories. The Global Advanced Messaging and Narrative Programme 2019 is led by Anat Shenker Osorio in association with Australian Progress and NEON.
Press Officer School
The Press Officer School brings together a series of press officers in the business, journalists and a network of people who want to use media coverage to change the world.
The Comms Hub was founded by NEON to help social movements communicate more effectively. Working together with PIRC, we help people develop effective messaging, master interview techniques and improve their press officer skills. Our aim is to have more persuasive and representative voices in the media.
You can see and apply for upcoming programmes.
The NEON network
We run a network of over 1,600 organisers from over 900 groups across grassroots groups, NGOs, politicians and journalists. The network and web platform allows people to find one another, talk about and plan around the big issues of the day.
We also provide special support and campaigning on key battleground issues: these are currently migrant rights, climate justice, health, housing and precarious work organising where we work with NEON members to run better, more effective action.
Cross cutting projects
We run a few cross cutting programmes helping tackle key strategic issues facing progressive organising. Right now these projects are:
Framing the Economy
A large two year programme to work out how people reason about the economy and how we can tell a winning story. We’re coordinating a network of over 50 leading progressive communicators to design the story along with the New Economics Foundation, The Public Interest Research Centre and the Frameworks Institute. Results are due in autumn 2017.
Open source toolkit
We open source most of our campaigning resources – offering our content for free wherever possible. Take a look at our resources page for event planning templates, strategies, reading lists and Lumen – the networking platform which we developed to run our own network.
We can also provide bespoke trainings and consultancy work for aligned groups in certain circumstances. This can be across any of our areas of expertise from media training to strategy sessions, ongoing coaching or one off political education trainings. We’ve worked with groups like Friends of the Earth or Tear Fund on strategy and media skills in the past and provided political education for several of the big trade unions and Labour party in the past. Email email@example.com to discuss your needs.