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Understanding Activism - Global Launch

It’s no secret that activists can’t go it alone. But we have not had hard evidence on the type of support they really need to bolster their impacts.… Until now.

Join us for the release of Understanding Activism: How international NGOs, foundations and others can provide better support to social movements on December 13th at 9:30am ET.

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Activists are struggling for open, democratic societies across the globe with access to few resources and little support. The concentration of existing support often comes from external actors—foreign governments, foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and private individuals—yet there has been insufficient research on how activists experience this support, until now.

Understanding Activism breaks new ground by combining first-person accounts from activists with quantitative data across closed, semi-closed, and closing societies in order to understand the current support available to activists in contrast with what activists actually want.

Understanding Activism surveyed over 1100 activists in 10 countries and provides critical insights into practices that can be adopted across civil society to ensure more effective support to nonviolent movements at the forefront of securing inclusive, participatory democracies.

The research centered on three key questions:

  1. What type of support do activists receive?

  2. Which types of support are helpful or harmful?

  3. What types of support do activists really want?

Interested in putting the research findings into action?

With the data from Understanding Activism, we have developed a new course for movement allies looking for better ways to support resistance work. Adopting a Movement Mindset is an 8-week, virtual course designed to help civil society professionals—campaigners, advocates, technologists, program managers, funders, executives—find new and innovative ways to support and protect activists and the movements they’re building.

Earlier Event: December 5
What activists really need to win.
Later Event: January 16
Adopting a Movement Mindset Course