Get Groups Together To Do Bigger Things

Build Power With More Teamwork & Greater Alliances

Help grow this shift at Patreon and on GoFundMe.  This is one of 15 tools for doing helpful things and one part of the 5-part Shift the Country strategy.

Overview Blurb

Growing and expanding groups, teamwork, and alliances is key to building power, movements, and a phenomenon.  All of that activity and synergy can help us help each other through what’s coming, to do helpful things, to raise a ruckus, to spread that ruckus, and to counter fear.  Anyone can get in on this.  We need all the action everywhere – from small circles to national coalitions.  We make shift happen with shared goals and objectives… like surviving all of this disruption, making transformation as we do, and thriving on the other side.  Teams and coalitions can help with all of it, including any kind of team, group, activist group, group of friends, volunteer group, neighborhood group, organization, business, business alliance, foundation, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, institution, institute, community, community group, regional coalition, union, church, etc. We need it all.  Anyone can do helpful things anywhere for anything.

This tool is about creating, expanding, and facilitating new or existing teams or alliances, and doing it effectively.  Includes basics and examples of partnership- and coalition-building.  Includes logistics – how to do communication, coordination calls, amplifying, marketing, joint events, raising a ruckus, spreading of the ruckus, etc.  This tool is also about building alliances between teams, individuals, or businesses – to identify shared goals, values, and stakes to work together on; to identify processes for buy-in; and how to leverage each organization’s assets and complement each other’s strengths.  Teams and alliances can help us lean forward into what’s next, including helping each other through crises, holding society and institutions together, making structural transformation, reimagining communities, raising a ruckus, spreading that ruckus, advocating for justice and equality, facilitating mutual aid, solving problems, building resilience, growing connection and community, etc.

This tool is part of the 5-part Shift the Country strategy.

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Details on how to use this and the other 15 tools for doing helpful things are under construction as we're a brand-new nonprofit, created in the summer of 2020 to deal with multiple crises in the US.  More information on this tool is coming ASAP!
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MORE RELATED STUFF IS BELOW.  PATREON and GOFUNDME support help us make more shift happen faster.  Tagged resources below have more examples & stories for this tool.  This framework here has flexible ways to use the 15 tools and to mix + match them with the 10 structural areas.  Help us share this stuff everywhere with everyone you know & totally raise an absolute ruckus.  Thank you.  Good luck.

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VIDEO: Community Conversations (A Tool)

Having "Community Conversations" is one of the core of the 15 civic engagement tools that can help Shift the Country. These conversations can be online or in-person or both, & single events or a series. They can help us with solving problems & building resilience where we are - like for the pandemic - and also things like re-imagining public safety and racial justice. 9/3/2020. This video is tied to several Shift the Country tools because it relates to several of them - and it is a key tool for doing civic engagement, if not made more challenging by the pandemic.  Still, there are ways to make it work, to solve community problems, to drive community agendas, and to help people help each other through.

VIDEO: Creating Tipping Points (Tool)

This is on how to deliberately create tipping points - or how to deliberately make something "go viral" either online or in the real world. Creating tipping points & leveraging social networks to do it is one of the 15 Civic Engagement Tools that help us make shift happen. It's also one of the 5 parts of our strategy to Shift the Country.  Our "tipping points" tool online is here.  This video is on the founder's wall on Facebook here. August 6, 2020.

VIDEO: How Taking Care of People Can Help Save US

We can counter the individualism damaging the health and well-being of this country by looking after each other. Caring about people. Celebrating community. Having compassion. Embracing humanity. Anchoring in connection and community. Doing that can help make shift happen, too. This was originally broadcast on the Shift the Country Facebook page on August 15, 2020.

VIDEO: ODNI Stops Some Intel Briefings To Congress

Reaction to reporting that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has stopped in-person election interference intelligence briefings to Congress (see MSNBC story on this subject also: August 30, 2020. Also discusses certain areas for civic engagement related to this news and what it means for the US.

VIDEO: These 6 Months Are The Fight Of Our Lives

We're in some stuff. This one is on the 5 main parts of the risk landscape in front of us between now and February - through the election and transition of administrations. Plus - how do we survive? August 30, 2020.  The 5 main parts of the risk landscape include 1) the out of control coronavirus pandemic (and complex system interruptions and related cascading effects); 2) emerging authoritarianism in the US; 3) the influence of a growing nationalist oligarchy on destabilization in the US; 4) an information war with many fronts; 5) the election and transition of power. This also gets into the 5-part Shift the Country strategy to help us get through these next months.