Welcome to the home page for the Informing Activists video project! Below you will find links for videos of social movement scholars (and social scientists) answering questions relevant for young activists.
Each page contains at least one video that we hope will help young activists make informed decisions about their engagements, a bio about the presenter, and some suggested readings if someone is interested in a deeper dive into the topic area.
The list is regularly curated, and so please check back regularly for updates!
The most recent additions to the collection include:
Lisa Martinez- “Applying social movement concepts to immigration activism” (12/10/18)
Jessica Taft- “What responses should I expect from adults when I get involved in activism?” (10/15/18)
To visit the original introduction to the series from the Mobilizing Ideas editors and the series curators, please click here.
We hope you find these to be helpful, and welcome suggestions about new videos. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck on making the change you envision!
Table of Contents
Do movements make a difference?
In what ways do social movements make a difference? – Thomas Elliott
How/When do movements make a political difference? – Katrin Uba
How/When do movements affect culture? – Jenn Earl
When do movements shape public opinion? – Neal Caren
How does movement participation affect people’s lives? – Marco Giugni
How do movements influence elections? – Fabio Rojas
How do I support movements in other countries? – Dana Moss
How do I get (more/new/different) people involved?
Who Participates in Movements and Why? – Bert Klandermans and Ziad Munson
How do I get people involved in my movement — Katrina Kimport
What can be done about activist burnout? – Sharon Nepstad
How can activists avoid burnout? – Hava Gordon
How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement? – Rachel Einwohner
What should I focus on when I am trying to create change?
How much does the political environment affect my cause? – David Meyer
What are the best tactics for my cause? – Catherine Corrigall-Brown
How do I use online tools to help my cause? – Lissa Soep
What are the best targets for my cause? – Tom Maher
How do I adapt my tactics to the political environment? – Holly McCammon
What should I think about when I am creating an organization?
When do I need an organization? – Jenn Earl
How do I work with existing organizations? – Grace Yukich
How can I be more convincing?
How do I talk about my cause? – David Snow
What do I need to know about the media environment? – Deana Rohlinger
How do I stay safe?
What are the risks of activism and can I reduce those risks? – Heidi Reynolds-Stenson
How can I protect myself legally when I am active online? – Derek Bambauer
Applied Examples in Current and Historic Movements
How might these topics apply to a specific campaign? – Elizabeth Armstrong
Applying social movement concepts to immigration activism – Lisa Martinez