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K.1. Planning and Development of Campaigns

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Martin, Brian, Backfire Manual: Tactics Against Injustice, Sparsnas Sweden, Irene Publishing, 2012, pp. 112

A guide to turning an opponent’s violence to the campaign’s advantage. For the wider theoretical analysis see: Martin, Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire (A. 1.b. Strategic Theory, Dynamics, Methods and Movements)

Moyer, Bill ; McAllister, JoAnn ; Finley, Mary Lou ; Soifer, Steven, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, Gabriola Island, New Society Publishers, 2001, pp. 228

From his central insight that some movements could not recognise when they were succeeding, Bill Moyer constructed his model MAP - Movement Action Plan - as a tool for strategic analysis for nonviolent movements. The book includes case studies of five US movements: civil rights, anti-nuclear energy, gay and lesbian, breast cancer and anti-globalization.

Rose, Chris, How to Win Campaigns: 100 Steps to Success, London, Earthscan Publications, 2005, pp. 231

Tips from an environmental campaigner and communications consultant who has worked for Greenpeace, among other organizations.

Shaw, Randy, The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, [2007], (2nd edition), Berkeley CA, University of California Press, 2013, pp. 304

Urban activist focuses on how to achieve social change even in difficult environments.

Turning the Tide, Toolkit, London, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, 2014

Information sheets on preparing for nonviolent action and nonviolent training resources and links to organizations offering training.

War Resisters' International, Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, [2009], (2nd edition), London, War Resisters' International, 2014, pp. 232

Sections on ‘Introduction to Nonviolence’, ‘Developing Strategic Campaigns’, ‘Organising Effective Actions’, ‘Case Studies’ with examples from round the world, ‘Training and Exercises’ and advice on compiling one’s own handbook and lists of helpful manuals, references and websites.

See also:

Richard K. Taylor, Blockade: A Guide to Nonviolent Intervention, (E.3. Opposing Other Wars and Occupations), Part 2 is a manual for direct action.

The Ruckus Society offers manuals and checklists on ‘Action Planning’, ‘Media’ and other topics, plus numerous links to other web pages. See: