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Social Movement Technologies

A non-profit/NGO providing organizing strategy, training and campaign support to build people power and win in the digital age.

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I want to become more skilled and powerful in my online campaigning or activism.
We need training, strategy, or implementation help to reach more people, engage them more deeply, and amplify our collective voice so it is heard more clearly.
I’m a progressive funder who wants to connect grantees with high-quality digital campaigning training and support.
I’m a skilled digital campaigner. I want to connect with peers and mentor others.

SMT’s Impact Over Its First 9 years

Providing organizing strategy, training and campaign support to build progressive power and win in the digital age.

Testimonials

I view organizing in a whole new light. Everybody should have the opportunity to go through this experience, and get these tools, and start organizing.
Angela Saxton – Lead Organizer, ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment)
Great coach for executing our group's livestream plan! Often we have little time to do comprehensive analysis or comparison of newer technologies, so it's important to consult with those with their hands on the tools, and have seasoned coaches in your corner who can help you execute plans.
Malcolm Emerich, Contract Coordinator, NewsGuild-CWA
SMT helped us create a social media presence to expand our cannabis worker organizing campaign. Our organizers have enhanced their social media capabilities. We have succeeded beyond our expectations. Working with SMT has been a great experience. They really understand organizing and communications.
Moises Zavala, Organizing Director, UFCW Local 881 Illinois
The Social Movement Technologies Digital Campaigner Certificate is an excellent opportunity for me to meet digital organizers from across the country who are doing important work fighting for social justice on digital platforms. Often times, we are isolated in our work whether it be regionally or by issue, but through this program I've learned so much about all the cool ways other organizers are engaging and building movements. I've also been able to refresh my own knowledge about digital campaigning and have learned about a ton of new technology, software, and platforms that can be used for positive social change. Thank you SMT team!
Jen Lawhorne, Digital Organizer, ProgressVA
"Skye's growth in confidence and strategic acumen through the SMT program has been a huge boost for our organization. She's also been able to bring tools, trainings, and ideas back to our entire staff team, making us more effective and responsive."
Skye Vallance -Communications and Development Coordinator, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society: CPAWS
Our experience to date has been wonderful, helping us make the migration from one CRM to another as painless as possible…a life saver, terrific. Quick to respond, SMT staff provide clear explanations that avoid all the techno-garble.
Michael Eisenscher – Retiring National Coordinator, US Labor Against The War
Super useful and practical strategy session. Great to learn what we can do to our website and Facebook page to make them better tools, described in a way I can explain to my board.
Nancy Boone – Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut
SMT helped us launch our first petition campaign…great experience, ended up with vastly higher profile for our work.
Alex Marthews – National Coordinator (Interim), Restore the Fourth
We hired SMT to lead a discussion about online strategy with some of our union’s staff. It re-kindled my desire and commitment to using emerging technologies in my organizing!
Barbara Deardorff – Indiana State Teachers Association
SMT is a great resource if you’re looking to improve your organization’s social media presence and strategy.
Emily McNeill – Acting Director, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
SMT’s knowledge of the organizational use of different CRMs and migration between them was very helpful.
Melissa Bernardin – Investing in Communities Initiative, NH
SMT was like a breath of fresh air in its approach to empowering small nonprofit organizing efforts. With not much funding, we were able to connect SMT to a few organizations in our network to provide analysis, coaching and hands on technical support. Here at Universal Health Care Foundation of CT, SMT gave us strategic help to up our game with our online organizing and engagement…particularly helpful in guiding us to a more savvy, productive use of social media.
Lynne Ide – Director of Program & Policy, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
Great information on how to make emails more impactful and spur action. Great to get direct feedback on a sample email.
Jocelyn Meyers, Communications and Development Director, Friends of Cedar Mesa
We hired SMT to help with some ad campaigns. Folks are professional, experienced, and communicative. Knowing what was happening at different stages helped me understand what was going on in our programs. I was never embarrassed to ask questions. The SMT staffer explained everything that would happen, why he was doing something, how he'd accomplish it, which was great. It made me feel like we were working collaboratively. SMT also provides a lot of great trainings to the progressive community to equip people and organizations to do this work on their own.
Iridane Sanchez, Deputy Director West of Data and Technology, State Voices
[SMT's WhichCRM tool] helped me make a side by side comparison without having to spend hours sifting through demos and websites on my own. Invaluable!
Ann Bickerton, VP of Membership, Heart of LA Democratic Club
SMT is the only training I know of that speaks our language of activism and uses the tools we use everyday in the field. They are a go-to resource to help raise the bar for communications in the labor movement.
Mark Maldonado – Digital Strategist, Texas AFL-CIO
The one-on-one sessions have been invaluable given the expertise of everyone on the SMT team.
Alexandra Greenberg – Advocacy & Campaigns Officer, UAEM (Universities Allied For Essential Medicines)
Super helpful process with our staff and leaders to ID new tools we can use to reach our target folks.
Kim McLoughlin – Organizing Director, Connecticut Housing Coalition
Design firms told us our current site couldn’t be mobile optimized, but SMT did it cleanly and affordably. The site looks great and SMT was easy to work with and addressed any concerns we had.
National Immigrant Justice Center Chicago, IL
SMT has worked with us to develop and implement a broad and integrated social media strategy. They helped our leadership understand the importance of such a strategy and taught our activists the basic skills to execute it. From website maintenance to targeted twitter campaigns, they are there when you need them and they understand that it is all about movement building.
Mark Dudzic – National Coordinator, Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare
We worked with SMT to get tech support on our virtual townhall event. It was helpful getting advice from an expert on how to prepare for the livestream, and how to best make it smooth. It was a big lift off our shoulders being able to rely on someone who has experience doing it.
Jennifer Phung, Field Director, AAPIs (Asian American Pacific Islanders) for Civic Empowerment Ed Fund
This was a fantastic training experience and I learned a lot about emerging technology with lots of support!
Nathan Taft, Digital Campaigner, Stand.earth
I found the email coaching course to be extremely helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed that this exercise involved everyone working from the same assignment. It made the feedback that much more helpful. I think this has been one of the best SMT sessions that I've taken.
Crystal Mor, Digital Coordinator, NJ-CAIC
Incredibly knowledgeable…Weekly coaching has been a great experience. Keeps us on track. Staff is flexible, creative.
Mary Pat Healy – Exec Dir, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
I got a LOT out of it...the idea that comms can be used not just to “raise the visibility” of my organization, but to build power -- to move people, engage them, get them to do something concrete to push our social justice work forward. The strategies and tools shared were super helpful, and have already had measurable impact. Staff is fantastic - knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, collaborative.
Mary Schindler, Communications Manager, Youth Leadership Institute and SMT Digital Campaigning 2017-2019 alum
The trainings are terrific–geared for every level of experience. And being rooted in social change movement, especially helpful to organizers.
Heather Booth – President Midwest Academy, Board member USAction
[The Digital Campaigning Certificate Program] is a great course to get to know all the different aspects of digital campaigning. What I like most about it is the consistent focus on building power.
Joep Karskens, Digital Organizer, Friends of the Earth Netherlands
We reached out very last minute to get help with ad campaigns. It was a really great experience, I have nothing but good things to say about it. We look forward to being able to work with them again in the future
Iridane Sanchez, Deputy Director West of Data and Technology, State Voices
The coaching has been fantastic. Staff has extensive understanding of the online landscape and strategy…jumped right into working with our members too, personable and supportive…great to work with someone who felt like a comrade and not just another non-profit consultant. I was amazed at SMT’s ability to connect us with experts or representatives of different online tools.
Keith Brunner – Communications Coordinator, Vermont Workers’ Center
Great ability to eloquently name a few top communications gaps that we could easily fix and increase our impact. The summary document is highly valuable; we will refer to it in our future planning!
Amanda Aguilar – Shank Organizer, Freedom to Thrive
SMT’s staff is friendly, flexible, competent, creative…Efficiently implemented cutting-edge strategies and designed great-looking materials to communicate our message to our members. I’ll come back to SMT in a heartbeat.
Flavio Casoy MD, while Exec VP, CIR / SEIU Healthcare
[Story-Based Strategy] was awesome. It was sort of a refresher and a reset for me as an organizer and a social worker. I took a great deal of notes.
Jessica Estes, Deputy Director, MOWIN
SMT is an amazing resource for starting digital organizing and communications and maintaining a program that engages members and moves them to action. There are a bunch of free and super reasonably priced webinars available so you can jump right in and focus on what you need to improve.The webinars have just been stellar. I've learned so much, especially from the Top Tools and Tactics to bump up your organizing game. I used the templates and resources to set up an editorial calendar and to track stats for our new social media channels. It was very easy to take what was presented in the training and apply it to my union immediately.
Katie Ryan – Assistant Business Agent, IATSE Local 16
"I learned so much about different labour movement actions. The digital part was huge, along with actually just understanding the range of tools that are available to organizers. I knew about petitions, about actions in the street, but seeing how differently they could be appleid in so many unique contexts was really exciting. I feel like I got an entire history of the labour movement.
Madelin Burt-D’Agnillo – Organizer, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
Our strategy sessions with SMT have really energized our vision for what we need to do…In 90 minutes, we were excited and encouraged about how we could better our media and communications work.
Angela Moreno – Interim Exec Dir, FIERCE
Trainings run by SMT are solid, accessible and worth checking out.
Mobilisation Lab
Our staff have taken SMT’s excellent trainings over the past five years. Mastering the strategic use of digital tools is essential to advance social change online. SMT’s offerings are a much-needed and unique resource. And they are responsive and committed to meeting the needs of participants. We’re thrilled to partner on the new Global South track of their Digital Campaigning Certificate program, which is a need that we expressed and they acted on promptly. Thank you SMT!
Shelley Buckingham, Digital Communications Lead, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Canada
I would recommend SMT to anyone looking to be more effective online. We are definitely going to experiment with the directions SMT gave us in our strategy session. Very valuable to have consulting from organizers who are keeping up with all the latest.
Melanie Scruggs – Texas Campaign for the Environment
The webinars were very thorough, and the SMT team seems very responsive, broadly knowledgeable, and intuitive. The “WhichCRM?” questionnaire was helpful when I filled it out with my team. It helped us think about the aspects of a CRM we were looking for.
Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH)
[The Digital Campaigning Certificate Program] is a wonderful course with a great amount of information to get you started on understanding how digital can work for your own organization.
Marium Navid, Digital Organizer, SEIU-UHW
Last year, we worked with SMT on a census campaign with Native Voice Network, and we got so much direct campaign support, one-on-one coaching. I spent a lot of time doing just one-on-one coaching support with ads. after that I felt super empowered and fearless to just navigate all these different tools in the universe. So it was a really great and helpful experience for us.
Isel Cuapio, Digital Organizer, Native Voice Network
I strongly recommend SMT. Their strong organizing background, preparation and thoughtfulness made our strategy assessment with them enjoyable and really helpful.
Daniel Carrillo – Exec Dir, Freedom to Thrive
I wish SMT had existed when I started organizing in 2010! I learned many of these skills on the fly, often through trial and error. Overall it is really helpful to learn about all of the new tools which exist, especially ones that non-profits can use for low or no cost. The presentation did a great job of outlining best practices for many different scenarios.
Isaac Silberman-Gorn, Mechanic Mentor, Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy
SMT helped us build an integrated, strategic approach to a union contract campaign. SMT’s work is sophisticated and flexible–their support was invaluable.
Darren Carroll – Union Representative, The NewsGuild-CWA
Love it!” (mobile optimization of TheStand.org)
David Groves – Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
The coaching sessions provide practical tools for making our social media move from passive clicktivism to actually doing something.
Margari Aziza Hill – Programming Director, Muslim ARC (Anti-Racism Collaborative)
"I have found the webinars and trainings by SMT to be timely, relevant and incredibly useful in my work. I work often at the intersection of climate and labour and have been thrilled to see the trainings you organize have met my needs in advancing my work."
James Hutt – Senior Manager of Programming, The Leap
All of SMT training is packed and powerful!
Monika Warner, Public Relations Chair – Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO
SMT taught our staff and leaders to use Twitter strategically, understand the intricacies of Facebook for organizing…They respond quickly, have real world organizing experience, do really solid webinars that leaders and staff can engage with.
Kristi Sanford – Communications Director, The People’s Lobby, Chicago IL
Two things I valued most about the program were lifelong access to the course materials and case study walkthroughs from some of the most compelling organizers and organizing collectives we have in the field right now.
Keisha E. McKenzie, PhD, Director of Digital Strategy, Auburn Seminary and Digital Certificate Program participant 2018-2019
This is great for C3's to understand what they SHOULD be doing during elections. I think there is much more space for C3s to take the GOTV initiative.
Logan Mills, Community Organizer, Maine Women’s Lobby
The online coaching sessions have been really good for helping us make decisions about what makes the most sense for us to incorporate…and what we can let go.
Renee Coe – Policy & Communications Associate, Every Child Matters
I want to express my continuing and deep appreciation for SMT’s staff. We’ve made great strides and SMT has been catalytic…Among other things–fast, smart, patient, thorough, skillful handling of the website makeover. You guys pulled it off quickly and affordably.
Charles Komanoff – Executive Director, Carbon Tax Center
The benefits to us of regular coaching sessions were immediate.
Duste Dunn – CT Citizen Action Group
SMT helped us choose an appropriate database for our organization. Its focused training sessions are valuable tools that have helped us further a conversation with our grassroots leaders about strategically building a more powerful, goal-oriented organization.
Alison Auciello – Climate Justice Organizer, Communities United For Action
SMT was really responsive to my questions and needs, and to customizing a training that met those needs. We had a collaborative relationship of understanding each other's needs and expertise, agreeing on outcomes and approach, and developing content.
Alicia Johnson, National Organizer and Student Network Manager, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
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