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Over 200 Brazilian Indigenous Nations gather to demand land rights and protection of Nature. April 2022. Credits: Kamakia Kisadje

Full list of all upcoming SMT trainings here.

This series is for Latin America-based activists and campaigners. It includes regional examples and cultural considerations. The sessions will be led by members of SMT’s Latin American team and supported by colleagues from other regions. 

They are offered in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in Portuguese and English.

90-minutes session held at 10-11:30 am (Mexico City) | 11-12:30 pm (New York) | 10-11:30 am (Centroamerica) | 11-12:30 am (Bogota) |1-2:30 pm (Brasilia)

1. Top Tools & Tactics to Build People Power in the Digital Age in Latin America | November 22, 2022

An overview of ways campaigners in Latin America and beyond are deploying online tools & tactics in combination with offline organizing to engage supporters, broaden their base, raise money, pressure targets, and win campaigns. We draw on lessons learned from movements and the latest online developments and social media trends. Whether you’re a complete digital novice, or advanced, make sure you aren’t missing out on key digital tools and tactics, learn what other organizers are doing to win and how to do it with limited time and money. Whether you’re an activist starting from scratch or part of a large organization, there’s something here for you.

  • Online/offline strategy to build people power and surround your target with maximum pressure
  • Essential free and low-cost tools
  • Which social media platforms for what and when
  • Creative tactics, including when organizing under authoritarian regimes
  • Digital security essentials

2. Activist Pipelines to Fuel People Powered Campaigns | December 6, 2022

Your organization has a list of people who subscribed to your email updates or signed a petition; what do you ask of them next to create a powerful force to win change? Many activists and campaigners are asking:

  • How do we activate enough people? 
  • How do we transform new potential supporters into active leaders of online and offline action? 

Learn how to:

  • Invite new supporters into meaningful but doable online and offline roles to share in the work of building a powerful campaign and movement 
  • Combine the right tools and steps to make it easy for people to sign up
  • Create online spaces to help build community among your people
  • Create a support system for people to stay and thrive
  • Build personal outreach to every new supporter into your workflow
  • Be ready for trigger events when your issue is in the news, and it’s easier to activate people
  • Automate what you can to do more as a small team
  • Measure and evaluate progress in activating people at different levels
  • Adapt to a low-internet access environment

3. Action Network: A Tool for Taking Action & Managing Data in People Power Campaigns | December 13, 2022

Are you using MailChimp for email or for your petitions? If so, you need this training! Learn about a movement tool (Action Network) designed by and for activists and used in global campaigns. Use the powerful free version to send emails, launch petitions, and hold all your supporter information.

Learn about the limitations of email tools that are not action tools and why it’s essential to own and control your supporter list. 

Learn how to:

  • Use the free version to design and launch a petition
  • Send emails to petition signers and others on your list
  • Use text messaging or WhatsApp messages if more effective for some segments of your list
  • Create and send an event invite
  • Create a sign-up form or petition and embed it into your website page
  • Create a beautiful petition or event page to send people to if you don’t have a website
  • Create a campaign to send emails to a target 

Registration Cost

  • US$20 per person for the series
  • Super low group rate: $250 for up to 50 people. Must send a spreadsheet of registrants with first, last name, organization, title, and email to several days before the training to ensure enough time
  • Register for free if referred by an outreach partner. Must forward the mass communication received from the outreach partner to

Listed Outreach Partners

  • Plataforma Global – El Salvador 
  • Asociación Grupo de Pensamiento Afrodescendiente. GPA – Ecuador
  • Unión Argentina de Mujeres – Argentina
  • Centro de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales. CDES – Ecuador
  • Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho. FJEDD – Mexico
  • Manifesta LGBT – Brazil
  • Propuesta Ciudadana – Peru
  • Coalición por Venezuela. CPV – Venezuela
  • Asociación para la Promoción Social Alternativa. MINGA – Colombia
  • Grupo Safo | Red sin Violencia – Nicaragua
  • – Latinoamérica
  • Campaña Colombia Contra Minas – Colombia
  • Tinta – The Invisible Thread
  • Afrochingonas – Mexico
  • Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Población Afrocolombiana del Quindío – Colombia

Payment is by credit card below, which includes a 4% fee. 

After payment, you will receive an email with the Zoom registration link. This can be shared with others who have been paid for.

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[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
[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
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
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)
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 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
[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
[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 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
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
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
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Monika Warner, Public Relations Chair – Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO
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
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
This was a fantastic training experience and I learned a lot about emerging technology with lots of support!
Nathan Taft, Digital Campaigner,
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
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
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
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

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