Campaigners and activists recognize they must use digital tools and tactics like never before – alongside direct action – to build people power and pressure targets to take action. Here are some upcoming trainings and resources designed to meet this need. To learn about additional upcoming trainings, join the email list. SMT also works with funders to provide support to grantees; organizing networks to support larger campaigns and networks; and directly with groups to provide tailored coaching and help implement campaigns. Feel free to reach out to discuss how SMT can support.
With team members on 4 continents, SMT’s small but highly effective team has trained staff from over 4400 groups and unions over its first 10 years, and worked with 150+ groups on campaigns more in-depth. Part-time and full-time roles are available, with coaching and training roles starting as low as a few hours a month. See open positions.
Trainings on TikTok, campaigning during COVID, remote team recommendations, Twitter, Snapchat and more. Available anytime and captioned in 7 languages. Also
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March – June 2024 | Sessions for all time zones globally | Instruction in English.
Are you a BIPOC social justice campaigner or staffer looking to deepen your leadership and responsibility in campaigns? This training is for organizers, campaigners, communications staff, fundraisers, and other staff involved in campaign work. This 3.5 month fellowship will enable participants to become next-level online/offline campaign staff combining time-tested organizing with the latest tools, tactics, and skills, including managerial skills. Learn more and apply here.
October 4, 11, 18, 2023 | 90 min sessions | Find your time zone here | Language: English with interpretation provided as funding allows in response to registrations.
We often put a lot of time and resources into websites and landing pages. So it’s frustrating when we realize our site isn’t visible to the key audiences we care about. And it’s downright galling when fossil fuel companies and other opponents are popping up first, with our campaign against them nowhere to be found. This 3-part series will up your game on Search Engine Optimization. Learn more and register here.
October 12 & 19, 2023 | 2 hour session | Training offered twice:
Some of us face threats to our personal safety when we take action or speak out, or even when we go about building relationships to build community power or when we’re laying the groundwork for a campaign as we gather information. What can we do to increase our safety in the face of these threats? That is what this training addresses. Learn more and register here.
October 25, 2023 | 90 min session | Training offered twice:
Every social justice organization should have an annual online/offline campaign plan. This training is a guided walk-through of the plan template that SMT has developed and refined over 10 years of working with hundreds of groups. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Learn more and register here.
November 6 & 8 | 2 hr sessions | Find your time zone here | Instruction in English. Interpretation based on demand
You’re launching a campaign with national or international impact? You know people care about it but decision-makers don’t see it as a priority? Your small team wants to build activism widely at the local level and needs to use limited resources wisely? This training is for you. We’ll go through the necessary steps to set up a distributed action plan. We’ll cover useful tools (free, low-cost and higher cost), risks and errors to avoid, and learn from groups that have run effective distributed actions. Learn more and register here.
November 22: For African campaigners and activists | 90 min session | 2pm Nairobi – 12noon Lagos & Kinshasa – 1pm Jo’burg | Interpreted to French and Portuguese
Are you an African campaigner or activist looking to build strong people power campaigns? Got a list of supporters but not sure how to activate them in powerful ways to win change? Wondering how to keep the momentum going after an action? This training addresses how to build a sustainable activist pipeline even with a small team. Learn more and register here.
December 5 | 2 hr session | Instruction in English. Interpretation provided as funding allows in response to registrations.
How to use A.I. for the messaging, framing and segmentation we need to build people power and win campaigns. You’ll learn how to use prompt engineering to generate messages with the right tone, refine your framing techniques and more accurately target your audience. We’ll cover how A.I. tools can help us improve internal workflows and processes as campaigners, and how to use image generation tools and create effective prompts. Updated from June 2023 training. Learn more and register here.
January 18, 2024: For African campaigners and activists | 90 min session | 2pm Nairobi – 12noon Lagos & Kinshasa – 1pm Jo’burg | Interpreted to French and Portuguese
Are you using MailChimp for email or Change.org for your petitions? If so, you need this training! Learn about a movement tool (Action Network) designed by and for activists and being used in campaigns across the globe. We will look at how to use the powerful free version to send emails, launch petitions, and hold all your supporter information. Learn more and register here.
January – June 2024 | 90 min sessions | Sessions for all time zones globally | Instruction in English. Interpretation based on demand
You know you need to increase digital security but are having a tough time getting it done across your team? This is for you! This training and support process is for organizations that are looking for a structured, supported and proven way to implement greater digital security across their team. More information and register here.
March 20, 2024: for African campaigners and activists | 90 min session | 2pm Nairobi – 12noon Lagos & Kinshasa – 1pm Jo’burg | Interpreted to French and Portuguese
Is WhatsApp one of your main channels of communication with your people? If so, this training is for you. As the most used app on the continent, campaigners are using WhatsApp in creative ways to build people power. From creating different groups for language access and geographic location, to using WhatsApp Communities, missed call campaigns, fundraising and managing volunteers, this training will focus on how to use WhatsApp to build more power in your campaigns. Learn more and register here.
February 6 – March 12, 2024: 12NOON Kinshasa | 2PM Nairobi | 11AM Accra | 1PM Jo’burg
Most sessions will be instructed in English. Simultaneous interpretation in French, Swahili, and Portuguese available if at least one group of activists needs it.
Ready to organize for power? From South Africa to Algeria and Kenya to Cote d’Ivoire, young people across the continent and their families want a just and sustainable future. To achieve it, we must use non-violent organizing principles and methods passed down from successful anti-colonial and other movements, combined with new digital tactics being used across the continent. We must understand how movements can be built and nurtured. This training series and support program is for activists and campaigners who want to deepen their ability to lead movements and campaigns for justice. Register here.
April 9 – June 6, 2024 | 10 weeks; 3h sessions per week | Sessions for all time zones globally | Instruction in English. Interpretation based on demand
Over 1,100 staff and activists of movement groups have taken SMT’s Digital Campaigning Certificate Program. This three-week intensive, with 3 hours of training per day Tuesday-Thursday, enables participants to quickly build competency in the key 18 skill areas essential to win campaigns in the digital age. This program is ideal for beginner to intermediate staff and activists of social justice groups, including unionists, to rapidly ramp up familiarity and skill with digital organizing strategy, tools and tactics. Learn more and join the waitlist:
July 10, 2024: : for African campaigners and activists | 90 min session | 2pm Nairobi – 12noon Lagos & Kinshasa – 1pm Jo’burg | Interpreted to French and Portuguese
Are you currently using storytelling as a core part of your campaign work? Do you have your own personal story that relates to a campaign issue you work on? Do people relate to your narrative? This training is going to focus on developing narratives that win campaigns through a hero’s journey. Learn more and register here.
SMT is rapidly ramping up support and training for movement organizations around the world. Additional training is planned. If there’s anything that you don’t see below that you’d be interested in, contact us.
Are you part of a non-profit/NGO/union or a funder committed to redistributing power for justice? Recognize the importance of digital along with direct action organizing? Watch the recording to learn more.