Strategic thinking is a discipline used in all types of work. In order to build a house, you need a plan. In order to win votes to get elected for a political position, you need a plan. Human rights work is no exception - in order to make change, you need a plan (and hopefully, it’s a good one!).
At New Tactics in Human Rights, we strive to be the go-to-place for human rights defenders to learn about strategy and tactics. So far, we have:
- Built a collection of over 200 innovative human rights tactics from all over the world. This collection shows how tactics have been used to advance a strategic goal to make an impact.
- Built an online community where more than 1000 human rights defenders have shared their tactical experience, knowledge and ideas to advance their human rights efforts.
Now is the time for us to build a collection of strategic-thinking resources and tools for human rights defenders to help in the selection and application of successful tactics. We have been working closely with human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa region to share a methodology to apply strategy and tactics to human rights work, and we are eager to share with you the tools we’ve been using (coming soon).
We also know that many others have been developing and using tools and resources, some that have been shared online. New Tactics in Human Rights would like to collect and share these resources on our website. We want your help in identifying what you have found to be really useful in your work.
We have identified these key elements that are involved in creating a strategy:
- Identify the problem
- Create a vision
- Map the terrain
- Find your allies
- Choose your target
- Identify goals
- Exploring tactics
- Select your tactics
- Implement your tactics
- Train your team
- Assess the impact
- Self-care and security
(And if you're interested to see what we've found so far, take a look at these resources that relate to the key elements above.)
In your own human rights work, and considering the key elements listed above:
- What resources and tools are out there that are being used by human rights defenders to develop strategy and apply tactics?
- What have you used (or borrowed from another discipline) that has worked well?
- What hasn’t worked so well?
- What resources are missing that need to be developed?
New Tactics greatly appreciates these opportunities to share ideas and experiences with such a generous, creative and collaborative network of human rights defenders and organizations! Thank you so much for your input. Share your thoughts and ideas by adding a comment below.
Kristin Antin - New Tactics Online Community Builder
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