Survey: Conversation topics for Mobilizing Allies

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29 people filled out this survey to help select our conversation topics related to Mobilizing Allies. Here is a list in order of the most popular first:

  1. Building strong partnerships and coalitions (scheduled for January)
  2. Collaboration: Why it's important and how to do it well (we will combine this with the first topic)
  3. How to identify your allies
  4. Maintaining commitment and motivation
  5. Training allies in nonviolent action
  6. Engaging nontraditional allies
  7. Engaging allies to counter attacks against you & efforts to discredit human rights work / Engaging allies to build credibility
  8. Inspiring nonviolent actions and countering complacency among supporters
  9. Coordinating efforts between development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights agencies

We will start working on coordinating a few of the most popular online conversation topics. If you are interested in helping to lead or facilitate one of these topics, please contact me or add a comment below!

Thank you for your input,

Kristin Antin, New Tactics Online Community Builder


One of the most popular themes for our 2014 conversations (as chosen by the community) is mobilizing allies.

Among the most critical work of human rights practitioners is the effort to mobilize your allies by building strategic alliances and coalitions. Building alliances – especially with unexpected partners – can strengthen the efforts of human rights advocates in unexpected ways. Building relationships with groups outside the usual sectors lends credibility to your cause and attracts new audiences. Reaching across international borders builds alliances that are stronger, more flexible, and have additional political clout. Strategic collaboration and coalition-building can make advocates more prepared, more powerful and more representative of the communities they serve. When groups are no longer working in isolation, they can enhance their legitimacy with media, the public, and government. Explore our tactic examples and resources related to mobilize allies.