for social/climate-justice activism

NORAD Command Centre image used here to convey the idea of a “war room”, where the powerful face and manage threats. Under Creative Commons Licence and found on [ En.Wikipedia]

TL/DR — I was once a dedicated activist in my youth. Later in life, for a few years, I became a full-time corporate consultant and worked alongside a lot of people and companies that were defending nasty unsustainable projects. Along the way, I learnt a lot about…

From Flood, R. and Jackson, M. (1993) Creative problem solving: Total systems intervention. Wiley. Fig 1.1, pp. 6 found in Think NPC’s — Systems change: A guide to what it is and how to do it (download link below)

The “crisis within a crisis” moment we are living through right now, rising up against white supremacy and anti-black racism in the midst of a global pandemic, is a testament to how complex and downright systemic the problems we face have become.

More than ever, progressive organizers see the wisdom…

RAND Corporation illustration of different possible network forms in the 1960s, theoretical models that eventually determined the architecture of the World Wide Web.

As people-powered campaigning is clearly a practice on the rise, largely inspired by the dramatic rise of progressive grassroots movements, we often hear NGOs asking for more clarity on what kind of model would work best for them.

Though self-arising, often youth-led movements around climate and social justice are certainly…

Montreal climate strike, March 2019

With a close eye on the world’s mounting (and interconnected) wicked problems, as well as our closing window of opportunity to act decisively on them, it’s clear to me that emerging people-powered movements — like the student-led climate strikes — are the only forces out there moving with the proper…

How we work together on to build how-to guides for progressive campaigners

Back in April of 2018, with the help of an initial crew of volunteer bottom-liners — mostly seasoned campaigners themselves — we launched, an “open library of advocacy how-to’s put together by campaign innovators in order to help progressive organizers and groups up their game more quickly.”

I think…

Blueprints for Change is an open library of advocacy
how-to’s put together by campaign innovators in order to help progressive organizers and groups
up their game more quickly.

For the last 2 years, as I did trainings on advocacy campaign innovation across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, I kept hearing the same questions pop up on emerging strategies and tactics. “How can we set up distributed organizing…. or P2P texting…. or A/B testing…. in our org?”

I was recently invited to speak at the Frank Gathering on public interest communications put together by folks at the U of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

Aside from the chance to share the stage with some great speakers like Upworthy founder Eli Pariser, my talk on “Campaign Innovation…

Image Credit — The Indian Express

Though it’s just been a year, it seems so long ago now that we woke up to a political reality few progressives could believe or digest at first. As the country’s axis tilted for activists and organizers, from pushing for more change to fighting to preserve what we’ve won at…

Originally published at on October 27, 2017.

There is a lot of talk these days about the relative merits of organizing and mobilizing in campaign strategy circles. …

First published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, August 2017.

Over the past decade, a new approach to organizing and mobilizing campaign supporters has drawn guarded admiration from the world’s largest advocacy organizations. Tried and tested with success by early adopters such as climate campaigners and further developed in…

Tom Liacas

Progressive power builder. Founding bottom-liner of Blueprints for Change + Senior Strategist at NetChange Consulting. More bio stuff:

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