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Organizing Hub

The Organizing Hub is a shared network asset, developed to drive the power-building work across the RE-AMP Network by developing capacity-building resources and bringing members together to collaborate on strategy.

Strategic Planning

As the Organizing Hub Director, I design and facilitate customized strategic planning sessions looking at organizational culture, capacity, and power. I believe that strategic planning isn’t about creating a document that sits on a shelf -- it’s about engaging your team in a process that reveals previously unknown answers, develops more leadership, and ultimately transforms the way you’re functioning to better align what you know works with where you collectively want to be going.
Sean Carroll
RE-AMP Network Organizing Hub Director

Campaign Planning

The Organizing Hub offers one-off and ongoing consultation on the core building blocks of effective social change, including on:  developing campaign plans, executing specific tactics, building a volunteer program, and creating a power analysis. 

Contact to discuss planning support

Also review our collection of written resources

Trainings, Workshops, Peer Learning Circles

The Organizing Hub hosts skills-building trainings led by RE-AMP members and external partners, workshops that bring together RE-AMP members to strategize collectively, as well as Peer Learning Circles that bring together a cohort of leaders to learn from each other over the course of several months. 

Past programming includes:

Jessica Raven, Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and Mysti Babineau, Climate Justice Organizer with MN 350, developed this training, held in September 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, looking at centering marginalized voices in environmental organizing, making our environmental spaces safe and open for everyone, and strategies for building relationships without tokenizing people or co-opting the work of others.

This strategy session, in May of 2018, brought together leaders from across the region to collectively explore key components to partnership-building that creates unity between rural and urban communities, with a focus creating a shared vision and developing shared leadership.

Also read:  “The Rural Urban Divide: A Report On What We’re Learning” 

From November 2017 to April 2018, The RE-AMP Organizing Hub convened a cohort of RE-AMP members from seven states to learn from each other with the guidance of two facilitators. The learning was shared back to the network in multiple ways including a written report.  The curriculum included strategy development, messaging, and creating a toolbox of how-to execute tactics in both rural and urban communities. 

Co-hosted by the Climate Advocacy Lab and the RE-AMP Organizing in November 2017, this workshop explored research-based resources to better understand where we have power and practical tools for planning campaigns. 

RE-AMP members came together from February through July of 2017, to develop, test and analyze research questions using social science tools and social science research from the Climate Advocacy Lab. Experimentation topics included testing social media messages and researching stakeholders

Contact for materials from these trainings or to connect with RE-AMP members working on these issues

Webinar Series

The Organizing Hub’s webinar series covers a range of topics focused building stronger organizations and developing more effective campaigns.    

Equitably decarbonizing the Midwest requires us to build partnerships and create a shared vision for solving climate change across both urban and rural communities.  Over the past two years, The RE-AMP Network has brought together dozens of members in a variety of forums to have strategic conversations about rural and urban unity, looking at an overall theory of how change can happen and what it takes to execute specific tactics.  This webinar recaps what’s been done to explore this topic through the network, share the insights that have been uncovered, and open up a discussion about where the climate movement needs to be going.



Presenters:  Sean Carroll, The RE-AMP Network, and Lu Nelsen, The Center for Rural Affairs

Alice Thomas of Refugees International, discusses how climate change affects displacement & migration, what the legal and policy landscape looks like, and how environmental and refugee organizations can work together.

Presenter:  Alice Thomas, Climate Displacement Program Manager, Refugees International

Date:  October, 2018

This “webinar potluck” brought together public health advocates and climate change advocates. Like a neighborhood potluck, the goals was to meet people and everyone brought something to share.  After an overview Mara Herman from the Ecology Center, the webinar potluck was a space for public health advocates and climate change advocates to explore ways to work together, share information and connections they can offer, and learn from each other.

Presenter:  Mara Herman, Health Outreach Coordinator, Ecology Center

Date:  September, 2018

The webinar shares the story of four emergency preparedness events held over the course of one year by community members in North and Northeast Minneapolis, MN.  The community conversations were led by residents, and engaged agencies, experts, advocates and professionals in a culturally relevant way on climate change, what it is, it’s impact and how to be better prepared for it.  

Presenter:  Tanessa Lewis, Community Advocate and Volunteer of the Northside Neighborhood Hub

Date:  September, 2018

Race Forward’s Rachael DeCruz provides instruction and practice on how to use a racial equity toolkit within policy, program and budget decision-making processes, and how to apply this tool to your own topics you would like to assess from a racial equity perspective. Rachael DeCruz is the Vice President of Policy at the new Race Forward.  Race Forward’s mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences.

Presenter: Rachael DeCruz, VP of Policy, Race Forward

Date:  May, 2018

The webinar explores what it takes to gain a deeper, genuine understanding of climate change as an environmental health issue and what it can look like to engage frontline communities in a meaningful way.  This includes what it means to understand environmental health through ground-up, participatory research and bi-directional communication, and how to identify partners taking this approach to environmental health research in your state.  We talk through examples and the principles behind building relationships with communities impacted by environmental health issues. 

Presenter: Presented by Brian D. Smith, II, Community Engagement with The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Date:  May, 2018

Marcus Franklin and Marnese Jackson from the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program provide an introduction on how to approach policy issues from an equity and intersectional perspective, while highlighting NAACP’s “Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning Indicators Guide” and “Just Energy Policies and Practices Action Toolkit and Model Policy Guide.” 

Presenters:  Marcus Franklin, Research and Systems Manager, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP

Date:  April, 2018

Sunrise Movement is building an army of young people to engage during the 2018 election cycle and for the long-term.  Will Lawrence, co-founder and Michigan organizer with Sunrise, highlighted their theories and principles around recruitment and developing messages.

Presenter:  Will Lawrence, Sunrise Movement

Date: March, 2018

Written Resource Library

The Rural-Urban Divide: A Report On What We're Learning

This report compiles the insights of a couple dozen RE-AMP members who convened in several forums over a year-and-a-half, and explore how do we develop better campaign planning, partnership-building, execute different campaign tactics to create unity across rural and urban communities?

Grassroots Tactics Planning Guide

A how-to and when-to guide for 20+ grassroots tactics based on the expertise and best practices of RE-AMP member organizations

The Art of Campaign Planning: How to Design a Successful Campaign and Win

A guide to putting together effective issue campaigns, based on a review of campaign plans and planning processes, interview with campaign planners, and review of campaign planning literature.

Power Analysis for State Tables

A guide for analyzing your power as a coalition.

More guides and reports (accessible to members only)

Volunteer Planning:  Supplement to the Webinar: “Building Organizational Capacity Through Volunteers” (2017)

Grasstops Development Guide

Power Mapping Best Practices 

 2015 Advocacy Database Report

Soulmates: How Secular and Faith Groups Can Go Beyond “Engagement” to Become True Partners (2015) 

Voter File FAQ (2015)

Coalition Ground Rules Discussion Guide (2015)

Power Assessment Guide 

Campaign Communications Planning Worksheet 

Tools for Facilitators

Purpose mapping is a tool for leaders to facilitate a strategic conversation around the purpose of an action, a program, or even an organization.  

View a full tutorial on purpose mapping, including when to use it and how to facilitate a purpose mapping exercise, from The Hubert Project: an open source, digital database of tools for public affairs educators and practitioners.

For those looking to facilitate a purpose-mapping exercise for a group in different locations, there are many online causal mapping tools, including, Popplet, or Mindmeister (**note: online tools like these change, are updated, or can go out of date quickly, and so it’s best to search for additional mind-mapping or casual mapping tools.  This list was published in February 2019)

Example purpose map of a professional development training program:



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