Below are few links to webpages and materials we have visited while developing our understanding of LGBTI community organising.
There are few LGBTI specific materials, but most of the resources focus on community organising in general terms. Some are from NGOs, some are from institutions, and others are websites providing resources or services for community organisers. You may not read the whole lot, but having a look at some of the materials could be helpful.
We haven’t verified the sources or checked in depth that the promoters of such materials are themselves fully in line with our principles. Let us know if you find that some of the materials should not be in such list.
LGBTI community organising
Here are few resources on LGBTI community organising. You may find these examples and insights of some inspiration in your work.
Community organising & social change
When developing our own knowledge in community organising, we explored some of the theory and the practice of community organising. Below are listed few resources we have used. We find particularly relevant in our work put community organising work into the context of social change. Here we present the Community development approach. It is surely not the only nor necessarily the best attempt to theorise around the role of community organising in bringing about change. However, in this context it seems to us particularly helpful to understand the complexity of such work.
- INFED - This page links to articles that explore some of the main concepts used when talking about community work. Reading some of them helped us getting some more insight on the topics around the session.
- Paulo Freire - Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Doug Reeler – Facilitating Social Change
- Centre for developmental practices – Community Development Resource association
Tools for community organisers and beyond
Depending on the activities you are organising, it is important to realise that a core set of skills is required. Here are some websites and materials we find particularly interesting.
Here you’ll find tools to work with communities. There are also insights on strategic planning, leadership, participation, advocacy, etc. It can be very helpful, but it still requires some work to explore and get acquainted with the tools and the processes they propose. You may look at it when planning events, consultations or when you plan to plan.
- Ontario Health Community Coalition – Community Development strategies Course
This is an online course that takes little time and provides an overview of the concepts, values and strategies of community development in the health sector. Interesting if you want to explore more and have a view on what community development entails in a broader sense. You’ll find exercises and more links to websites and materials.
Facilitation skills & working with groups
Suggestions included facilitation, understanding group dynamics, and understanding and knowing ourselves. The way in which we facilitate discussions makes a big difference in how participatory, open and respectful the pace is. You can share your position, or you can ask participants their view, acknowledging different approaches and views on things. Is important to know your own limits – and to acknowledge when you need further help, further training and perhaps even when you need to take a break from the work you are doing. There are many resources written in all languages which can serve as guides to develop facilitation skills, understanding what is going on in groups and how you might prepare for handling the dynamics that will emerge.
- Seeds for Change
In this website you’ll find many resources about working with group, facilitation, decision making process and other skills.
- Patricia Prendiville - Developing Facilitation Skills A handbook for group facilitators
- Council of Europe – Human Rights Education Youth Resources
This Council of Europe website collects many relevant resources when it comes to Human Rights Education. The many activities proposed are an important source of inspiration when it comes to methods, approaches, etc.
Suggested materials are:
- Council of Europe – Manual for Facilitators in non-formal education
- Council of Europe – Domino: A manual for peer group education
Conflicts management & Self care
Community organisers identified understanding and dealing with conflict as a core skill. What causes conflicts and how people behave in conflict situations are both necessary for identifying how the conflict might be ‘managed’. It is important to also see conflict as being a normal part of community organising – it happens everywhere, can be managed and can be resolved. Ignoring it is not helpful! Resources for developing your understanding and facilitation of conflict are provided below.
Sustainability and organisational development
Knowing how organisations and groups come into being, how they develop over time and what can be done to lead and plan such development seem to us an essential aspect of sustainability within the LGBTI movement.