Training is an integral part of any campaign. The Act-Recruit-Train cycle is a great way to think about your campaign structure, and training is what makes it possible to repeat the cycle over and over again, and grow the size and impact of your work.
At it’s core, training is teaching — a way to pass along skills and political frameworks, develop leaders, and share the work more equitably with your team.
Make sure to practice and think through how to break it down to someone new. Asking questions to training participants is key — tap into what the people you’re training already know.
More advanced training, like facilitating a full-day strategy session or leading an anti-oppression training, takes lots of skill and practice. Please consider bringing in an outside trainer or attending a training for trainers to develop your own skills.
Say you and your team have collected 100 petition signatures, and recruited five new people who want to join the campaign. Now it’s time to train them!
Start with a one-on-one to understand how their personal experiences drew them to divestment work in the first place.