Social change is a complex process. The resources provided here are oriented to supporting you in understanding you to best make positive social change in your communities. If you have resources you think should be considered for this section please contact David Osborn – dosborn (at) We strive to list the best resources available and want to create an up to date and powerful array of tools to assist and support your social change work.


Resources for Understanding Social Change

Solnit, R. (2005) Hope in the Dark: The Untold History of People Power. Canongate.


Resources for General Social Change Skills and Approaches

Hilary, M. and Russel, J.K. (2011) Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis. PM Press.

Bobo, K. A., Max, S., Bobo, K. and Kendal, J. (2010) Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists. The Forum Press.


Resources for Group Dynamics and Facilitation

Kaner, S. (2007). Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. New Society Publishers.

Starhawk (2011) The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. New Society Publishers.


Selected Critiques and Analyses of Social Change from Movement Participants

Occupy Wall Street – Technology Operations Group. (2011) “Three Complaints About OWS”. Online -

Freeman, J. (1970). The Tyranny of Structurelessness. Print/Zine/Online –


Online Resources from Social Change or Training Groups

Seeds for Change (UK) – Consensus and Facilitation –

The Change Agency (Australia) – Social Action Skills – 01_cms/details.asp?ID=60

Starhawk (USA) – Resources for Activism Trainers –

Lisa Fithian, Organizing for Power (USA) – Resources and Trainings –


Handouts from Previous Workshops

Working Together for Social Change: Workshop on Collective Action and Group Dynamics – David Osborn – November 15th, 2012