Campaign Management and Team Communication Tools

for busy organizers, directors and all the rest of us

For those of us juggling mighty organizing demands with never enough time and resources...this could be one of the most valuable courses ever.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone involved in progressive organizing who wants to get more done with less stress and more joyfulness in their personal or work life.
  • Anyone who wants to find more effective ways to manage and work collaboratively with teams of leaders, volunteers or staff.

Our bias is towards free and low-cost tools.

What we cover:

  1. Why every organizing group should have an intentionally constructed “Tech Stack” and make sure every staffer knows how to use it. We'll make recommendations for Tech Stacks for small to medium-sized organizing groups, groups with chapters and affiliates, and local unions.
  2. Comparing the top 5 campaign and team management tools on the market (2 have useful free versions) and how to decide which is right for you
  3. Trello for campaign and team management. We'll demo advanced tips and tricks and provide dashboard templates useful for campaigns, foundation outreach and other common uses. Track deadlines for your entire team with an excellent add-on.
  4. Options for larger more complex team needs, including free/reduced rates for non-profits.
  5. Our favorite free meeting scheduling app and comparison info with others in use and the additional feature that may be worth paying for.
  6. Team communication tools: what to use when
  7. Slack for team communication - best practices and use cases, and when other apps may work better
  8. Admin email protocols to help you stay organized and stress-free
  9. The best browser tab management app if you're a multi-tasking tab power user who craves more efficiency
  10. Our favorite editorial calendar, and some different methods groups use to stay organized and meet posting deadlines
  11. The godsend tool that tracks which emails we missed responding to, and who needs to be "re-ping'ed" because they haven't responded yet.
  12. Implementation! How to move your organizational culture towards supporting staff and volunteers to be their most effective and joyful selves!

Photo: Demonstrators surround a police vehicle during a march demanding an end to sexism and gender violence in Santiago, Chile 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Comments from registrants:

"A myriad of tools, and the important questions to ask about what you need out of tools, like does it have dependencies features?" - Shalae Flores, Digital Organizer, Lucha

"I loved the concept of the tech stack and the gaps in our systems that were obvious to me after seeing the user cases. I've already told my coworkers they need to see this one and then we should debrief and brainstorm together."

- Megan Hise, Communications Organizer, Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP)

"There are so many tools out there, it is overwhelming to try and research them all , especially as a small organization with limited time. Getting tips on what digital resources are out there and recommended has been invaluable for us."

- Ulla Nilsen, Engagement Director, Minnesota 350

Your Instructor

Micky Jordan
Micky Jordan

Micky is a Black queer and genderqueer visual artist and organizer who has called Richmond, Virginia home for over 20 years. He’s a mostly self-taught designer who has developed his design work with a range of organizing groups. In his current role at Southerners on New Ground (SONG) Micky does both design and larger organizational communications. He joined SONG as a member in 2014, then joined staff to lead campaign work around police accountability and continue to build SONG’s base. Through his work with SONG, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and the LGBT youth center Side by Side, Micky brings in his experiences as a Black queer and trans organizer. He loves art, media, stand up comedy and dreaming about building a safer, beautiful, more affirming world for trans and queer people of color to not just survive in, but thrive in.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now. There’s no end date. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and finish.

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