Progressive Tools

2019 WI Grassroots Festival
2018 Our WI Revolution Convention

Documents Used at the above conventions.)

2019 & 2018 WI Grassroots Festival
2019 Handout-Filled In
2019 PowerPoint
Action Projects Handout

These documents are from the workshop entitled, "Grow Your Progressive Power, Now!!"
Handout-Filled In

2018 Grassroots Festival Flyer - Announcing 2 Workshops

2018 Our WI Revolution Convention
These documents are from the workshop entitled, "Raise Your Volunteer IQ to New Heights."
Handout-Filled In

Extra Resources

Volunteers and Politics
Volunteer Recruitment-Dos & Don'ts for Coordinators
Best Practices for Management of Volunteers
8 Deadly Sins of Volunteer Recruitment & Management

* How to Organize Your (Political) House Party!

How to Canvass - Best Practices (Handout for volunteers)
Best Time to Canvass,
Texting for GOTV

* How to Leave a Voice Mail Message

How to Write a Donation Thank You,   

Power and Politics
* Koch Manefesto, PDF Doc
19 Power Principles for Progressives , PDF Doc
Eric Liu (Youtube Video) ,TED-Ed, 7:01 Minutes,
Eric Liu (TedTalks Video) Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power
    TED Talks, 17:29 Minutes

Public Speaking
* Public Speaking for Progressives (Planning Guide), PDF Doc
* Top Ten Tips for Public Speakers, PDF Doc
Check out Toastmasters International and join a local club ( You can vist several clubs for free!)

How to Lobby Your Legislator (With Values) , PDF Doc
Progressive Communication-Use Metaphors for Improved Advocacy , PDF Doc
Lobbying or Not? , PDF Doc
Lobbying & Thinking PDF Doc
Reflective Listening & Lobbying: Feelings and Values Inventory , PDF Doc

George Lakoff Video (YouTube Video) , Presentation Entitled:
   "The Present Political Divide: What To Do Now,"1:23:16, 03/27/2017
Frame for the Future , Web Site (Scott Wittkopf)
Moral Roots of Librals and Conservatives , Jonathan Haidt, TED Talks, 18:33

The Ultimate Webinar: 36 Planning Tips for Success, PDF Doc
Developing Facilitation Skills for Meetings , PDF Doc
Brainwriting for Creativity , PDF Doc
26 Ways to Make Meetings More Productive (and Fun) , PDF Doc

Media Bias PDF Doc
* How to Spot Fake News , PDF Doc

Required Reading for Progressives
Democracy In Chains, (The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, Nancy MacLean
Dark Money (The Hidden History of the Billionairees Behind the Rise of the Radical Right), Jane Mayer

Required Video for Progressives
Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore (Social, economic, and political impact of Trump's victory).
The Big Short, Adam McKay (Based on the book: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis)
Active Measures, Jack Bryan, (Documentary about Russian manipulations of Americans)

Other Recommended Reading
Saul Alinsky, Reveille for Radicals, New York: Vintage, 1989
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, New York: Vintage, 1989
Robert Cialdini Books
Marshall Ganz, Why David Sometimes Wins, New York, Oxford University Press, 2009
Thom Hartmann Books
Jeremy Heimans (Author),‎ Henry Timms, New Power: How Power Works in Our 
    Hyperconnected World--and How to Make It Work for You, Hardcover – April 3, 2018

Si Kahn Books
George Lakoff Books
Eric P. Liu Books
Liz McKenna and Hahrie Han, Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 million Volunteers
    Transformed Campaigning in America, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Joseph Nye, Power to Lead
Sun Tzu, Art of War
David Walls, Community Organizing, Polity Press, 2015.

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