This is the study guide for Module 2 of the 2015 School for Health and Care Radicals: Building alliances for change
A golden rule for change activists: You can’t be a radical on your own. This module gives you an understanding of the power of working together by exploring communities of practice and social movements. We identify techniques for connecting with our own and others values and emotions to create a call for action.
•Why we can’t be radicals on our own: building communities for change
–What is a community and how can you find power within communities?
•What can we learn from leaders of social movements?
–The power of one, the power of many
–Calls to action – what are they and how are they powerful?
–What are the characteristics of people or groups within effective social movements?
–How to create change at scale
–What is strategy in this context and how can we define resources?
•Effective framing: telling our stories
–What is framing?
–How to connect with people to take action – connecting with emotions through values
–Creating your narrative and the power of telling stories
•Bridging disconnected groups
–Strong vs. weak ties
•Building your own community
–Who are your communities?
–How to build new communities
Questions for reflection from this module:
•What learning and inspiration can you take from social movement leaders to help you in your role as an agent of change in health and care?
•How will you attract the attention of the people you want to call to action?
•Who are the people who are currently disconnected that you want to unite in order to achieve your goal for change? How can you build a sense of “us” with them?
Call to action from this module:
• Identify which communities you are currently part of and how you can utilise your existing communities for change.
• Reflect on who else you would like to be part of your community for change and take action to connect with them.
• Create your narrative or “call to action” to win other people to your cause.