Diversity & Anti-Oppression

Diversity Interviews

How to assist a marginalized individual or subgroup in your workshop to become integrated into the group, and also how to assist the mainstream in your workshop to learn more deeply about difference. This one is best done if you first of all experience it as a participant in a TFC workshop or with another qualified trainer.

Mainstream & Margin
Power Shuffle
Walking Across the Room

Diversity exercise, also called "Crossing the line" Goal To increase awareness of difference in the group To increase awareness in individuals of their own 


Team Building

Stepping Stones

to provide a group challenge and help build team work.
45-60 minutes
Special Materials
Small scraps of carpet/fabric or, if not available, pieces of paper (preferable thick).
Have at least two facilitators, depending on size, to watch the group, enforce rules, and help with debrief
How It's Done

Team Types


give participants' an opportunity for self-reflection on behavior and type
help participants work together as a team through understanding each other more deeply
give participants another "lens" for looking and working with each other.

Task and Maintenance: What makes groups work?

Handout on Task and Maintenance (great for people who want to lead this tool)


developing awareness in participants around the two different types of leadership in groups (task and maintenance);
help participants identify their tendencies and learning edges around their own leadership.

Ankle Walk


Organizing & Strategy

Cómo facilitar “llevando un discurso en la calle”

Cómo facilitar charlas en público en la calle
Manejar el miedo, practicar el desarrollo del liderazgo, mejorar el marco de los argumentos en la calle— ¡una herramienta fantástica y tan poco utilizada!

Creating a Menu of Tasks

Event Planning for Leadership Development
Going through this exercise can help you identify what tasks are essential to event planning and where there is opportunity for skill-building and leadership development. Follow the questions – when done you can appropriately delegate tasks or volunteer for roles based on a sense of the big picture, as well as the opportunities for skill building.

What is the event you are planning?
What are the goals of event?

How to Facilitate Street Speaking

Handling fear, practicing leadership development, honing your framing on the streets -- a fantastic, underused tool!

Moving your Allies

This exercise is meant as a follow-up to the Spectrum of Allies exercise. We develop arguments and one specific request to move a given constituency one wedge over to our side. We then roleplay the interaction.
A follow-up to Spectrum of Allies
This exercise is meant as a follow-up to the Spectrum of Allies exercise. We develop arguments and one specific request to move a given constituency one wedge over to our side. We then roleplay the interaction.
Running the exercise

Meeting Facilitation & Better Trainings

Meeting Facilitation: The No-Magic Method

Back by popular demand, Berit Lakey's "No Magic Method": guidelines that will go a long way toward helping your group to meet both joyfully and productively.

Download a copy of 'Meeting Facilitation the No-Magic Method'

By Berit Lakey
Meetings are occasions when people come together to get something done, whether it is sharing information or making decisions. They may be good, bad or indifferent.
Some of the ingredients of good meetings are:

Fishbowl: "Worst meeting ever..."


La Pecera: "La Peor Reunión..."


Fishbowl: "Worst Meeting Ever . . . "

Nonviolent Action

Village Exercise


give participants’ an experience of nonviolent action, specifically social defense
build the container through shared experiences
provide a group challenge

Street Speaking

1. Announce -- with delighted anticipation! -- that the group is going to do street speaking. Allow or even encourage lots of emotional reaction. Ask how many people feel nervous, scared, etc. Normalize and give full permission for people to express their fears. Tell how scared you were, etc. Emphasize that dealing with fear is one objective. If the group is highly responsible and self-aware, I make this announcement before a meal so people can work on their resistance over the meal. If not, I announce right on the spot and facilitate every minute.

Frameworks for Social Change

Frameworks can assist us in thinking about "what's next" for us and contextualizingour day-to-day work. These three frameworks are for understanding how campaigns and movements change over time.

Vision Gallery


Third-party Nonviolent Intervention

Deterrence Relay Race


give participants' insight into how third-party nonviolent intervention (TPNI) operates on the ground
help participants learn more theory of TPNI.

Handout: Set of Cards to run the relay race

Handout: Suggested Answers to the Deterrence Relay Race

Three Applications - Relay Race

Handout: More about the three applications, including stories

Example Scenarios: Three Applications of Nonviolent Action Scenarios (based in US situations)


help participants learn the theory of three applications of nonviolent action;
expose participants to how to apply that to better understanding a range of situations

Spectrum of Peacework


Presence Skills Arena


increase flexibility in applying presence;
develop confidence and experience in responding to a range of difficult scenarios;
practice using a video camera (optional).
2-3 hours
Special Materials

Video cameras (enough for a ratio of 1 camera for every 4-5 people)
Video players (some way for the group to watch the video they captured, preferably at the same ratio) [optional]
Presence Skills Arena Set of Instructions (below)

Other Tools . . .

Banner Making for Activists 101

by Anne Ewing
In demonstrations, vigils and anywhere else you are making a public statement, banners are terrifically useful. They tell who you are and either graphically or by their presence in a place, declare your intent.
They also help you get a group together in a large gathering, or focus the TV cameras, as well as catching the eye of other, related groups that may want to associate themselves with you.

Sustaining Self-Care: a tool for personal awareness


The State Budget Crisis


increased comfortability with numbers and the state budgeting process;
understanding of how budgets are an expression of our values;
increased confidence their own programs to defend them; and
greater understanding of the tension and pressure under legislators (empathy).