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Collective Action Resource Library

What is Collective Action?   

A community-led process for advancing equity and achieving social change.

It’s the movement of a group of people impacted by and impacting a challenge who share power, trust, resources, and effort to achieve a common purpose.

Collective Action Resources

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Collective Action Backbone Roles and Functions

Additional Collective Action Resources

Collective Action Projects

Biogen STAR Initative in Somerville and Cambridhe Public Schools

Reducing Infant Mortality Rate and Disparities in Maternal Health in Guilford County, NC

Increasing Community Wealth in Springfield, MA with the Mass Mutual Foundation

Boston WINs (Workforce Investment Network) in Boston Public Schools

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The Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative

Say Yes Guilford: Building Pathways for Success in Education and Youth Development

Collective Action Backbone Learning Series

In 2023, Root Cause hosted a free virtual learning series focused on backbone support for collective action work. The three 90-minute workshops in this series are designed to be interactive and practical, with participants engaged in practice and dialogue with backbone teams, Root Cause collective action practitioners, and peers. 

Backbone teams provide critical support infrastructure to collective action initiatives. They play a key role in ensuring that the initiative…

  • Maintains alignment towards the common purpose
  • Commits to a culture and process that is equitable, relationship-driven, trustworthy, and transparent
  • Continuously learns, adjusts, and improves their work together
  • Follows the community’s lead
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Purpose: How to use Collective Action as a flexible, localizable approach to advance equity and systemic change

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Process: How to build backbone team capacity, including how teams center the values that drive the practice and evolution of collective action work

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Practice: Learnings, advice, stories, and tools sourced from those who serve as backbones (or who support the backbones) of collective action work

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