A list of useful websites, organisations, guides, books, mailing lists and other resources to support your organisation's communications.
Strengthening our ability to communicate effectively is an important priority in ILGA-Europe’s work.
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Framing Equality Toolkit
How to Test your Communications
This is a resource to help you test your messages. It is designed for campaigners who have little or no experience with message testing. You can use this guide if you’re working with a research company and want to be able to explain what you need and make sense of what they provide. You can also use it to get more involved in testing messages yourself.
Strategic communications webinar series
Choosing the right words - Building narratives for LGBTI equality
“I know what I want to say, but not how best to say it!” – does that sound familiar to you?
This interactive webinar took place on 8 May 2018 as the first in a series of webinars on strategic communications, organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer and Valeria Santostefano, Senior Programmes & Policy Officer at ILGA-Europe.
You hear from three people who played leading roles in strategic communications work in Europe and in other regions: Thalia Zepatos, from Freedom to Marry Global, Political consultant and former director of research and messaging at Freedom to Marry, Allison Jernow, Director of the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Program at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director at ILGA-Europe.
Speakers share their perspectives on how strategic communication is relevant for the LGBTI movement in a rapidly changing environment. We also discuss examples of communication from different regions, and we look into ways in which activists and organisations can increase their capacity and overcome challenges.
Framing equality - Tools and experiences from the LGBTI movement
ILGA-Europe hosted this interactive webinar on framing messages for LGBTI equality on 22 May 2018 as the second in a series of webinars on strategic communications, organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer and Valeria Santostefano, Senior Programmes & Policy Officer at ILGA-Europe.
We look into how to clarify our vision and goals when approaching strategic communication and how to better understand our audiences in order to be able to develop effective messages. Best practices of campaigns was also presented together with very practical recommendations on how to – and not to – frame LGBTI equality.
You hear from Bec Sanderson, researcher at the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), which has partnered with ILGA-Europe in developing the Framing Equality Toolkit and the Testing Guide recently published. Katarzyna Remin, Social Change Team Manager at Campaign Against Homophobia (Poland) and Anastasia Danilova, Executive Director at GENDERDOC-M (Moldova).
How to test your communications - Tools and experiences from the LGBTI movement
When we communicate we usually know what we want to say and the change we want to make. But how do we know it is going to work? That’s where testing comes in!
ILGA-Europe hosted this interactive webinar on message testing for LGBTI activists and allies on 29 June 2018 as the third in a series of webinars on strategic communications. Organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer at ILGA-Europe, the webinar looks into how to choose your methodology, find the right sample and do testing with small budget. Also best practices of testing were presented together with very practical recommendations on how to – and not to – test your messages LGBTI equality.
You hear from Bec Sanderson, researcher at the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC, UK), which has partnered with ILGA-Europe in developing the Framing Equality Toolkit and the Testing Guide recently published. Simon Maljevac, LGBT activist and politician (Slovenia), Raffaele Boiano and Daniela Ferrazza, respectively co-founder and researcher at the user experience design agency Fifth Beat (Italy).
Message framing for legal gender recognition based on self-determination
ILGA-Europe hosted an interactive webinar on message framing for LGBTI activists and allies working on legal gender recognition based on self-determination on 11 September 2018. We looked into the experience of activists around the globe and put into practice the framing techniques we explored in the previous webinars of the strategic communication series.
On the webinar, you hear from Mauro Cabral Grinspan, Executive Director of GATE; Sarah Phillips, Chair of TENI; Richard Koehler, Senior Policy Officer at TGEU, and Viktor Heumann, Director of Trans*parent.
Please contact ILGA-Europe Senior Campaign and Programmes Officer Laura Piazza at email@example.com to receive the recording of this webinar.
Campaigning and message framing for intersex rights
In December 2018, ILGA-Europe hosted the fifth interactive webinar of the strategic communication series. The webinar focused on campaigning and message framing for LGBTI activists and allies working on intersex rights.
We looked into the experience of activists around Europe and put into practice the framing techniques we explored in the previous webinars of the strategic communication series and we .
On the webinar, you hear from Audrey Aegerter, InterAction - Switzerland, Alessandro Comeni, OII-Italy, Irene Kuzemko, Intersex Russia and Loé Petit Collectif Intersexes et Allié.e.s. – OII France. The webinar was organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer at ILGA -Europe.
European Elections webinar series
In April 2019, ILGA-Europe hosts three interactive webinars of the European elections series. The webinars focus on supporting LGBTI organisations' work around elections generally, providing tools, inspirations and good practices.
The first interactive webinar series focuses on advocacy and alliance building, and agenda setting for LGBTI rights.
You hear from Mirka Makuchowska, KPH - Poland, Marta Ramos, ILGA Portugal and Alexander Hammelburg, COC Netherlands. The webinar was organised by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer at ILGA -Europe and moderated by Juliana Teoh, Advocacy Officer at ILGA-Europe.
To access this webinar, please contact Juliana Teoh at firstname.lastname@example.org
The second interactive webinar series focuses on creative tools and ideas to give visibility to LGBTI issues around elections.
You hear from Vincenzo Braná, Arcigay - Italy, Teodora Rosetti-Ion-Rotaru, Accept - Romania and Aurore Foursy, Inter-LGBT - France. The webinar was organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer at ILGA -Europe.
The third interactive webinar series focuses on how to mobilise LGBTI communities around elections.
You hear from Lana Gobec, Legebitra - Slovenia, and Monika Pisankaneva, Bilitis - Bulgaria. The webinar was organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer at ILGA -Europe.
Beautiful Rising seeks to strengthen the capacity, creativity, and effectiveness of social movements, activist groups, and civil society organizations to achieve lasting social change. It contains stories, methodologies and tactics than can inspire your campaigns. https://beautifulrising.org/
The Reclaiming family values guide is a resource elaborated by human rights activists and funders. It offers real examples and guiding suggestions to help progressive activists and funders place family equality at the heart of their work. http://www.reclaimingfamilyvalues.eu/
MAP explores the principles of effective communications for the LGBT movement and provides resources and information about how LGBT organizations can frame issues and run communications campaigns that move equality forward. http://www.lgbtmap.org/effective-messaging
This website tells the story of how the Freedom to Marry campaign transformed the US. It contains inspiring stories and lessons learnt from the US Freedom to Marry campaign, from vision and strategy, to digital media and fundraising. http://www.freedomtomarry.org/
Global Nonviolent Action database provides free access to information about hundreds of cases of nonviolent action for learning and for citizen action. We research campaigns that have reached a point of completion. The cases are drawn from all continents and most countries. People are shown struggling for human rights, economic justice, democracy, national and ethnic identity, environmental sustainability, and peace. https://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/
MobLab is a global innovation, training, and research hub dedicated to equip campaigners around the world with the strategies, tools, tactics, and partners needed to win in the digital era. http://www.mobilisationlab.org/ Check out also their rich resource page https://mobilisationlab.org/resources/
Bootcamp started as a one off event designed to shake up the campaign sector. Since then it's evolved into an organisation that runs regular campaign trainings for activists from all walks of life. https://www.campaignbootcamp.org/
Training for Change is a training and capacity building organization for campaigners, activists and organizers. They call their approach Direct Education. It builds on the wisdom of people’s lived experience, it focuses on participant-centered practice and is oriented toward action. https://www.trainingforchange.org/
Momentum is a training institute and movement incubator. It is committed to teaching and learning the craft of popular movements fighting for justice, giving grassroots organizers the tools to build massive, decentralized social movements that aim to shift the terrain under policymakers’ feet. https://www.momentumcommunity.org/
The Center for Artistic Activism is a place to explore, analyse, and strengthen connections between social activism and artistic practice. The project includes webinars and training program. https://artisticactivism.org/
Global Change Lab is a training hub for global activists which, among other things, helps in improving skills of campaigners. http://www.globalchangelab.org/en/
CampaignCon is an annual global skill-sharing event where activists, technologists, organisations and social movements share ideas, co-create and hone good practices through participatory exploration of modern campaigning theory and practice. https://campaigncon.org/
Common Cause is a network of people working to rebalance cultural values, creating a more equitable, sustainable and democratic society. The network’s work, drawing on extensive collaboration with some of the world’s leading social psychologists, is establishing key principles and insights to achieve this. You can download resources including common cause handbook and communication toolkit. http://valuesandframes.org/downloads/
SOGI Campaigns is new a project providing activists with skills and inspiration to develop creative and effective public campaigning and build a network of fellows and friends. http://sogicampaigns.org/
IDAHOT Creative Protest is a community of creative activists who dialogue on tactics, ideas, tools, and everything it takes to develop successful and fun actions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/IDAHOTcreative.protest/