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Responsible Citizens' Handbook

A guide to understanding power and organizing movements

Table of Contents

Achieving Literacy

This section (or its subsections, e.g. Rhetoric) should likely include a list of seminal introductory overview books which are relevant irrespective of the cause and movement. For instance, Aristotle’s Rhetoric:

  • Game Theory - Modeling and predicting outcomes
  • Power - Recognizing it, understanding who has it, it’s limits, incentives, leverage, and tactics for achieving and controlling it
  • Rhetoric - Decomposing arguments and recognizing fallacy

Choosing a cause

Deciding what you are, and are not

Picking a Movement Structure

  • Types of Movements
  • Case studies
    • Which movements have worked (under what circumstances)
      • Fight for $15
    • Which movements have failed (under what circumstances)

How to Induct Members

  • What roles are needed in a movement
  • Criteria for joining
    • What should people believe
    • What commitment should people make
    • What rules are members expected to follow

How to Arrive at consensus

  • How to reconcile ideological differences
    • At time of induction via process?
    • “Firing” soon and often?
    • Process for dispute resolution?

How to Organize and Mobilize People

How to move the general populus (non-members) towards action

How to Protect Members and Be Defensible

  • Know your rights, study the law and industry regulation

How and When to Act

  • Designing a campaign
  • Coordinating with other groups and getting buy-in

How to Measure Impact

How to Grow, Scale, and Expand

How to Co-exit With Other Organizations Effectively

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