From the TUC

Building our Grassroots

19 Mar 2012, By Guest

It might not be controversial to hear that as an organiser I’m passionate about building grassroots activism.  Enabling and empowering people to have a say it what affects them and how they would like to shape the world is a really important part of what we do here at the Organising Academy.

This is why I’m really pleased to be a part of a new venture called Grassroots.

On 26 May in London, trade unions and progressive organisations, who are committed to tackling the big challenges we face right now, will meet to share and hear the most exciting and practical ideas on campaigning, organising and mobilisation. 

Designed to enable activists and campaigners from across the movement, Grassroots will focus on three areas:

Rise up! Building support – How we campaign effectively around issues that demonstrate a need for change.

2, 4, 6, 8: How will people congregate – How can we build membership organisations that engage?

Reaching Out – How do we communicate our messages effectively?

For each theme, there will be three speakers who will be given 20 minutes to put forward their idea and demonstrate its practical use.  After we’ve heard all the ideas, there is a networking session to allow all participants to discuss what they’ve heard and share experiences.

Interested in bring involved?

There are three ways you and your organisation can be involved:

  1. Submit an idea – do you have an idea on one of the themes that you think would be worth sharing?
  2. Be a part on the day – take a stall, add info on the pack or advertise on our website
  3. Advertise to your members and supporters

To register, head over to or you can follow the event on Twitter @grassroots_uk

Look forward to seeing you there!