This page contains a list of various tactics that activists use to make change happen. Note that you do not have to choose one particular tactic. The most successful movements use a combination of tactics and allow people to contribute to the cause in their own way.
Many of the tactics below require you to assemble many people. Make sure to check out our chapter about collective action to find out more about this topic.
You can contribute: This handbook is written by people like you. Feel free to add tactics you know! Use this tactic page template if you are creating a new page. Find out more about how to contribute.
This section was based on the chapter 'Using your power' in Youth Activist Toolkit, by Advocates for Youth (2019)
Here are some quick steps to help you decide what tactics to use:
Below, you will find a long list of tactics. We have made it easier to browse through all tactics by categorising them. If you have one particular tactic in mind, it might be easier to use our built in search engine
Protesting is great way to attract the attention of the public, either by gathering a large crowd or by doing something out of the ordinary.
Activism can be beautiful. By using creative tactics you can make your movement stand out from the crowd.
There are many ways of digital activism. Some of them include sharing pictures and stories, building a network or sharing a certain hashtag, getting as many people as possible to sign a petition.
Sometimes having a conversation is better than shouting slogans. Informational tactics are there to start a public debate about certain topics, in the hope that the outcome of the debate will lead to societal change.
By joining existing institutions one can make change happen from within. Institutional tactics create societal change while following the rules of the existing system.
At Activist Handbook, we are mostly concerned with empowering people.