From Activist Handbook

This page contains various action tactics that your movement could use to achieve particular goals. Activist organisations can use multiple tactics at the same time.

Choosing the right tactic

When working in activism, there are many tactics to choose from. It’s important to know which tactic is the most effective for reaching your intended goal. Choosing the wrong tactic will not only not help you achieve the goal but also has a risk of making people unhappy. However, the right tactic, if executed correctly, is very effective.

It's also always important to be aware of the risks that come with each tactic. You must also know iif it's possible to execute your chosen tactic with the human resources and logistics you have at your disposal.

Types of tactics

Here's a list of the most common tactics that activists use in their work. Feel free to add tactics you know!

  • Protests: Protesting is one of the most effective tactics. It is a great way to mobilise people and attract the attention of media. To organise a great protest action you must first understand what kind of action you would like to carry out. Check out the various types of protests.
  • Petitions: A document with a request, usually addressed to government officials or public entities.
  • Door-to-door: A tactic where people walk from door to door advertising their product or services. Often used by salesmen it's also a tool of campaigning.
  • Whistleblowing: Whistleblowing is an exposal of any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public.