Freechild's Action Resource Center
Getting the Resources
YOU Need for Social
No one wants to meet
roadblocks, but when we do, we have to know how to
overcome them. The good news? The tools we need
already exist- we just need to tap into them.
Sometimes we have them, sometimes our friends and
family have them, and they are always in our
communities- even when we can't see them.
questions are designed to help you explore why,
what, how, and where you can find the resources you
need to lead social change.
Give careful thought to why and when
you need these resources.
WHO needs to be involved?!?
does our action immediately affect? Who does it
else wants to see change in your community? What do
they stand for? Who and what do they stand against?
What people do we
need to take action? Are we the people most affected
by the problem? Are we engaging the people most
affected? Do we need a small team? A
large crowd? Mass mobilization? City-wide action? A
national effort? A global movement?
What specific jobs can specific people do to get our
Why do we need these
Background researching, phone calling, web
outreach, group meetings.
Who can help us?
Friends, people we know, people we don't know,
felllow students, teachers, college professors,
parents, community activists?
What skills do people
in our community have?
begets hate, violence engenders violence,
hypocrisy is answered by hypocrisy, war
generates war, and love creates love."
WHAT are we trying to accomplish?
WHEN are we trying to make change happen?
have a timeline set?
have reasonable expectations?
we asked people who have done this before?
WHERE are we trying to make change?
is the scope of our action- our neighborhood, city,
state, nation, or is it global? Why work beyond our
does our action immediately affect?
are the traditional places in your community to get
the resources you need? Schools, churches,
businesses, community groups, foundations...
are the nontraditional places in your community to
get the resources you need? Family, friends,
children, youth, seniors, activist groups...
do we get the job done?!?
Do we need to learn
more about the issue? Conduct background research?
Map our community?
What can our culture
provide to our action?
What customs, language, morals, literature, dance,
art, poetry, philosophy, religion, ideals and
rituals can help us?
What physical materials
are needed? Where can we acquire those materials?
What are the instruments, tools, machines, clothes,
or other things we need? Why do we need them?
Do we need space for
our work? Can we meet at someone's house, in our
school, at the community center, or in the park?
What about money?
5 IMPORTANT Points
Document the reasons you need certain items. This
may be useful for future "asks". It might look like
this: "(4) gardening hoes - Two for each community
garden plot" or like this: "Conducted a community
drive for spray paint for a new youth-created
graffiti mural, intended to establish ownership and
belonging for youth downtown."
is the expected outcome if you get what you need?
Make sure you let givers know that, as well as the
recipients of your intended action.
Check out our 7 Steps
for Getting the Resources YOU Need.