Networks, Alliances, and Coalitions

Black Lives Matter caught momentum when co-founder Alicia Garza posted a love letter to Black people on Facebook, in the aftermath of the murder of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Alicia Garza knew that it was not the hashtag that ignited the movement. Only people, organized en masse, can inspire and sustain social change.

Networks, alliances, and coalitions are the backbone of all social movements. These people-powered structures help identify immediate and long-term campaign goals, timelines, targets, and outcomes. Imagine the power and reach that is possible when a network, alliance or coalition is aligned around advancing a policy initiative, versus just one organization.

The resources below demonstrate examples of diverse organizations coming together, based on geography or issue. [...]

Case Studies

Collaboration Resources

Concepts and Analysis

Network Resources

Partnerships Resources


“The world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what's possible. Rather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections.”

~ Margaret Wheatley


Executive Directors of Color Relationships and Resilience Collective – State Voices

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