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Tools for Mobilization

Knowing how to host an effective conversation, facilitate a decision-making process, and communicate respectfully is incredibly important when working to create lasting and positive changes in our communities. Getting the theory behind these concepts is the first step, and then it’s time to practice! To help you with this process, here are some great resources from experts both within and beyond McGill.


McGill Resources

Facilitation Resources

Organizational Change Resources

Leadership Insitiutes


McGill Resources

Sustainability Workshops

The Sustainability Workshop series aims to empower and connect student leaders, as well as build stronger ties between the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) and the student sustainability community.

Campus Life and Engagement Leadership Workshops

CLE’s Emerging Leaders program and leadership workshops are the perfect place for undergrad and graduate students to gather skills for making positive change.



Safer Spaces Workshops

A regular schedule of trainings for staff, faculty, and graduate students where facilitators and participants address challenging topics like discrimination openly and honestly.



Changemakers Toolkit

This helpful guide, put together by student volunteers, will help you find your place in the McGill sustainability scene.



Community Action Toolkit

This great program provides everything you need to start volunteering locally, including advising, support, and resources like bus and metro tickets.


Facilitation Resources

A Toolkit for Planning and Implementing Deliberations

An open-source toolkit from the University of Alberta offering everything you need to know about hosting a large-scale conversation skillfully.

Art of Facilitation

A short introduction to the art of effective facilitation and why it matters from the University of Illinois.

Download the PDF here

Ruckus Society

A how-to guide for strategizing action from the Ruckus Society.

The Art of Hosting

A starting point for learning more about The Art of Hosting’s approach to leadership based in dialogue, including videos, links, and reading lists.

Visit the website

[Video] The Art of Hosting: The Four-Fold Practice

Mobilisation Lab

An anatomy of people-powered campaigns developed by Greenpeace.



Organizational Change Resources


Organization Unbound

A suite of resources to help you and other members of your organization, initiative, or community reimagine how we think about and engage in social change.

Visit the website

[Video] Social Innovation from the Inside Out

Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed

A book for those looking to understand systems and bring about transformative change in their communities and organizations.

More info about the book

[Video] Education Book Review: Getting to Maybe

Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

A meticulously detailed volume, offering everything you need to host decision-making sessions that feel good and lead to positive outcomes.

Read the full second edition online

[Video] Participatory Decision-Making in Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations



Leadership Insitiutes

Rockwood Leadership Institute

The Rockwood Leadership Institute specializes in delivering best practices and methods in leadership development to the non-profit community.
A meticulously detailed volume from the University of Alberta, offering everything you need to host decision making sessions that feel good and lead to positive outcomes.

Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute is interested in applying the transformative power of contemplation to today's social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future.

Visit the website

[Video] Peter Senge: Thinking and the Gap Between Aspirations and Perfromance

Ashoka Canada

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

Visit the website

[Video] Ashoka Is...

The Breakthrough Institute

The Breakthrough Institute is exploring how we can accelerate the transition to a future where everyone enjoys secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling lives on an ecologically vibrant planet.