Our Voices, Our Land: A Guide to Community Based Strategies for Mapping Indigenous Storiesis a toolkit that assists native and tribal communities in using storytelling and mapping for cultural preservation. Many native and tribal communities across the US constantly struggle to protect their land, cultural resources, and sacred sites against development and resource extraction. Our Voices, Our Land features guides on how to gather stories and combine them with digitally mapped locations of community assets. It details research planning processes, how to conduct interviews, and how to create maps using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS). [Read more]
Understanding research in the context of an organizing agenda can seem like an overwhelming task. The Campaign Research Countdown Game: Organize, Research, Win! is a game designed to offer a glimpse into the processes, from start to finish, in a community-driven research project. You start as a member of an organization that only has a few members. You’re tasked with growing your membership, planning, and then implementing your own research project. Your goal is to release your findings before a crucial upcoming city council vote. Can you do it?
An Introduction to Research Justice aims to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and community members and better equip marginalized communities to reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information. With strategic support, the knowledge and information generated by these communities can be used as political leverage to advance their own agendas for change.The toolkit effectively:
- Explores the theory of Research Justice – a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in knowledge production
- Advances community-driven research as a powerful tool to build grassroots power
- Helps participants choose which research methods will prove most effective for their campaigns and organizing objectives
- Employs popular-education techniques to encourage leadership development
The Knowledge Factory is an interactive tool that demonstrates how organizers and community members can think strategically about information. It’s been a signature tool in our Research Justice workshops – one that we’ve been developing and refining for over five years. It’s helped countless community members and organizers think critically about information flow and how knowledge is valued differently based on the source of information. The Knowledge Factory video is a tool that we think all social justice advocates will find useful, so be sure to check it out along with all the other great videos on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/researchjustice.