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What is Action Builder?

Action Builder is an organizing toolset. In the age of mass mobilizations, Action Builder is focused on deepening one-on-one relationships and building leaders. Get more detail about Action Builder's 8 core features, here.


How can I get my team/organization to support adopting Action Builder for my relational organizing program?

Here is a handy email template to share information about Action Builder with your team.

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What is Action Builder's "collaborative approach" to developing software for and with organizers?

Our collaborative approach to design means our partners steer the future of how the tool functions moving forward. Through this collaboration, we are able to rely on expert insight and input from people working in the field, and the organizations that back them. As progressives, we believe that our movement’s tools should be cooperatively owned by the people who rely on them the most — organizers and campaigners in the progressive movement.

We are able to sustain this model through a formal structure that covers a portion of our development costs, and gives our partners power to decide what we build. They raise and review any ideas our users might have, approve their addition to the development calendar, review designs, and test features all before they launch. At Action Builder, we believe our work shouldn’t just be informed by users but grounded in mutual respect and shared ownership.

We’ve been particularly grateful for the insight and support of our partners at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) as we’ve developed and continue to refine this process. Just as the very first cooperative design project involved a labor union, both our existing digital toolset. To learn more about the Action Builder Partner Table, email us.


How can I incorporate an Action Builder Demo into my next staff meeting?

One way to gain an even greater understanding of how Action Builder supports relational organizing efforts is to participate in a demo. We have found that organizing teams find it beneficial to join in a group setting so they get a chance to learn together. In this format, folks are able to share their thoughts collectively and the team can start thinking about Action Builder in the context of your program.

Action Builder demos are held weekly, every Tuesday, starting at 1:00 pm Central Time and typically run 30-45 minutes. The demo will provide you with an interactive overview of the toolset. It's a virtual meeting held on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Someone representing your organization will need to register in order to hold your spot. If your team is distributed (remote), each person will need to register in order to attend.



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