Welcome to We Rise: Movement Building Reimagined!
We Rise was created by Movement Builders for Movement Builders. Drawing on JASS’ work with women leaders, activists and organizations in a range of countries and contexts, we take you behind the scenes to learn from these activists and their movements. By making the dynamic nature of movement building visible and accessible, we hope to encourage and strengthen movement builders everywhere.
We Rise is a Resource For Anyone Who Wants to Change the World. You will learn from living movement building stories, the strategic choices on which they are built, and hear the voices of those involved. You can download tools and related material for use in your own work wherever you are and whatever your needs.
Cycles of Movement Building
Movement building isn’t linear, and there isn’t any one path forward or right place to start. Like any kind of change, it both leaps ahead at times and loops back at others. Different—and ever changing—contexts and challenges require different strategic choices, and approaches. Our movement building therefore needs to be smart, creative, and adaptive. From JASS’ years of experience accompanying and equipping all kinds of movement builders, we recognize 4 distinct and interconnected Cycles of Movement Building—Rising Up, Building Up, Standing Up and Shaking Up. These cycles can help you think about where you are and how to meet your moment.
For each Cycle, we offer ideas and tools to support you wherever you are in your movement building journey. Are you just starting out or in the heat of a Shaking Up moment? What is emerging in your context and what do you want to do? What kind of capacity do you have? Have you thought about risks and safety? These Cycles can be used as a framework for movement builders—both experienced and new.
Watch our Promo Video for We Rise
We Rise weaves together stories, tools and ideas from the experiences and insights of women at the forefront of change to provide in-depth learning about movement building. Watch our promotional video below. Then explore the site: you can see and collect popular education tools in your own personal toolbox, click through a real movement building journey full of strategic insights, and you can learn more about cycles and different aspects of movement building. Find out how We Rise can support you in building your movement.
Resources for Movement Builders
As you explore We Rise you will see a ToolKit icon. This icon means you can save a Tool or Movement Building Methodology to your personalised We Rise ToolKit. As you navigate throughout the site and explore sections like, Movement Building Journeys and the Cycles of Movement Building - Rising Up, Building Up, Standing Up and Shaking Up - you will click on the icon and view the Tool, if it resonates, you will click ‘Save to Toolkit’. Each tool you save will then be placed in your own unique We Rise ToolKit.
Your We Rise Toolkit can be accessed at anytime. You will see a categorized list of the Tools you have selected. You can always delete tools that are no longer relevant and add more. All tools can then be shared and download onto your computer and/or mobile phone. You can also download ‘Tool Packs’, which are packs of pre selected tools for Movement Builders.
We Rise is a Resource for Movement Builders. The ToolKit is for you to use, select and save the Tools you need to build your Movement Building Strategy.
JASS & Movement Building
Transformative Ideas for Transformative Movements
Movement building—the effort to build and amplify the collective power of women and other marginalized people—is at the heart of JASS’ work. We equip and accompany activists around the world to be more strategic, effective and safer as they tackle challenges and opportunities in their own contexts. We draw inspiration from many movements and anchor our work in the power and politics of specific ideas and practices.
Movement Building Journeys
We believe that the change people want, comes from the movements they build. Movements are the way that people build sufficient collective power to create solutions, gain accountability and protect their rights, freedom and resources. Yet movements for social change can seem mysterious, as if they sprung out of “thin air”. Where do they come from? How do they grow? In truth, behind every push for justice, freedom, democracy and equality, there are people working together to galvanize the collective power of communities to transform unacceptable realities into desired solutions.
The Movement Building Journeys take you behind the scenes to explore and learn from the real challenges, choices and changes made over time by activists and leaders in three very different places - from HIV-positive women in Malawi, to those fighting to protect democracy, land and life in Honduras, to the young women building a new kind of women’s movement in Southeast Asia. Following our Cycles of Movement Building model, each story moves through different moments—Rising Up, Building Up, Standing Up and Shaking Up—to reveal the evolving and dynamic nature of organizing for change. Within each journey you can experience actual setbacks, detours, break-throughs and impacts made along the way. You will be able to hear the voices of women involved, download tools and methodologies they used and gain insight from their reflections. We hope these inside stories help you strengthen your movement work wherever you are.