Interested in starting an INCITE! Working Group? Read on! Note: you must be an active INCITE! member in order to participate in working groups.
What are current INCITE! Working Groups?
Visit the Working Groups listing to learn about what groups are currently active.
Who can be a Working Group?
Working Groups form when two or more chapters, affiliates and/or individual members start working together on projects that connect organizing efforts across geographic areas and it is clear that the working group issue falls within INCITE’s mission (please see Criteria for INCITE! projects in the Working Group Proposal Form). A Working Group may be infrastructural (eg. Media and Communications, Grassroots fundraising) or issue-based (eg. Birthing and Community Care-giving, Community Accountability, Militarism and Law Enforcement Violence, etc).
What are the benefits of participating in INCITE! as a Working Group?
Create a space or forum for folks across the network who want to link up on integral issues and infrastructural organizing skillshare, collaborations, actions, and campaigns
Ability to leverage local work nationally and leverage national work locally
Fundraise for specific issues or infrastructure projects that impact the wider network and beyond
Provides folks who are doing political work with an INCITE! lens with a forum to engage together around concrete projects and the movement
A way to multiply capacity to address many issues
What are the benefits of having a Working Group structure to INCITE!?
Lift up people organizing on the ground to drive INCITE!’s analysis and work
Diverse pathways for participation increases accessibility, widens the reach, and builds the capacity of INCITE! networks and projects
Builds stronger community through collaborative spaces that engage all members of the network
What are my responsibilities and obligations as a Working Group?
To communicate quarterly with the INCITE! network around the WG’s projects via the INCITE! blog and check-ins with the National Collective
To ensure that any monies received for WG are leveraged toward collective WG projects (not just a project of one organization, unless there is a place for involving other INCITE! sectors, or women, transpeople* or gender non-conforming people of color who are directly affected by the WG issue).
To follow the INCITE! Principles of Unity
To strive for accountability to the INCITE! network and the women, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color directly affected by the WG issue in the formation, projects and closing out of the WG when it ends.
What kinds of support can Working Groups receive from INCITE! National Collective?
Media/Communications Training and Support
Grassroots Fundraising Training and Support
How do Working Groups request support from the National Collective?
Working Groups must fill out a Support Request form, detailing the kinds of support they need, and how it will contribute to the growth of their WG. The National Collective will review requests for support during trimesterly face-to-face meetings. Decisions to provide support will be based on the current capacity of the National Collective and the sustainability plan of the proposed projects.
How do Working Groups evolve into Network-Wide Campaigns?
We are still figuring out the answer to this!
How do Working Groups stay connected to the broader INCITE! network?
Stay in touch with individuals, chapters, affiliates, and the national collective via social networks sites and blogs. For example via facebook, wordpress blog, etc.
Who represents INCITE!?
Individual, Working Group, Chapter, Affiliate, National Collective members should only speak as a “representative of INCITE!” about INCITE! work with which they are directly involved.
For example, let's say Maya is an individual member of INCITE! and a member of the Media and Communications Working Group force. She can represent INCITE! regarding the women and trans people of color track at the Allied Media Conference, which is a project of the Media and Communications Working Group, because she is directly involved with this work. However, she shouldn't represent INCITE! LA chapter, because she isn't a member of that chapter. She can, however, refer people to the INCITE! website for more info about the LA chapter.
We ask that we all honor the values of thoughtfulness, transparency, and mutual accountability when we speak on behalf of and about INCITE! The network is vast and we continue to strive to improve communication across INCITE! formations and individuals.
How to form a Working Group?
Step 1: Identify an issue: “There’s this thing that is affecting women/trans/gender non-conforming people of color that some folks wanna work on with INCITE! analysis
Step 2: Organize around the issue. Get together with two or more chapters, affiliates, and/or individual members to start thinking about forming a Working Group.
Step 3: Start project planning--look over the Criteria for INCITE! projects and begin dreaming of what the work of the WG would be. Create a mission and action plan for the WG. We’ll hook you up with a liaison from the national collective.
Step 4: Get National involved. Let the National Collective know--”Hey, we’re starting a Working Group! Share with us the WG mission and action plans.” A member of the National Collective will guide you through the formation process and provide support for the duration of the group’s efforts.
Step 5: Within a year of forming, the founding members develop a plan for how other members of the INCITE! Network can participate in the Working Group and release a public call for participation via the INCITE! blog.
Step 6: Provide quarterly updates to the INCITE! Network via the INCITE! blog and communicate regularly with a liaison on the National Collective.
Exit Steps: It’s been great y’all but peace out...
If, for whatever reason, if you decide to close out the working group, we ask that you:
1. Have a closing reflection conversation with a member of the National Collective
2. Wrap up any collaborative work and reporting necessary for projects and grants
3. Share digital copies of any project resources and materials with the National Collective to archive for future organizing resources
4. The National Collective will publish a summary/closing blog post, documenting and honoring the work that was accomplished by the WG