Animal Think Tank’s mission is to support the building of a broad-based anti-speciesist movement that has the power and resilience to ensure all individual animals have their rights to life, liberty and security of person protected in law and respected by society. We aim to achieve this by developing the strategic direction, capacity and innovation of the individuals, groups and organisations working for animal justice in their diverse ways.
Our main areas of work include: Movement Building and Unity; Strategy; Framing; Organising Structures; Culture; Anti-Speciesism; Leadership Development; and Training.
We take inspiration from social movements like The Indian Independence Movement, The U.S. Civil Rights Movement, The Women’s Suffrage Movement, The Colour Revolutions in Eastern Europe, and the UK Anti-Slavery Movement. These social justice movements had dramatic impact because they took a movement building approach. They worked to empower hundreds of thousands of people to participate in strategic, inclusive and nonviolent popular movements which shifted public opinion and pressured systems of power to win rights and liberties for oppressed groups.
We have spent years researching into past and present social movements to learn the craft of movement building so we can achieve transformative change for other animals. As a collective of volunteers we have lots of exciting plans to develop and share this knowledge to help build capacity in the movement and support groups and organisations to campaign effectively. In the future we will be designing and delivering training courses, publishing best practice guides for organisers, and collaborating with individuals and groups across the movement to develop new and effective movement building strategies.
Specifically the thinking we have explored includes:
- Momentum Driven Organising
- Democratic and Decentralised Organisational Structures
- Strategic Nonviolence, Civil Disobedience and Civil Resistance
- The History and Ecology of Social Movements
- Anti-Speciesist Theory and Practice
- Developing Transformative Cultures for Personal and Social Change
- Grassroots Empowerment and Leadership Development
- Effective Approaches to Community Organising
- Long-term Strategic Planning
- Campaigning Strategy
- Strategic Litigation
- Conflict Resolution and Transformative Justice
- The Connections Between Animal Oppression, Human Oppression and Environmental Destruction
- Participatory Education and Training
- Group Decision Making and Facilitation
- Framing and Messaging for Animal Justice