Social activism is not taught in many schools. Most of us learn our advocacy skills through volunteering, observing more experienced activists, and testing different approaches. Here, at VegFund, we've compiled a selected list of recommended reading on topics fundamental to effective activism to help supplement and inspire your work.
• persuasive communication
• strategic approaches to successful activism
• psychology of social change
• how to inspire others and yourself
• burnout support
• and more...
The Animal Activist's Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World
Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich
The authors make a case for thoughtful, impassioned, and joyous activism that creates change.
Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Stories of animals who have been brought back from lives of abuse and find kindness, healing, and happiness at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. A good book to refer to people when discussing the lives of animals in our food industry.
Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change
This book examines more than eighty years of empirical research in areas including social psychology, communication studies, diffusion studies, network systems and social marketing, distilling the highlights into easy-to-use advice for anyone wanting to spread progressive social change.
Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements: The MAP Model for Organising Social Movements
Bill Moyer and JoAnn MacAllister, Mary Lou Finley
A guide to understanding the strategies behind successful social movements.
Jonathan Safran Foer
A synthesis of personal memoir, science, and philosophy that investigates the behind-the-plate story of what it really means to eat animals in an industrialized world.
How to be Great at Doing Good: Why Results are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World
A guidebook advocating rigorous and calculated approaches to effecting social change, whether you're a donor, a volunteer, or a nonprofit worker.
The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way
A book that offers practical guidelines for living a joyful and productive life that includes a strong progressive mission.
Meat Markets: Animals, Ethics, and Money
The author examines animal agriculture's cruelties and its far-reaching social costs and evaluates the successes and failures of the animal protection movement.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Ed.
Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
This classic book teaches you how to interact with others without triggering defensive reactions.
Striking at The Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism
Concrete guide to effective animal advocacy.
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk
The authors investigate the emotional toll of advocacy work and offer practices for meeting these challenges without becoming overwhelmed by approaching them in an intentional way and developing a mindful presence.
Thirty leading animal activists, including Paul Shapiro, Peter Singer, and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, offer insights on effective farm animal advocacy.