Organizational experience, leadership, skills?
Organizational capacity, relationships, resources?
Historical conditions that help us?
Previous organizing to build from?
Cultures of resistance to sustain or legitimize the
Allies, institutions to get support from, and/or
Your reputation? Level of trust from your
Innovative ideas? Clarity of purpose and goals.
Advantages based on location/geography or
Do you have people invested, would be invested
if they knew, could be invested if worked with?
Do you have strengths culturally, politically,
socially, economically, spiritually?
Methods of working together, ability to
communicate, make and implement decisions?
Vision and values?
Strategy to work from?
People to get feedback on this assessment to
further develop it?
Ability to develop leaders, strengthen
organization, build campaigns, form alliances,
build movement, expand sphere of influence?
Lack of organizational experience,
Lack of organizational capacity,
Historical conditions that hurt us?
Impacts of systems of oppression on
our communities, organizations and
Lack of strategy? Lack of goals or clarity
Your reputation? Current legitimacy,
and trust with people you want to work
Lack of allies, relationships?
Negative effects on other areas of work?
Reliability, capacity of people involved?
Morale, commitment, sense of what is
Ability to make and implement decisions?
Internal and external communication?
Lack of people to get feedback on this
Obstacles to developing leaders,
strengthen organization, build campaigns,
form alliances, build movement, expand
sphere of influence?
How can this work significantly move our
community, country, world, towards economic,
racial, gender, environmental, and social justice?
Bring more people into the movement?
Strengthen existing institutions, communities,
networks, organizations? Share resources? How?
Tactics: surprise, innovative, dynamic
Strengthen existing relationships? Build new
Opportunities for new leadership to grow and get
Is it appropriate/timely by geographic and /or
Cultural, political, economic conditions now or
How can we learn and grow through this
How can we build our capacity through this
Building cultures, processes, values, institutions
that further collective liberation? How?
Heal divisions and tensions?
How might this situation move our
community, country, world, away from
economic, racial, gender, environmental,
and social justice?
Could we undermine our goals?
Hurt relationships, and demoralize people?
Turn people away from the movement?
Hurt existing institutions, communities,
networks, organizations? How?
Reinforce systems of oppression and
Contribute to movement divisions
stemming from systemic privilege?
Backlash in community?
Are there geographic and/or seasonal
Are there risky cultural, political, economic
conditions now or approaching?
Risk funding and resources?
Burn out participants?
Create or exacerbate internal divisions,
Catalyst Project SWOT Analysis Tool:
This is a tool to look at organizations, campaigns, and areas of work to assist in strategic planning. Use this tool focusing on the question,
“how can we move significant numbers of white people in this sector of work towards anti-racist/racial justice politics and practice.”