Map The Power


To build stronger and more sustainable campaigns and movements that win we need sharper analysis of the power structures we’re up against. Power research done by and for our movements is one tool that can help us build strategic campaigns, bigger coalitions, and stronger communities that operate on the principles of democratic control and decision making instead of extraction and austerity.

How to Use this Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to provide people organizing for social change with the resources, tips, and framework you need to conduct power research. It’s also a guide to building a team of people that have the skills to investigate local corporate bodies and organize to challenge their power. You can use this toolkit as a starting point for organizing around a common target within your neighborhood or community, or to strengthen the existing work of your organization!

Before you move into the research skills part of the toolkit, check out our case studies of power research in action to see how people are already organizing and challenging the corporate beneficiaries, collaborators, and enablers of policies that put profit over people.

Along the way, we’ve included:

  • Video tutorials for how to use some of our go-to power research tools and databases 
  • Quick examples of power research in action–i.e. how specific research finds can help inform strategies and tactics to pressure billionaires and corporations, while building power for everyday people 
  • Extended cases studies that show power research’s role in movement building and campaigning

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