Thriving Activist Toolkit

Thriving Activist Toolkit

Activists who work for well-being causes can significantly change our world for the better. However, activism can be a stressful process -- so it's vital for activists to manage stress well by investing in their own well-being while they're working for the well-being of others. CWB Senior Scholar Paul Gorski has developed these resources to help people overcome activist burnout:

Research Studies on Activist Burnout

(Funded by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being)

"Frayed All Over": The Causes and Consequences of Activist Burnout Among Social Justice Education Activists by Paul Gorski and Cher Chen

Burnout in Social Justice and Human Rights Activists: Symptoms, Causes, and Implications by Cher Chen and Paul Gorski

Relieving Burnout and the "Martyr Syndrome" Among Social Justice Education Activists: The Implications and Effects of Mindfulness by Paul Gorski

Articles and Brochures

"Fighting Racism, Battling Burnout: Causes of Activist Burnout in US Racial Justice Activists" by Paul Gorski

"What's the Point of Revolution if We Can't Dance?" by Jane Barry with Jelena Dordevic

"Self-Care and Self-Defense Manual for Feminist Activists" by CREA

"How Do We Keep Going? Activist Burnout and Personal Sustainability in Social Movements" by Laurence Cox

"A Rose by Any Other Name: Repressive Tolerance, Burnout, and Hope in the New West" by Gregory Lowan-Trudeau

"Promoting self care and well-being among feminist activists and women’s rights defenders: Reflections from Burma and Palestine": by Ginger Norwood

"How To Keep On Keeping On: Sustaining Ourselves in Community Organizing and Social Justice Struggles" by Jen Plyler

Video Blog

White Activists and the Burnout of Activists of Color


Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World, a Guide for Activists and Their Allies by Pattrice Jones

In It For The Long Haul: Overcoming Burnout and Passion Fatigue as Social Justice Change Agents by Kathy Obear

The Idealist's Survival Kit:75 Simple Ways to Prevent Burnout by Alessandra Pigni

The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World without Losing Your Way by Hillary Rettig