10 Steps for Effective Solutioning

Here are highlights of the strategy and tactics that empowered people of Northern California to stop a billion dollar toxic aerial assault from George Bush Jr. and Homeland Security in 2007 — intended to spray 7 million residents, nine months a year, for up to 10 years, with chemicals containing carcinogens, mutagens and endocrine disruptors. This plan, when acted on by thousands of volunteers working in different Sectors, shut down the program in 6 months for less than $50,000. Along with the THRIVE Solutions Model, this can be used to guide successful activism on virtually any issue where violations are taking place.


  1. Get Informed about the Issue

  2. Use the Solutions Hub and the Sector Model to aggregate resources and organize efficiently

  3. Articulate what success would look like

  4. Assess what are the most Highly Leveraged Actions

  5. Identify what actions you will participate in
    — and what roles or functions are still needed

  6. Determine how to communicate your issue and solution(s)
    — in the most compelling, fact-based, logical, creative ways possible, with the emphasis on the non-violent solutions at hand

  7. Get as much media coverage as possible
    — to educate people about the problem, to expose the source of the problem, and to enroll people in being a part of the solutions

  8. Use grassroots activism and the legal system
    — (to whatever degree it can be effective), to bring the truth to the surface, to rectify injustice and to seek restitution for those impacted

  9. Celebrate the accomplishment of milestones and final victory
    — Share success stories, materials and best practices with the Solutions Network for other communities to access when they confront the same issues

  10. Keep your email lists and Solutions networks
    — for when the next issues threaten your community, region, or planet!