It is critical to expand the knowledge of yourself and your opponents regarding the network of human relationships surrounding the problem. We call this the terrain. There are strategy tools to map out the terrain of human relationships, including identifying the people, groups and institutions working both for and against change.
Whether your work is at the local community or international level, mapping the terrain of relationships allows you to identify more opportunities for intervention. You will be better able to assess your own resources, prepare for your opponents, identify more allies for cooperation, and utilise the most effective tactics.