This three-hour session is an opportunity for your group to explore what it means and what it takes to build community power in support of your ordinance – both before it passes, and in continuing leadership after it passes so it can be fully implemented.
Community organizing is a process of connecting with people at a heart level, developing a strategy you believe in, building a group that works effectively, and preparing to exercise your We the People power in the public arena!
In this session, we explore basic concepts related to building community power. Then the group will participate in a self-assessment of your own group’s existing skills and capacities.
A community rights group might need to do the following kinds of things on their path toward victory and implementation:
· communicate with the public at large (tell your story and articulate your values, speak to reporters, hold press conferences)
· knock on doors (connect with neighbors to build your base of support)
· facilitate effective meetings (build investment in the group, hear all voices, develop collective wisdom)
· work with conflict in the group (explore how bias and cultural habits can limit group development, explore internal differences as a path toward strength, manage personality conflicts)
· develop a strategy for your campaign (what comes early, middle, later in your timeline? how will you know you need to escalate your campaign?)
· and other skills.
With an eye toward victory, the session will provide your group with a chance to consider your own areas of strength and areas you may wish to pursue further skill-building.
The final section of the webinar will help you identify which aspects of organizing training your group wants to focus on, so that the facilitators can identify possible resources or trainers to meet those goals.
This workshop provides an overview and self-assessment opportunity about the kinds of training a group might need or want, and does not provide in-depth training on the topics listed.
Webinar Series Length: Initially three hours in a single session, with multiple additional sessions available by request, depending on participants’ needs.
Matt Guynn, Director of nonviolent social change & organizing, On Earth Peace @ 503-465-4557, MGuynn@OnEarthPeace.org
Paul Cienfuegos, Co-Director, Lead Trainer & Founder, Community Rights US @ 503-233-1166, Paul@CommunityRights.US