Trainings

 

Our trainings are positive and action-oriented, and topics include the fundamentals of organizing and management, fund-raising for small and large organizations, strategic planning and collaboration.

Letting the Light In: Visioning and Strategic Planning

True actionable and successful steps to strategic planning begins with a vision of hope that is realistic and doable. This workshop provides hope and a collective vision for participants as well as a heart-driven strategic workplan that leaves the organization with clear next steps, timeline, and a matrix of who is doing each task and the resources needed.

Don’t Give Up! Creating Hope and Vision in Hopeless Times

When despair and hopelessness lead people to feel they are paralyzed by the state of affairs and cannot do anything to make it better, they give up and stop working for and funding change.  This workshop supports people to express and bury their despair, and to step into a place of hope and a vision toward a just and equitable world.

We’re in it Together: Building Strong Collaborations and Networks

Collaborations and networks should be a place where everyone seeks investment and returns.  It should be a place where people can express honesty, trust, conflict resolution and love of each other.  To build truly healthy collaborations and networks, we first need to create a culture of trust and honesty.  Without this, we often build something that is slow, ineffective and dysfunctional. We must put in the upfront time to get full involvement and successfully work together. This training offers participants the tools to build a culture that will make collaboration possible and successful.

Rise Up: Developing the Leadership of Low-income and Disenfranchised People

As someone who started working as a poor non-college educated organizer, Linda never believed she could become a “leader.” In order to reach and support low-income and working class people, we need to understand how internalized oppression operates, redefine what “shared” leadership means and develop popular education models of building leaders.  Participants will learn tools and techniques to reach disenfranchised populations who do not see themselves as leaders.

What Do We Want and Who Is It For? Building an Inclusive Movement

We often try reaching out to others in a way that is familiar to us, and then wonder why people who are different than us do not respond.  Everyone has different cultures that predispose how they listen and participate.  Unless we become aware of this and understand how to meet various needs, we will not be able to build an inclusive organization or movement.  Participants work with tools on how to reach different cultures and ethnicities, and how to build inclusivity at every level.

Changing Behaviors and Outcomes: How to Create Cultural Shifts

If you are trying to expand your organization to be more inclusive, it is essential for the group to be able to create a cultural shift that honors all people. To do this can feel overwhelming, while it is a truly simple process that everyone can participate in and feel the joy of working in a way that is all inclusive where no one has to give up who they are. You will learn how to create a different culture within your organization or group that includes everyone.

The Best Defense: How to Prepare for and Deal with Attacks from the Right within our Organizations

Most people today are not familiar with ways to fight organized oppression and attacks.  In some cases it has destroyed organizations, or made it impossible for them to continue to operate.  In other cases, individual leaders have been attacked, discredited, isolated and in some cases, killed.  Especially in these times, we need to know how to deal with these situations and protect each other and our organizations. (This can also be a series of webinars offered.)

Difficult Situations: Toxic People in our Organizations

If anyone uses their privilege or their actions to dominate others, take up all the space, or create a destructive environment in our organizations, we are doing a huge disservice to our organization and constituents. All of us have experienced people who disrupt, triangulate, or dominate groups and meetings.  In many cases, there are ways to deal with these people in constructive ways. If we are unsuccessful dealing with this, we need to know what to do as an organization. How to deal with these individuals is critical to long term success and creating a trusting environment where all feel included. This training offers tools and shares ideas on how to handle these situations. Follow up counseling can also be provided for groups actively dealing with a situation.

Stronger Together: Building across Differences

Most of us have been part of many trainings about anti-racism, anti-classism, etc. In Linda’s experience of leading these trainings, she finds they often create distrust, shame, and can be more divisive than connective. This workshop will bring a positive approach building across differences by building trust, using heart, experiences, storytelling.  Participants will learn other ways of working on issues that create positivity and build power.

Popular Education Makes for Community Participation

Though many people teach “popular education,” few really work within the community to make sure their popular education materials – words, pictures and descriptions – are keyed to the culture and understanding of community people.  In this training session, participants learn how to listen, ask and involve people in the creation of educational materials.  As a result, the community is much more involved and will distribute the materials they were involved in creating more widely.

Training of Trainers

We believe that we should be training others on how to do the trainings we offer.  We will share our methodology and training materials with anyone who wants to participate in a Training of Trainers series.

Email us for more information, to request a training, or receive a complete list of our webinars. You can also call us at 413-256-4612.