Spirit in Action webinar and in-person trainings are positive and action-oriented, and focus on the fundamentals of grassroots organizing, strategic planning and collaboration. Using popular education methods, participants engage in small group work, learn how to listen and identify hindrances, and interact positively with each other in the training.
Vision to Action: Determining Your Goals, Priorities and Plans
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.
Building Strong Collaborations and Networks: Effective Strategies for Movement Building
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.
Storytelling: Tools for Building Trust, Community and Fund-raising
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 and storytelling. Participants will learn other ways of working on issues that create positivity and build power.
Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers: Building Leadership
As organizers jobs have become more professionalized, you may have taken on more of the work traditionally done by volunteers, sacrificing leadership building for just getting the work done. But an organizer’s job is to recruit and train volunteers for the long-term, and then mobilize them to run campaigns. From block captains to statewide volunteers, we discover how to use online trainings to reach a broader group of people and develop a deeper level of organizing.
Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult Situations
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.
Grassroots Lobbying: Changing Minds and Hearts
Once they’re in office, how do we hold winning candidates accountable? From tools to tracking, we explore ways to make sure our voices continue to be heard. This workshop is not about signing petitions, letters or talking about bills, but demonstrates a heartfelt approach to lobbying that is customized to the office holder and creates momentum toward the next election.
Voter Registration: Creating a Winning Strategy
To develop and run an empowering Get-Out-the-Vote campaign, it is not enough to simply educate non-voters in how to register and cast their vote. In order to give them equal access in the democratic process, they must also feel confident in their knowledge of the issues and the solutions that will be affected by their decisions.
This workshop demonstrates how to create leadership infrastructure that builds power within disenfranchised communities, where grassroots folks hold top positions, both locally and statewide. There is tremendous power to influence change when individuals harness the power of the community’s voice.
Bridging the Class Divide
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. In this workshop, we examine how internalized oppression and class affects our organizing. 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 people from different cultures, income levels and ethnicities, and how to build inclusivity at every level.
Spirit in Action trainings are available to both groups and individuals. Our three-hour webinars range from $60 per person (discounted for six or more people from one organization) to $600 for a specific group. Customized webinars, including a needs assessment are also available. We also offer in person trainings for organizations – email us for details.
Email us for more information, to request an in-person training, or participate in one of our webinars. You can also call us at 413-256-4612. Don’t hesitate to contact us if your group’s needs exceed your resources!
Here is what people have to say about experiencing a training with Linda Stout
“We are so grateful that Linda Stout and her “Take 10” model has come to Maine. In recent years, Linda has trained a cohort of low-income leaders here in Maine to draw on the most important resource we all have in making change: our people. No pollster or party or politician knows our people like we do. In this political moment, it’s critical that grassroots community leaders are supported to do deep organizing work in their own communities that builds leadership and infrastructure for the long term. Linda helped us understand that when low income communities can connect relationships, the power of stories, and the lifeblood of culture with new systems for mobilizing, powerful things can happen!” Kate Brennan, Organizing and Community Outreach Director, Maine Equal Justice
“It’s not very often that you walk out of a training or workshop feeling that both your intellect and emotions were stimulated by the experience you had with your facilitator and other participants. Linda’s workshop provided just that–and in an online setting!: a deeper understanding of how to run a GOTV campaign, as well as the impassioned urgency to act.” Julieta Vitullo, Author and Playwright, Seattle WA
“I like very much the way as Linda explains: her rhythm, her way of listening all of us, the match between the words and her own life experience.” Enoé Texier, Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative, Venezuela
“Linda Stout’s workshop “Building Power To Win” offers such critical tools for this political moment. As a young organizer, so many of the early campaigns I was a part of struggled to build a long-lasting and powerful base of support – and nurture a strong community amongst those folks. Linda tells inspiring stories about her own experiences in effective base-building that make it clear that building our power to win is possible.” Jess Grady-Benson, PeoplesHub
“The mix of methods, speaking to our whole selves – and all in a reasonable amount of time – very rich!” Karimah Stauch, Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative, Bonn, Germany
“The training is so helpful as it provides a unique opportunity for peer learning and learning by doing (linking the theory to practice).” Mamoun Khreisat, Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative, Jordan