Come join us for a free workshop series open to students, faculty, alumni and community members. Please share this information with others (Facebook links http://www.facebook.com/UNSTatPSU/events ).
Thursday 1/17/12 - 4:00-6:00 - Cramer 203
So You Wanna Change the World: Understanding Social Change
Our world is faced with serious problems. This workshop will explore important issues regardless of whether you are already involved in social change work or have been interested in starting to address issues you are passionate about. Together, we will explore how we understand social change. How do we make changes to the world we live in? What are the different ways people are involved in change? What types of things are important in sustaining engagement in social change work? What are pathways to involvement?
Wednesday 1/23/12 - 4:00-6:00 - Cramer 101
Facilitation for Democratic Decision-Making
This workshop is designed for people engaged in group work for social change. Fostering a good group process is the critical and often hidden work behind powerful organizations, actions and community organizing efforts. Skillful facilitation makes for good group decisions, as well as work that is rewarding and empowering for participants. Come to this workshop to learn and practice facilitation and process skills. The workshop will be facilitated by Abigail Singer who has a depth of facilitation experience in social and environmental justice movements.
Thursday 1/31/12 - 4:00-6:00 - Cramer 203
Legislative Advocacy: When and how to turn a good idea into law
Description: This will be a nuts and bolts workshop on how to advocate for an issue within the legislative process. We will explore how grassroots organizing and legislative lobbying interact most effectively; how to know when to engage in the lawmaking process and when not to; how best to engage legislators on your issue; and what the various steps of the legislative process look like.
Wednesday 2/6/12 - 4:00-6:00 - Cramer 101
Weaving A Strong Web: Values, Agreements and Accountability Culture for Groups
In this workshop we will discuss and explore what we mean by the word accountability. The frame of the discussion will be that accountability is a lived practice which can create strong, resilient organizing cultures. Our starting place will be a query about values in organizing as they relate to a practice of accountability. Understanding a group's values will inform how subsequent agreements about responsibilities and power sharing. What happens, though, when agreements or responsibilities are unfulfilled by individuals or the group as a whole? We'll investigate these and related questions, and also look more deeply at how commitment, communication, radical honesty, self-reflection, and self-responsibility are some of the aspects of a healthy accountability culture. Pairs work, whole group discussion, and role playing will all be part of our time.
Wednesday 2/13/12 - 2:00-4:00 - Walidah - Cramer 159
Social Justice Writing
Writing is often seen as a solitary act, focused purely on the individual and their paper, their screen. But writing can be a liberatory process, for the individual but also for our communities.
This workshop will include writing prompts, time for actual writing, as well as discussions about ways writing and storytelling can be used in the social justice movement.
Thursday 2/21/12 - 4:00-6:00 - Cramer 203
Strategic Campaign Planning and Avoiding Burn Out
Looking at the big picture - strategy, targets, setting goals/objectives, choosing tactics etc. This workshop goes over the basics of how to build the campaign you need to create change. It will cover: planning campaigns to be more cohesive, effective and strategic steps needed to implement an effective campaign, identifying your targets, building a network of strategic alliances, and how to coherently evaluate what's working and not working in existing campaigns. The workshop also explores the concept of burn out in the activist movement, and how to avoid it within your group.
Tuesday 2/26/12 - 3:00-5:00 - Cramer 203
Leadership Models for Social Change
Ben Cushing and David Osborn
What does leadership for social justice look like? This workshop will explore a variety of models of leadership for social change. The workshop will focus on models of horizontal, empowering forms of leadership that intentionally seek to dismantle, rather than recreate, the systems of oppression that are often the focus of social justice work. These models will be compared and contrasted with other forms of leadership and the experiences of workshop participants.