AORTA trainers kiran nigam and Jenna Peters-Golden will join Rinku Sen, President of Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines.com, and Manual Pastor, professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, to discuss the following:
How do we sustain ourselves in this work in a way that reﬂects our values? Members from several worker-owned cooperatives will share personal stories of the challenges and lessons learned being part of democratic workplaces. Join discussion groups on issues such as ﬁnancial planning, meeting facilitation, and policy development. Bring your questions and ideas and leave with resources and tools for developing successful worker-owned cooperatives.
As an organization, we have planning to do, but we’re not sure how. We need to gain clarity on what direction our work should take, but where do we start? In this interactive and tools-based workshop, we will explore techniques and activities that let organizations suspend disbelief, dream big, and "future trip" for success. Participants will leave with concepts and tools to lead organizational visioning exercises that set the stage for smart strategic and emergent planning.
How can speculative ﬁction and science ﬁction help us think about gentriﬁcation and city systems in new ways? How can it help us as individuals and movement makers to build creative strategies for disruption as we explore the fantastical resistance of place keeping and making? In this hands-on workshop we will explore the relationships between capitalism/dimensions, violence/borderlands, identity/holograms, and public space/portals. We will also create tools for embodying the memory, belonging and longing of our neighborhoods. Join us as we dream future memories of the city.
"So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads,” said Dr. Seuss. So often in writing, writers and editors are pitted against one another in a hierarchical relationship. But it doesn't have to be that way! In this workshop, participants will explore ways to breakdown this hierarchy and investigate how to be an activist-editor as a key component of our work in radical publishing.
Inefficient and ineffective meetings can leave people feeling drained, exhausted or discouraged, rather than inspired and energized. Good meetings help build strong, effective organizations and successful projects. Even coops with great meeting process inadvertently perpetuate barriers to full member participation and access to democratic process. This happens through group dynamics related to systems of oppression. Building facilitation skills will help you make your meetings better, more inclusive and more fully democratic!
How do we sustain our vision for change and not get lost in the day-to-day grind? How do we prevent burnout and a frenetic pace of work when there is so much to get done? How can we build real care and support into our organizations and communities?...