Actions and Detail Panel
Building Skills for Change (Ottawa, Nov. 26-27th)
Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 9:00 AM – Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM EST
Are you passionate about a social issue? Do you want to make change in your community?
On November 26-27, 2016, Ryerson University's Distinguished Visiting Professor, Olivia Chow & her team from the Institute for Change Leaders, are offering a 2-day workshop on community organizing.
This workshop will teach you the following five key practices of organizing:
- Developing your public narrative to motivate others
- Designing a strategy that leads to the change you want
- Structuring your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
- Recruiting and keeping volunteers and
- Choosing tactics that inspire action from decision makers
Through engaging lectures, small group activities and one-on-one coaching, participants will put into practice these key organizing practices. The Institute's experienced facilitators will work closely with you to help you plan your organizing project.
The Institute for Change Leaders is an initiative out of Ryerson University’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services. The Institute employs the community organizing framework developed by Professor Marshall Ganz of Harvard Kennedy School and successfully used by the Obama campaign in 2008 to teach community leaders how to launch successful and impactful social change campaigns.
*Should cost to participate be a barrier please contact the organizer for a promotional code.*
You will recieve a follow-up email prior to the workshop confirming your participation along with questions regarding your project or campaign.
Participants are encouraged to bring a current project or campaign you are working on (or you would like to start) so you can apply our methodology and address real people and power and get the change you want.
If I don't have a project can I still attend?
Yes, you can still attend. We will have one project example available for your to work on or your can work with others in your small group to practice the skills we teach.
Public Narrative Work
We ask that you come prepated to speak (in small groups) about an obstacle or event in your life that you overcame but that continues to inspire and motivate your actions & role as a change leader today. You "story of self" is key to our training and your success. Note: You will recieve more information on this process prior to the workshop.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is free parking available in front (15 spaces) and back of the United Way building. Buses are readily availabe on Coventry Road. Please check with OC-Transpo for weekend schedule.
Where should I stay if I am coming from out of town?
The Hampton Inn is a moderately priced hotel and is a 5 minute walk away from the United Way office. If this is not affordable you can also consider one of the downtown youth hostels or bed & breakfast. Contact Michelle if you have more questions.
Any other questions?
You can contact Michelle Reimer at 613-286-3217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Chow is one of Canada’s most well known public figures. Her political career dates back to 1985 and by 1991, Olivia became the first Asian-born woman elected as a Metro Toronto Councilor. She was re-elected to city council five times, serving with distinction for 14 years. Today she continues to inspire social change as Ryerson's Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Ben Donato-Woodger started organizing in 2006 after completing a school project on climate change and feeling shocked with the magnitude of the problem. In 2014 during the People's Climate March he saw how front-line communities succeed at organizing their communities. He was inspired to learn how to do this and enrolled in Marshall Ganz's course on. People, Power and Change.
Michelle Reimer is a facilitator, organizer and social activist. She is the founder of Citizens First Inc., a social enterprise that provides participatory strategies for organizational planning and social campaigns. In 2014 she completed her training with Marshall Ganz and used his organizing methodology during her candidacy in the 2014 Ottawa municipal election. Michelle is passionate about using her expertise to strengthen organizations capacity to address human rights and social justice issues.
Katie Perfitt works for 350.org, a global organization working for climate justice where she supports fossil fuel divestment campaigns across the country. Katie has a Master's in Resource and Environmental Studies, has extensive facilitation and organizing experience and is committed to building leader-full movements.