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Passion to Power in the Public Interest: Skills Training Series

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McMaster University

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Hamilton, ON L8S 4S4

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Making a positive impact is hard work. OPIRG McMaster wants to help you develop the skills to make success more likely as you turn your passion into powerful social change.

  • This series of workshops are free but pre-registration is required.
  • Join us for a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. prior to each workshop.
  • Choose which workshops you are interested in (see below) and use the "register" button to reserve space in each

WORKSHOPS:

  • Consensus Decision Making with Baghael Kaur, MUSC 220, Tuesday, Sept. 12 @ 6 PM – 8 PM

This introductory workshop will cover simple, concrete ways to implement the practice of consensus in meetings with small to medium sized groups. A sample process will be provided that can be adapted to the needs of any meeting. Other topics will include the importance of consensus to social change, and common barriers that are encountered.

  • Agile Project Management with Jane Devries, MUSC 220 Wednesday, Sept. 20 @ 6:00 PM – 8 PM

If you are looking to strengthen your competitive advantage and improve the productivity of your team, this workshop is for you. Join us for this collaborative, engaging and interactive session. Discover the Agile Methodology and see why Agile is such a hot skill in the market. Learn about agile values, tools and principles. Participants of this workshop will take away insights that they can apply to ensure success when implementing change.

  • Conflict Transformation with Danielle Boissoneau, MUSC 220, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 PM – 8 PM

Conflict Transformation 101 will share some strategies and techniques to mitigate the impacts of conflict on our lives, and on the lives of others. We will learn how to use conflict to create change. Conflict Transformation requires self-awareness, increased communication skills and a motivation to necessarily resolve struggle. Transforming conflict is hard work! This workshop will provide some analysis, skills, and tools for conflict transformation. We will learn & practice using these tools through dialogue, group exercises and some role playing. Safer spaces will be maintained and protected for participants. Harmful or oppressive language and behaviour will not be tolerated.

  • Anti-Oppression with Jaydene Lavallie, MUSC 230, Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 6 PM – 8 PM

Jaydene Lavallie is a Two Spirit Michif-Cree woman with French, Swedish, and Scottish ancestry. She is currently living in Dish with One Spoon Territory (Hamilton, ON) where she is involved in a variety of community organizing projects that include combating extractive industry, gentrification, and white supremacy. She is firmly rooted in her respect for a diversity of tactics, including direct action, in her work to make change.

  • Breaking Down Multi-Channel Communications with Alyssa Lai, MUSC 220, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 PM – 8 PM

No two communication channels are the same. There are many ways to share your ideas and promote your initiatives, but you can't be everywhere. How do you prioritize and build a communications strategy that meet your goals? How do you communicate persuasively - through online and public speaking - to drive home your message? This workshop will break down the different types of communication tools and discuss ways where you can apply them in your work. You will also learn to identify and characterize your audience and craft key messages that are relevant to them. Through case studies and exercises, the workshop will offer tips on ways to use and integrate multiple communication channels and tools to advance your goals.



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