Workshop/Training Network

If your group is in need of mentoring in the form of workshops and trainings, we can help you find the workshops and trainings you need to build your skills!

We will help you find all kinds of different workshops/trainings. We can help you find workshops to build organizing skills such as direct action, facilitation, strategic campaigning, how to canvas, how to organize a march, etc.;  or you can ask for a educational workshop to build analysis such as decolonization, racial justice, trans feminism etc.; maybe you need workshops to help you better understand the issue you are working on such as workshops on food systems, the prison industrial complex, women and media, climate justice, water issues in maine, etc., or maybe you need a workshop on “do it yourself” subjects like how to garden, how to fix bikes etc. Whatever you need, let us know, and we’ll do our best to help you find a mentor that can help. We can’t guarantee that we’ll find you someone, but we’ll try out best.

Here are workshops that we know we can find trainers for. If you’d like one of these workshops/trainings, contact us. If you don’t see what you need on this list, that doesn’t mean we can’t find you someone so please contact us and ask.

Community:
Collectives & intentional communities general:
Overviews, history, how-to around various forms of collective organization

Creating Community Spaces: learn ways to grows a community space where people can gather to share ideas, grow resistance, build support, express their culture, share food and more.

D.I.Y (Do It Yourself!):

  • Welding
  • Blacksmithing
  • Toolmaking
  • Hunting and trapping
  • Motorcycle riding and repair
  • Organic gardening consultations
  • Winter Food-Canning and freezing and fresh vegetable storage technique

Economics:
Alternative/solidarity economies: General overviews, theory & practice, cooperatives, community land trusts, alternative forms of financing, collectives/intentional communities.

Capitalism 101:  Overviews & critiques of mainstream economics & econ theory

Starting Cooperatives: learn about how to create cooperative business to support your passions in life and provide community needs

Undoing the “economy vs. environment” conflict: Unpacking where this comes from & ideas about how to get beyond it

Food:
Local Food Systems:
this workshop explores the Maine local food systems and ways for young people to get involved as producers, advocates, and organizers.

Understanding Food Systems  and the Corporate Food Industry

Land:
Land protection, land tenure, land reform:
  Especially around alternative forms of property & property ownership/care, and how these apply in Maine

Movement Building:
Organizing With Faith Communities: A discussion of approaches to putting the power of Maine’s diverse faith traditions in motion to work for justice.

Organizing Tools:
1:1 Meetings: The Art of Building Intentional Public Relationships:
  In this workshop we practice active listening and asking powerful questions in the context of getting to know those around us, developing trust and solidarity, addressing the alienation so prevalent in our society and laying the groundwork campaigns for social change.

Campaign Planning: Campaign planning is the process of creating a plan to  achieve a political objective over an extended period of time. It usually coordinates many activities and uses of resources involving multiple organizations. A campaign plan could also have subordinate objectives or intermediate milestones and is often broken down by phases. They often begin with an assessment of the situation to put the plan in context.

Cooking for Gatherings, Meetings and Protests:  Learn about how to plan, cook, serve and clean for large groups using local and donated food.

Consensus Decision Making: Instead of using majority rules voting as a way of making decisions (like the U.S democratic model), consensus aims to take everyone’s ideas into account to create a culture of collaboration where people come up with solutions together rather than debating and trying to win. Many activist groups use consensus decision making as their decision making process.

Dealing with the media: Some handy best practices for getting your action or event covered.

Grassroots Fundraising/ Asking for Money: Insights on where to look and practice making the ask.

Group Facilitation:  The “facilitator” is a guide or “discussion leader” for a group. The process of facilitation is a way of providing leadership without taking the reigns. A facilitator’s job is to get others to assume responsibility and take the lead.

Relational organizing basics:  Relational Organizing starts with a group of people who have relationships with each other. It is a type of community organizing that relies on and prioritizes relationships both inside and outside of an organization in order to build stronger, more dynamic and creative collective power. It includes base building, political education, issue identification, training & action.

Research: How to research crucial issues in libraries, online, etc.

Storytelling/public narrative for Organizers: how to use stories and personal narrative to reach people

Tactics:
Direct Action/Civil Disobedience
: Direct action/Civil Disobedience occurs when a group of people take an action which is intended to reveal an existing problem, highlight an alternative, demonstrate a possible solution to a social issue, or stop another action that is unjust.  Examples of direct action/civil disobedience can include sit-ins, strikes, workplace occupations, blockades, hacktivism, etc.

Political Education/Understanding Big Systems:
Beehive Design Collective’s “True Cost of Coal” presentation: The Beehive Collective uses complex mural style graphics to help people digest large systems of oppression (racism, sexism, globalization, capitalism, resource extraction, colonization, etc.). Check it out here: http://beehivecollective.org/beehive_poster/the-true-cost-of-coal/

Understanding Power:  A participatory activity followed by discussion about the power that can be used to create injustice–or to resist it!

Political Philosophy:
Anarchism: History and general theory and practice

Marxism: Theory/practice, especially of forms of Marxism that resist state power and generate a powerful critique of capitalism

Sexuality and Gender:
Consent: Consent is an act of mutual respect, understanding and care that is created between two or more people. When talking about consent in the context of safe(r) spaces, people often focus on consent to engage in sexual and/or physical acts ranging from hugging, to making out, to sex, and a million things in between, however, gaining consent from our friends, family, and lovers should be a part of our daily life whether our interactions are physical, verbal, or sexual.

General Gender and Sexuality: In a society where diverse expressions of gender and sexuality are repressed, it’s important we talk about gender and sexuality in an open, encouraging, and exploratory environment.

Strategy:
Movement strategy:
Big-picture strategy around building movements beyond campaigns, story-based messaging, analysis/vision, picking leverage-points, and answering “how does change happen?” kinds of questions

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