Tools for change workshop series

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 14:00 to Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 21:00

Tools for Change Workshop Series: Spring 2010

Securing Favorable Media Coverage with Rafeef Ziadah and Justin Podur
Saturday April 24th: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (downtown location tba)

Campaigns interact, influence, and are influenced by the media. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to develop a media strategy, write compelling press releases, give great interviews, and develop frames and messages that are in line with their goals.

Additional Workshops include:

1. Facilitation (101 and 201) - Friday May 7th: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (downtown location tba)

A major part of movement building is lots and lots of meetings. Meetings can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. The quality of a meeting depends a lot on good facilitation! Being a facilitator is not running the show and it is more than keeping track of the people who want to speak. So what is it? Come learn and share strategies on how to maintain good communication, equity, active listening and effective decision making for meetings of all shapes and sizes.

Facilitation 101 - for people with some or no facilitation experience.
Facilitation 201 - for experienced facilitators looking to improve.

2. Direct Action gets the goods. 101 - Sun. May 30th: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (downtown location tba)

Direct action has played an integral role in most change movements, from the civil rights era to the suffragettes, and from forest defence to worker justice movements. This workshop is for people who are newer to direct action, and are interested learning some basic ways to engage. We will focus on mass mobilizations with an eye towards the upcoming resistance to the G8/G20 in Toronto. The workshop will cover various topics, including:

- examples of effective historical direct actions.
- working in affinity groups/ building your action team.
- common roles in a direct action.
- decision making at actions.
- basic safety considerations.
- knowing your rights, the legal risks and consequences of taking action.

TOOLS for CHANGE is a series of skills-sharing and skills-building workshops designed to help you gain the tools for doing research, education, and action for social and ecological justice. This series is collaboratively organized by the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG-Toronto), Earthroots, and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

*To register for workshops, please write to [email protected].

Most workshops take place in downtown Toronto. Transportation subsidies are available for workshop participants. All venues are wheelchair accessible.


U of T Campus (Exact location TBA)
27 King's College Circle
43° 39' 40.2156" N, 79° 23' 45.4776" W
April 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 7, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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