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Building Skills for Change

We are living through a time of uncertainty, chaos and disruption. More and more ordinary people feel a desire to step up and fight to build a better, fairer, more just world.

But how do you get started, and what does this all mean in practice?

This workshop series is designed to help people with little or no organizing or activism experience learn how to make a difference in their communities through the basics of strategizing, organizing, telling their own story, and taking effective action.

During this four week, eight-session online course you will learn how to:

- Tell your story to motivate others
- Design a strategy that gets the change you want
- Structure your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
- Recruit and keep volunteers
- Choose a strategy and tactics that move decision-makers

The curriculum is based on the teachings of Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz, an adviser to President Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.

You will learn through lectures and small group activities that will allow you to practice the skills we teach.

You will work with an experienced organizer, who will facilitate your group and help you plan your organizing project. You will finish the course ready to tell your story, with a developed organizing statement, and tools to plan your organizing project's strategy and tactics.

Dates and times

Monday and Wednesday evening sessions, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

November 9 & 11
November 16 & 18
November 23 & 25
November 30 & December 2  

ICL will be offering one scholarship to an individual working or volunteering at a non-profit or charity, with revenues of less than $250k per year, that works with marginalized groups. Please complete this form to apply.

Rizwan Tufail is Chair of the ICL Board of Directors and a former a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, where he took Marshall Ganz's class. Rizwan is the Managing Partner of Innovonomics Inc – a strategy consulting firm that works on strategies, policies, and skills required to accelerate the move towards a global innovation economy.

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