Each of the following workshops can be done in an introductory two-hour format, a four-hour format, a daylong format, and a two-day format. They are all designed around specific themes but are designed to be quite flexible within that theme. They all begin with particular planned exercises but then build on whatever emerges from that exercise. For that reason, the same workshop might not be the same twice. To inquire about scheduling, please click here. Coaching after workshops is also available.
Exploring How Powerful We Might Actually Be: Systems and Visionary Organizing Around Critical Connections
This workshop utilizes holistic thinking to explore the historical development of the modern world. Beginning with the emergence of racial slavery, wage labor, modern patriarchy, and human domination of nature, we will explore the relationships between these mechanisms of social control and explore what those relationships mean for understanding the modern world and transforming it. Participants will develop a sense of how the modern world is constituted by the relationships between its interconnected parts, how we embody those interconnections, and how those interconnections might be utilized as the basis for transforming the world system.
Growing From a History Not Understood: Transforming a Culture of White Supremacy from the Emergence and Roots of Whiteness and White Culture
Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in Chaos or Community, “Here, in the life of the father of our nation, we can see the developing dilemma of white America: the haunting ambivalence, the intellectual and moral recognition that slavery is wrong, but the emotional tie to the system so deep and pervasive that it imposes an inflexible unwillingness to root it out.” Twenty-five years earlier, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, “The greatest and most immediate danger of white culture, perhaps least sensed, is its fear of the Truth. Its childish belief in the efficacy of lies as a method of human uplift.”
Building on these above quotes, this workshop explores the emergence of whiteness and the ways that embracing whiteness and white culture costs us what it means to be a human being and explores how we might become more human human beings. Through discussion, writing and reflection exercises, in this workshop we will explore how whiteness and white culture is not limited to white people, what embracing whiteness looks like, and what it looks like to become well-functioning and well adjusted in a society based on lies and rooted in the dilemma expressed by King. We will explore what it might look like to become more committed to well-being than to being well-functioning, what it might mean to commit oneself to well-being, and what each of us might individually do to make that commitment.
Creating Freedom: Holistic Thinking and Acting to End Oppression
Over the last few years social justice activists and organizers have become increasingly committed to intersectional thinking and acting. In this workshops participants will be challenged to think of race, class, gender, and our attitude toward nature as interdependent, in addition to being intersectional. Through a number of exercises and practices, participants will be challenged to move beyond reductionist thinking about oppression and develop a means to think about oppression holistically. Highlighting the interdependent nature of racism, sexism, class, and the domination of nature, we will collectively come to understand what it means to challenge oppression holistically and map out strategies to act holistically.
Embracing a Future Without Jobs: The Third Industrial Revolution and Community Based Economics for the Twenty-First Century
This workshop provides a process to understand where all the jobs went, why they are not coming back, and how we might embrace a future without jobs. Exploring the historical process by which wage labor and jobs became normal, in this workshop we will explore what impact the job system has had on our creativity and our ability to imagine a world where we survive and thrive without jobs. We will explore how we might sustain ourselves using what already exists in our communities, what economists are calling the “third industrial revolution,” and explore how what we already know and the third industrial revolution might became the basis for a new way for human beings to sustain ourselves and develop a new understanding of human nature and the human spirit.
Restoring the Neighbor Back to the ‘Hood: Eliminating Violence and Building Place Based Beloved Community
In this workshop participants will engage in place-based learning to develop a collective understanding of how urban gun violence and mass incarceration became normal, as well as explore how neighborhoods can work to transform this reality. We will co-create an understanding of how neighborhoods have been transformed by violence and mass incarceration and develop potential community-based projects that can transform neighborhoods from the way they are into beloved communities.
Creating Neighborhood Justice: A Community Based Approach to Eliminating Police Brutality
This workshop supports participants in developing an approach to ending police violence by organizing and exercising the transformative power that already exists in their neighborhoods. By exploring the historical emergence of policing and its historical evolution, participants will develop a framework to understand why police violence exists. Building on this understanding, participants will develop an understanding of when, how, and where place based organizing can work to eliminate the justifications police use for brutality and violence.