9:00am - 12:00pm
United Way of Winnipeg Learning Centre
1st floor, 580 Main St.
Price: CCEDNet members: $25 | Non-members: $75
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What does it mean to "organize"? How do we gain "people power" and put it to use? The answers to these questions can help people in communities of all types identify and carry out effective strategies for achieving social change on scales big and small. While organizing is often associated with political parties and issue-based social movement organizations, community development actors can also benefit from thinking strategically about the resources and opportunities that exist within their political landscapes.
This workshop will introduce the "snowflake" model of community organizing championed by Marshal Ganz as a way of helping those working in community development think about the politics of improving people's lives. Facilitators will guide participants through hands-on, group exercises outlining the core principles of community organizing and engagement, including storytelling, building relationships, developing leaders and setting strategy. This workshop is for anyone with an interest in learning about the intersections of politics, public policy, and grassroots organizing.
A long-time resident of Winnipeg's North and West End neighbourhoods, Joe Wasylycia-Leis is dedicated to fighting for social and environmental justice at the local level. After graduating with a Master's of Environmental Studies, Joe has spent much of the last two years honing his skills as a community organizer, working with Leadnow, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition and the People's Climate Plan. In the Fall of 2016 he coordinated The Gathering, CCEDNet's annual community development conference, and is now employed as the University of Winnipeg's Campus Sustainability Coordinator.