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A few lessons from my recent front line organizing experiences, as well as a few thoughts on the larger picture.

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  • 1.Mobilizing for Social Change How to Build Activist CommunitiesBuilding Community to Change the World byRebuilding Community!

2. What Do I Want To Accomplish Today?Empower and activate participantsMake some friends!Learn about community projectsExplore collaboration opportunitiesCommunicate what I have learned throughmy diverse range of experienceSTART A CONVERSATIONMobilize activate! 3. Three SectionsCommunity OrganizingModern ContextHow Do We Win? Where Do I Start?!?... A Few Initial Questions 4. A Few Initial Questions-What is your passion? What really makesyou tick?-Who/Whom do you want to work with?What is your tribe?-Who will work with you now?-What resources do you have available toyou?-What do you want to learn?-What is your story?... What lead up to thismoment? 5. Sureshs StoryB. Sc. Physics7 years at ScotiaMcLeod Built $30 million private client wealthmanagement practice5 years running Catalyst Capital Partners3 years studying philosophy at SFU1. 5 years raising hell! Occupy, Maple Spring, DefendOurCoast,Enbridge Noise Demo, BC Social Forum 6. The Change We Seek isCoincident with the Process for Change 7. Community Organizing 8. Components of Overall Strategy-Develop Founding Documents-Consensus models-Key Roles and OrganizationalResponsibilities/Structure-Running Effective Meetings-Building Your Volunteer Team-Building Campaigns-Community Engagement-Online strategy-Media and messaging-List management 9. Challenges there will be many!Might as well be aware anticipate Differing perspectives and agendas differentways of viewing and talking about the worldPeople participate for various reasonsNot everyone will be constructive We will do collaborationexercise! 10. What Is The Most Important Realization? 11. Community Organizingregardless of the issue focus is about building community! The goal is to structure and organize communities that have a strong collectivepurpose! 12. Building A Volunteer TeamEmpower othersBe collaborative!... Co-createAsk people what they want to doRemember that people participate fora range of different reasonsBuild community!Organize different event types! 13. Key Roles and ResponsibilitiesOrganizers FacilitatorsSocial Media/Web supportDocumentationFocus on tasks and responsibilities as opposed to fixed positions be flexible dont get attached toparticular roles share responsibility 14. Develop Founding DocumentsBasis of UnityDecision MakingOperating Structure 15. Consensus Decision MakingDo you want to be precise?What is the consensus threshold? Occupy Vancouver used a 90/10 modelDefendOurCoast 80/20 wasproposedDo you use progressive stacking?Are your facilitators trained properly? 16. Running Effective MeetingsDistribute agenda in advanceProper facilitationTake minutesDistribute and centralize minutes 17. Building CampaignsIdentify theme we are the 99%!Identify symbol Red square Blue dropThink about events actions...Identify resources People Money etc 18. Community EngagementGrassroots mobilizationGrasstops mobilization List marketingSpeaking at related eventsParticipating in community groupsIdentify free media/publicationchannels 19. Online StrategyUse Facebook and Youtube to reachgrassrootsUse Twitter to reach politicians andmediaFacebook represents scaleEnsure that you stay activeEnsure many people participaterepresent whole team! 20. Media and MessagingFocus on key messages CLASSElessonIdentify spokes people thatunderstand issues Enbridge NoiseDemo lessAt events, have identified mediacontacts and a media desk 21. List ManagementAlways collect contact info!Make sure that list is used regularlyTarget messaging to match how yousolicited email no spam!If possible, segment lists 22. Key MessagesDominant Institutional structures(capitalism and corporations)reinforce the selfishness and greed 23. Taking Things To The NextLevel 24. Whats the Problem? Actions are small Impact is small Actions are uncoordinatedWHY? 25. Movements versus CampaignsNot something we organizeA part of the collective consciousnessUnstructuredLeaderlessNon-hierarchicalMomentum driven!... The problem isthat momentum is hard to sustain 26. Principles To EmbraceTransparencyLeaderless what does this mean?Decentralized 27. The Modern Context 28. The Story of Capitalism CapitalismSocial Alienation Structuralthe destruction Imbalance of communitySilos, territorialismEconomic Inequality Systemic Oppression and the inabilityto collaborate Dominant Institutional structures(capitalism and corporations) reinforce the selfishness and greed 29. The Way Forward rebuild communities Eco-villages Co-operative/communal living Co-location spacesFocus on Localization and rebuilding community solidarity 30. What do we need to do?... CollaborateChallenges Differing Lens way of viewing the world Differing Language way of talking about the world Differing goals and agendas Prioritizing self interest over collective interest 31. The Importance of Physical Space! The Occupy Lesson Trust takes time to build The challenges of differing perspectives, goals and agendas can only be resolved by spending time together! 32. Problems We Need To SolveFinancing the transitionHow we work together 33. What Does the World We Want To Build Look Like?Leaders are directly accountable topeople Participatory democracySustainable: respect for Mother EarthEgalitarian: respect all individualsequally Need to recognize structure imbalances 34. Technological TransformationThe Forces at PlayBroadband P roli ferationReal TimeInfrastructure Increase in Processing PowerPower at Edge of Network t of MemoryDecrease in CosHigh VISIBILITYandConnectedness What Does this lead to? 35. Values TransformationThe Forces at Play ClimateC h an ge Financial Marke t CollapseofPowerDiscontent! Shifts in Global BalanceltureWestern Cu in tation a gmention and Frontext Aliena rit ual C /Spi ol isticce of Hn Abse 36. The Tipping PointThe Forces at PlayValues Transfo rmationThe TippingPoint!!rmatio ngical Transfo Technolo So What Now? 37. Old ParadigmNew ParadigmPrivacy TransparencyClosedOpenIsolatedCollaborativeHierarchicalFlatCentralized DecentralizedGlobalization LocalizationSelf interested Part of EcosystemSolely focused on financial Focused on triple bottomprofit (corporations) lineEmployees are workers Employees are humanProgress quantified by ROIProgress quantified by SROIUse technology to increaseUse technology to buildproductivitycommunityInsular view of world Holistic view 38. Collaboration ExerciseIdentify one thing that youare willing to work ontogether and the next step 39. How Do We Win? 40. Mass Mobilization convergence!Impact policy makersBuild solidarityBuild community 41. Convergence in the Streets convergence of Ideology embracing collectively a newway of being in the world 42. Decentralization and FederationConnect decentralized networksusing technologyShare information, resources, bestpractices 43. We need to create the spaceswhereWe can share ideas and perspectivesso that we can converge onsomething we all agree onWe can develop trust in each otherThese spaces need to be both in thereal world and virtualIn doing so 44. Central ConceptsSolidarity unity in differenceConvergenceDialogueShared Space