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Upcoming Courses and Events

Layton Activism Award Celebration!

Layton Activism Award Celebration!

NOTE: To join us in-person, please register in the green box on the right.

To register on ZOOM, please CLICK HERE.

Jack Layton was a joyful and passionate activist who believed in our collective strength to organize for transformative change in every conceivable way. 

A key component of the Layton Legacy project is to encourage and support new waves of activism; to support the long-standing and new emerging groups who are committed to organizing for change in their community.

That’s why we’re excited to invite you to join us in person on Monday, August 22, 2022 for the Layton Activism Award Celebration. This initiative, as part of Jack's Legacy, is designed to amplify the activism we see all around us. To support, grow, and move forward with the changes we want to see. The award will be decided upon by an expert panel of judges from across the country with deep ties to Jack's life and work: Libby Davies (British Columbia), Yens Pedersen (Saskatchewan), Darnel Harris (Ontario), Hélène Leblanc (Quebec), and Bob Gallagher (Ontario).

The event will also feature a panel discussion between Bob Gallagher, Jack's former Chief of Staff, and Anne McGrath, the current NDP federal party secretary. This discussion will be moderated by Karl Belanger, Jack’s former press secretary and currently the President of the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation.

WHERE: George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University, 245 Church St, Third Floor

The event will also be live-streamed over Zoom. Click here to register on Zoom.

Building Skills for Change - Fall 2022

Building Skills for Change - Fall 2022

Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world? This course is for you.

The Building Skills for Change workshop series is designed to help anyone learn how to make a difference in their community through the basics of strategizing, organizing, telling your own story, and taking effective action.

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

  • Tell your story to motivate others to take action.
  • 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

After completing the course you will receive a certificate in Organizing for Social Change from the Institute for Change Leaders.

The curriculum is based on the teachings of Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and 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

This course takes place over 8 weeks, each Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm EST, beginning September 27th, 2022 and ending November 15th. Coaching circles will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm EST. 

The Tuesday sessions include lectures and facilitator-led breakout groups with the opportunity to practice that week's material. The Thursday sessions function as 'office hours' for participants to ask questions, practice their skills, and receive coaching.

Price

The regular price ticket is $499.00. ICL will be offering a limited number of scholarships to individuals and groups working or volunteering with a non-profit, charity, labour union or social movement. Please complete this form to apply.

Teaching Team

Duncan photoDuncan Pike is a union activist, campaigner, and social movement trainer with a passion for supporting people who are organizing for a more just, fair, and equitable society. As a facilitator and Communications Lead with the Institute for Change Leaders, Duncan has trained thousands of new activists and union members on organizing and campaign strategy and tactics, public narrative, and campaign messaging.

Building Skills for Change - Fall 2022 Subsidized Tickets

Building Skills for Change - Fall 2022 Subsidized Tickets

Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world? This course is for you.

The Building Skills for Change workshop series is designed to help anyone learn how to make a difference in their community through the basics of strategizing, organizing, telling your own story, and taking effective action.

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

  • Tell your story to motivate others to take action.
  • 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

After completing the course you will receive a certificate in Organizing for Social Change from the Institute for Change Leaders.

The curriculum is based on the teachings of Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and 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

This course takes place over 8 weeks, each Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm EST, beginning September 27th, 2022 and ending November 15th. Coaching circles will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm EST. 

The Tuesday sessions include lectures and facilitator-led breakout groups with the opportunity to practice that week's material. The Thursday sessions function as 'office hours' for participants to ask questions, practice their skills, and receive coaching.

Price

The regular price ticket is $499.00. ICL will be offering a limited number of scholarships to individuals and groups working or volunteering with a non-profit, charity, labour union or social movement. Please complete this form to apply.

Teaching Team

Duncan photoDuncan Pike is a union activist, campaigner, and social movement trainer with a passion for supporting people who are organizing for a more just, fair, and equitable society. As a facilitator and Communications Lead with the Institute for Change Leaders, Duncan has trained thousands of new activists and union members on organizing and campaign strategy and tactics, public narrative, and campaign messaging.

Learn Organizing Skills to Win Health Justice!

Learn Organizing Skills to Win Health Justice!

Are you involved in the health care sector and passionate about making positive change in your field and your community? Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world? This course is for you.

During this one-day, in-person workshop from the Institute for Change Leaders and the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation, lead instructor Olivia Chow will teach you how to:
  • Tell your story to motivate others
  • Using deep canvassing to connect with voters and supporters about your cause
  • Design a strategy that gets the change you want
  • Structure your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
  • Recruit and keep volunteers
  • Choose tactics that move decision-makers

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.

Breakfast, snacks, and coffee will be included.

Since launching in 2015:

Supporting people taking action
For a just and sustainable society

I recommend this training to everyone who wants to take action to speak out against the injustice they are facing.

~ Rebiya, Newcomer Women’s Services

United Way Greater Toronto
Newcomer Women Services
Toronto Ward Museum

Supporting people taking action
For empowered workers

With Olivia’s energy and expertise, we trained and launched teams of early childhood educators who have in turn engaged thousands of childcare workers and reached tens of thousands of parents and voters.

~ Lyndsay Macdonald, Early Childhood Educator

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario
TYRLC
USW

Supporting people taking action
For thriving Indigenous communities

I learned so much, and I will utilize my newly acquired knowledge to create change in my home community.

~ Andrew, Aboriginal Health Initiative

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
OSHKI-WENJACK
We Matter

Supporting people taking action
For a healthy and strong democracy

A great experience to be able to engage in thoughtful, skill-building training and get to hear the inspiring stories of badass change leaders.

~ Emily, Young Women’s Leadership Network

Fair Vote Canada
Toronto Youth Cabinet
Young Women's Leadership Network

We've trained dozens of organizations, including:

YWCA
Greenpeace
United Way
AMAPCEO

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