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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.

Learn Organizing Skills to Win Health Justice!

Learn Organizing Skills to Win Health Justice!

To register to join ONLINE over Zoom please click here.

Accessible and free mental health.
Seamless, high quality and affordable home care
Maternal health and Indigenous Midwives across Canada.

Are you involved in the health care sector and passionate about making positive social change? This course is for you.

During this one-day, in-person and on zoom workshop from the Institute for Change Leaders and the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation, lead instructors Rahat Hossain, MD Psychiatry resident and Olivia Chow will teach you how to:

  • Tell your story to motivate others
  • Recruit and keep volunteers
  • Structure your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
  • Design a strategy that gets the change you want
  • 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.

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The Institute for Change Leaders is a Canadian registered charity that can issue official donation receipts (no. 763310679 RR 0001). ICL is brought to you by the Faculty of Community Services at Toronto Metropolitan University.

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