Resist-Protect-Create! 2017 Training Calendar for the NW Change Agent Center


Resist - Protect - Create!

Who: Calling all Change Agents! Whether you are a veteran activist or recently mobilized member of Indivisible - We want you to join us on beautiful Vashon Island as we learn together, create art and props, build community, and deepen our activism.  
What: Backbone Campaign presents a series of trainings; each workshop will focus on one of the five disciplines, or Sectors of Agency in our Theory of Change:
  • Artful Activism, creative campaign design and props to make the invisible visible, bringing light to cause;
  • Community Organizing, non-transactional inquiry and engagement, building leadership and community power;
  • Cultural Work for anti-oppression & sense of place;
  • Storytelling and Media Making for reflecting and projecting our stories; and
  • Solutionary Strategies for a Just Transition, building and proving that another world is possible. 
Where: Trainings will happen at the Hostel Space on Vashon Island, 12119 SW Cove Rd, Vashon, WA 98070
Shared sleeping accommodations are available on a first come/first served basis.  
Upcoming trainings:
  • May 12-13 (5 pm on Friday - 5 pm Saturday) - Community Organizing, Creative Tactics and Kayaktivism. Jim Diers will lead a Friday night workshop on Community Organizing.  Bill Moyer and Eric Ross will teach on Action Design and Creative Strategies. Then we'll head out to Quartermaster Harbor for a kayaktivist training, to prepare for upcoming actions necessary to keep our Salish Sea protected from an onslaught of fossil fuel projects. Love Wins! Register.

Let's increase our collective capacity to be effective change agents and build a future worthy of our children!



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  • Creative Tactics with Backbone

    Activate your Activism with Creativity!

    Kayaks, Light projections, Drumming for Demonstrations, Community Organizing - and much more

    Backbone Campaign presents a training for Change Agents on the Sectors of Agency: Community Organizing - Artful Activism - Creative Tactics, at the future home of the NW Change Agent Training Center on Vashon Island. 

    Join us Friday, May 12 for a Community Organizing workshop with Jim Diers.

    Then on Saturday, explore Creative Tactics and Artful Activism, including kayaktivism with Eric Ross in Quartermaster Harbor.

    Meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday) are included in the cost of training.

    Cost: $115-$140; a very limited number of partial scholarships may be available; email to inquire/apply.










    About the Presenters

    Jim Diers

    Jim Diers has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. He was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over a span of 14 years.


    Currently, Jim teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and government.

    He has received several community awards for his Community Organizing work and has authored a book titled Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way. More information can be found on his website,


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