Resist - Protect - Create!
- 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.
- March 10-11 (6pm on Friday - 5pm Saturday) - Artful Activism, Backbone Theory of Change and Campaign Organizing - Backbone Co-Founder Bill Moyer and Organizing Director Eric Ross, WAMend Cindy Black. Cost for training, meals and housing: $50-$200 (Sliding Scale). Register.
- March 25-26 (8am Saturday - 3pm Sunday) - Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment training + Cultural Healing and overcoming fragmentation and alienation - Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Margot Boyer. Cost for training, meals and housing: $50-$200 (Sliding Scale). Register.
- April 22 (8am - 5pm; Saturday only) - Community Organizing - Jim Diers, Sandra Vandervan - O Space, Vashon Island. Cost for training, meals: $25-$100 (Sliding Scale).
- (Date pending) - Solutionary Strategies - More info coming soon.
Let's increase our collective capacity to be effective change agents and build a future worthy of our children!
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- Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 01:00 PM – March 26, 2017
- NW Change Agent Center (former Hostel on Vashon Island) in Vashon, WA
Note: This workshop is now full. Contact Amy to get on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
Backbone NW Change Agent Center
Spring Training Series: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: Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, presented by Margot Boyer: effective and flexible strategies for responding to issues of oppression, privilege, and diversity. Paul Cheoketen Wagner will present Cultural Work that connects our Sense of Place. In Michael Meade's session, he will draw upon the redeeming functions of myth and ritual as vessels of imagination and regeneration that can open new ways to see and new paths to follow.Where: Hostel Space on Vashon Island, 12119 SW Cove Rd, Vashon, WA 98070Shared sleeping accommodations are available on a first come/first served basis.Schedule:IMPORTANT NOTE: Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment is a five-hour training; you must be in the Saturday session to attend the second half on Sunday.Saturday
1:00 Arrival, check in and orientation
2:00 Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, Part 1
5:00 Hands-on banner making and socializing6:00 Dinner
7:00 Paul Cheoketen Wagner
9:00 Sacred circle with Paul Cheoketen Wagner
10:00 Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment, Part 2
12:15 Lunch1:00 Presentation by Michael Meade on the power of myth and ritual to heal our fragmentation and alienation.3:30 Finish
How: Register below. Meals are included in the cost of the training; let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
If you can volunteer to help with set up, clean up, or kitchen help, please email Amy.
More about Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment:
The Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment model enables us to make sense of the complex dynamics of Status, Rank, and Power. Whatever social memberships we hold, we can learn to identify the skills we’re using, notice the skills others use, and develop more effective ways to address the problems of privilege and oppression. The work is especially useful for teachers, counselors, organizers, and other group leaders.
Facilitator Margot Boyer taught writing and English at North Seattle Community College for ten years and lives on Vashon. She is a co-author with Leticia Nieto of Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Model to Liberate Everyone.Paul Cheoketen Wagner
Paul "Che oke ten" Wagner of the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe shares traditional songs and stories of the Coast Salish peoples locally and internationally. An award winning Native American flutist, he interweaves his Spirit-gifted songs on the Native American flute along with traditional tribal drum songs into a journey to an ancient time and place of the first peoples of this land. Paul was honored to speak at the COP21 climate talks in Paris alongside Jill Stein and Deborah Parker, and he participated in the global Canoe Project on the Seine River and the Hudson River. He is a member of the deFundDAPL coalition which recently defunded DAPL, with the City of Seattle removing 3 billion dollars from Wells Fargo bank. This winter, Paul led the funding, creation, delivery, and assembly of over 51 tarpees (modernized tipis with wood stoves) for Water Protectors at Standing Rock.Michael MeadeMichael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. Hecombines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today. He has authored several books and is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.