Our trainings can help you to:
- Create more effective and powerful campaigns.
- Support your group to be more inclusive, effective and sustainable.
We regularly train groups in:
Consensus Decision Making – Whether you are new to non-hierarchical organising or familiar with the challenges and benefits of consensus, we can train you to develop and deepen the skills and attitudes you need to make effective and empowering decisions. We look at more than just the practical process: we explore the values that underpin consensus and how we can ensure these are upheld through all parts of the process.
Facilitating Meetings – Facilitation often falls to more confident and experienced group members. Our trainings emphasise facilitation as a role and an attitude that can be shared between group members. We also explore practical tools and methods which can increase your capacity and confidence to support your group to have more effective and inclusive meetings.
Direct Action – Direct action can be an extremely effective tactic in the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice. This training gives you practical experience of planning, organising and taking effective and empowering action. As well as exploring practical techniques, we support you in considering your own boundaries, how to be as safe as possible, and how to foster good communication and support in your action group.
Power and Oppression – Power and oppression plays out in the society around us and within our groups. Exploring our own experiences of systemic oppression and privilege can help us to better understand how to transform ourselves, our relationships, our organizations, workplaces, and communities in order to collaborate effectively across difference.
Working With Conflict – We see conflict as an inevitable part of working in groups. When explored and worked with it can be a catalyst for personal and collective growth. This training offers you an opportunity to understand why conflict happens, consider your own responses to conflict, and nurture skills like deep listening and empathy, which will help you to work through conflict in your relationships and groups.
Strategic Campaigning – What is the difference between tactics and strategy? How can we ensure our campaigns are well planned, strategic and adaptable so that we can make the most of changing circumstances? How can we include people who don’t consider themselves strategic thinkers in our campaign planning? This training provides a space to consider these questions and more, as well as the chance to practice skills and methods to plan effective campaigns. As well as this training we can facilitate your strategy and visioning sessions.
Sustainable Activism – Struggling for social, economic and environmental justice can take its toll on our emotional and physical wellbeing and that of our communities. This training explores how we can sustain our visions for social change, nurture ourselves and our communities, minimise burnout and put wellness at the centre of what we do, so that we can stay active for the long haul. We will explore tools and strategies to develop cultures of care and support that can help your group thrive.
Working with the Media (for grassroots organisers) –Learn to make the most of interactions with the media. From developing your confidence in interview techniques to creating a media strategy for your campaign, this training should leave you feeling confident to engage with both the mainstream and DIY media.
Training for Trainers – We know that participatory training and facilitation works and that people involved in social, economic and ecological change work have many skills to share with each other. Our training for trainers course will give you a chance to experience our methodology while deepening your own facilitation skills. By developing skills and practicing in a supportive environment you will increase your confidence in designing and delivering trainings, explore group dynamics, and consider strategies for maximising learning for everybody in a learning group.
This list is not exhaustive! Please contact us if you would like us to design a different training tailored to your needs.