Making our action count
This training shares key tools and helps build skills for developing effective and responsive strategies. Using a hands-on and applied-experiential learning method, participants will learn to analyse contexts, create vision, identify opportunities and challenges, and develop responsive plans to move towards their objectives. At this crucial time for our social movements, the need for focused, well-crafted, and well-informed strategies couldn’t be more important.
The training will follow the structure of a ‘strategy arc’, covering the tools and skills to carry us from clarifying purpose to realising our goals. We’ll explore methods that enable us to develop clear pathways for action, building the capacity and power needed to follow them, and the responsiveness to keep learning and adapting as we go.
“What can we do now in order to be able to do tomorrow what we are unable to do today?” (Paulo Freire)
The structure will enable us to explore cutting edge approaches to:
A more detailed outline of content and structure will follow in the coming weeks.
Who is it aimed at?
Participants involved in activism and organising addressing ecological, political and social justice issues – who want to make their actions and energy count.
G has been involved in social movement organising and education since the late 1980’s. He is a highly regarded trainer and has designed numerous training programmes covering areas such as psychosocial resilience in activism, the ecology of social movements, and leaderful organising. As a founding member of the Ulex Project, he is known for highly innovative work blending pedagogical methodologies. This holistic approach to activist learning has inspired numerous training initiatives across Europe. He currently steers the strategic development of the Ulex Project and its social movement capacity building programme.
Hilal Demir, a cook, an artist and a DJ at home; nonviolent trainer, facilitator for already 20 years with a lot of experience on nonviolence and related topics such as organizing, conflicts, nonviolent action, understanding power, resilience, strategy etc. She is passionate about informal learning experiences, community organizing, group dynamics, supporting activists and organizations for long lasting healthy social movements for a just future. As a nonviolent queer-feminist activist she has created organizations and groups in Turkey for spreading nonviolent culture.
Tashy Endres has 18 years of experience in movements for social and spatial justice. This includes long-standing involvements in the movement of unemployed and landless workers in Buenos Aires, Occupy Wall Street in New York City, Decolonizing Architecture in Bethlehem, Kotti & Co (a tenants initiative in the Berlin social housing system), Berlin Rent Referendum and the Jumpstarting Working Group of Expropriating Deutsche Wohnen & Co in Berlin, which she/they co-founded and is currently active in. Tashy works as a political educator, facilitator, trainer and strategy coach in social movements and political organisations in the fields of transformative (community) organizing, social justice and critical diversity, nonviolent communication and conflict transformation through an intersectional lense as well as regenerative organizing and activism.
building collective agency - theory and practice
a holistic approach
1. A thorny-evergreen flowering shrub, with a high capacity for regeneration and resilience. Its seedpods open in contact with fire and it reshoots from charred stumps. A successionary plant that grows well under challenging conditions. It improves soil fertility through nitrogen fixing, preparing the way for renewed biodiversity.
2. A traditional choice for igniting fires. Burns hot and bright.
3. A networked project adding nutrition and fertility to European social movements through training and capacity building. It kindles the realisation of social justice, ecological intelligence, and cognitive vitality.