Thursday, April 18, 2013

Learn How to #Occupy

…your workplace, community…so why not your campus, classroom & coffeehouse while you are at it? The backlog on organizing, conferences, symposia, strategies, actions, petitions, campaigns, leaving academia, saving academia, ed tech innovation/disruption, change, social media, building online networks of resistance, links, COCAL Updates and all that adjunctiverse/WhitherU stuff  keeps growing. I may not get to it all. You may have it already. Information and links still need to be accessible online. I wonder how best to start and where to curate. Input please. Really.

In the meantime (and because I am really behind on blogging ~ more from surfeit than deficit), this from InterOccupy caught my eye when it landed in my morning mailbox. The NYC General Assembly is offering an"occupy workplace training workshop" (+ Facebook page) this coming Saturday. Going is out of the question, but the idea is interesting. worth following and learning more about. Surely someone following us here on the blog, Facebook page, Twitter or in our new Google Plus Community will (or could) be there. Help us follow and we'll report back to everyone else. Consider it a warm up for Mayday...

Occupy Sandy Recovery
Are you one of the many New Yorkers who were inspired by Superstorm Sandy to stand with your neighbors? Perhaps you're ready to take the next step and begin organizing in your workplace or community, but don't know where to start?

The training will take place on Saturday, April 20th at Judson Memorial Church, right off Washington Square Park.

Topics will include the types of workplace organizing possible, why each is different and important and what the future of workplace organizing could look like.

The class will be lead by at least one experienced trainer who has served as a Teaching Fellow at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and has been trained as an Organizing Trainer by the Industrial Workers of the World.

The training will consider the differences between a mainstream union and a syndicalist union, analyse the stages of an organizing campaign, gathering contacts, mapping the workplace to understand social dynamics, and the building up of an organizing committee.

Much of the day will be spent working on our organizing conversation skills, i.e. conducting a conversation that flows naturally from agitation to education to inoculation, and finally to the importance and how-to of organizing and forming a union (AEIOU).

If you do not know what any of this means, don't worry – we will go over it. If you do and think you have something to contribute to the conversation, please join us as well.

We expect and encourage a dynamic group of participants. Come with an open mind and a willingness to try and explore something new.

Let's take our workplace and community organizing to the next level!

-- from Occupy Your Workplace c/o Occupy Sandy Volunteers

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