On the weekend of March 1st through 3rd, we had the first Core Organizer Training of the year. The 14-hour training was attended by seventeen diverse participants, ages 20 to 60, from different social and economic backgrounds, and from varied organizations such as Occupy Memphis, H.O.P.E., M.G.L.C.C., GrowMemphis, CROW and others.
The experience of participating in the Core Organizer Training is completely different each time. The curriculum doesn’t change, but the knowledge and experience brought to the group by each participant is unique.
The Core Organizer Training has been built upon a method called “direct education.” Direct education directly confronts and challenges the current traditional system where there is evidence of injustice in how people are taught. Rather than accepting traditional education at face value, which gives all the expertise to textbooks and to teachers or trainers, direct education invites the expertise of the people themselves. Direct education is about liberation and empowerment. It calls upon the direct source of wisdom – the group itself!
There is a lot of theorizing in organizing; and people can read book after book, but active exposure in the field – true community organizing – yields invaluable experience.
Direct education also opens a safe space for participants to bring to the circle their knowledge as a human beings, and enables them to take risks. Here, their own life skills are realized and easily applied to the work of organizing. This experiential method of education becomes very powerful for teaching. Participants discover; trust and reinforce their inner power; build confidence in themselves; and experience getting to know a group of supportive people who share that effort.
We believe that every person has a lot of knowledge to offer that is supplemental to their organizing or professional knowledge. The Core Organizer Training offers a space for an individual and group to develop, share and grow such skills.
The topics of the Core Organizer Training are Introduction to Organizing, Organizing your Community, Strategy Planning, Media, Transforming Conflict, Nonviolent Direct Action and Campaign. Each one of these topics are approached in an experiential as well as theoretical way. If you want to make your community a better place to live, or you already are working at organizing your community and will want to learn new tools and skills, this training is for you!
Our next Core Organizing Training will be in Spanish on August, 2013. If you speak Spanish or have friends who speak Spanish let them know about this training. Any cultural experience will also be a plus for this training.
Our next Core Organizing Training in English will be this fall.
Please, if you want to participate in those trainings send us an email or call us to register you in our waiting list.
Upcoming Development Support Workshop
Emotional Support for Men
Men are expected to be self-sufficient and to have all the answers to every problem, which leaves them feeling isolated and alone with their struggles. This workshop will help men to have a safe place to explore past hurts and current patterns based in old hurts, to develop close, healthy relationships with women and men, to become better allies to women and to learn how to interrupt sexism, to reclaim a sense of your own goodness and worth, and more.
When: Saturday, March 16, 1 – 6pm
Where: MSPJC, 3573 Southern Ave. Memphis TN 38111 – wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Sliding scale $25-$50
Registration online or by phone is required, please click here to register.
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Donations for scholarships are gratefully accepted.
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