Organizing For Power

“Progressives have plenty of good ideas.
The issue is that we win too few campaigns because we lack the power required.
Organizing, at its core, is about building the power to win.”
– Jane McAlevey

Organizing for Power (O4P) is a free online training and networking program for organizers around the world. More than 10,000 workers from 6 continents and 70 countries have joined O4P trainings in the past 18 months.

This special Hawaiʻi edition, organized by Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks!, is based on the “Workers Rising Everywhere!” training created by labor organizer and educator Jane McAlevey. This training series focuses on building large (super!) majorities in settings such as workplaces, unions, housing complexes and our communities in order to win the toughest campaigns and organizing battles.

Using mixed methodologies and small-group sessions, participants will focus on developing core organizing skills including: leader identification, 1-on-1 conversations, charting, and structure tests.

This training will be a six-part series focusing on building skills to organze in our communities and on campaigns.

Session 1: Saturday, January 15th, 9am - 11am
Core concepts and Semantics
What are the core concepts: - Structure, Leaders, Stress tests, Organizing Conversations, Mapping and Charting
and Why the words we use matter

Session 2: Saturday, January 22nd, 9am - 11am
Now that we have our core concepts and the language we need to use, we need to define our structures - what does this mean and how do we identify them.
     What is a ‘structure’
     Electoral vs community

Session 3: Saturday, January 29th, 9am - 11am
Identifying Leaders
Now that we have identified our structures, we need to identify leaders in those structures
     What is a leader? 
     How do we identify them? 
     What do we want them to do?

Session 4: Saturday, February 5th, 9am - 11am
Stress Tests
Now that we have identified our structures and our leaders - what do we want them to do. 
     What are these? 
     Why have them? 
     Why do we use them?

Session 5: Saturday, February 12th, 9am - 11am
Organizing Conversations
Now that we have structures, identified our leaders, worked on our language, and identified our stress tests - time to have our organizing conversations
     What is an organizing conversation and what does it look like

Session 6: Saturday, February 19th, 9am - 11am
Mapping and Charting
Now that we have identified our structures, identified our leaders, created stress tests and had our conversations - how do we keep track and why?
     How do we map our structures?
     How do we track our leaders and stress tests?
     Taking our information from organizing conversations to continue to map our structures and to track our stress tests?
     What does this look like?


About the Organizing for Power Training Series

Training dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29. 2/5, 2/12, 2/19
9am - 11am

Cost: Free

Venue: Online via Zoom

To apply, fill out the application below.
Application Deadline is December 11th.

Questions? Email Laura Nevitt at [email protected].

Organized by Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks!


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