2018 Online Author Talks for Organizers

As organizers and activists, it’s not always easy to stay abreast of the latest thinking and writing about movement-building. Yet it’s vital to bringing more wisdom, creativity and inspiration to this work! And connecting to others deeply committed to movement-building can help us re-charge. 

Here is a series of online talks by authors of some of the most important recently-published movement-building books. Read the book before the talk, or not. Ask questions and join the discussion, or just listen in. And please share with your community!

More Great Reads for Organizers.

 
*SMT is a small non-profit organization. We rely on contributions and fees for all our work. Every registrant is invited to make a contribution towards the cost of developing and providing these Talks, in an amount as you are able. As a guide, $30 is a heavily subsidized rate. $60 is cost. More than that helps subsidize others. The form is at the bottom of this page. Thank you for supporting this work.

[Also: don’t miss the “Managing Google Ad Grants“ webinar on February 21 and 28]


Jan 17, 2018 [past – recording available]

Re:Imagining Change – How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World, by Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough

As the resistance fights back in the era of “alternative facts,” making meaning through effective framing has never been more important. Progressive movements face threats in every arena, and we must remember that while the facts may be on our side, we need to tell our stories in ways that are strategic, compelling, and actionable.

Join this Author Talk to:

  • Learn about narrative power analysis and the elements of a winning campaign story;
  • Reflect on inspiring examples of effective framing and storytelling from contemporary movements like #BlackLivesMatter, climate justice, anti-war and migrant justice;
  • Get tools to strengthen your own narrative strategies.

Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough are co-founders of the Center for Story-based Strategy and have several decades of combined experience supporting movements for racial, economic, and ecological justice.

Erin Malone, Communications Director for Forward Together, SMT Board President, and long-time online/offline organizer, will MC this talk. 

More information on this book. To order this book at half the cost, use coupon “change” here


Feb 22, 2018 [past – recording available]

How to Jumpstart Your Union: Lessons From the Chicago Teachers

A handful of rank-and-file teachers organized themselves, ran for office, charted a new direction for the 27,000-member Chicago Teachers Union, and led a citywide strike that became a model for unions across the country.

Join this Author Talk to learn how they did it! Discover the steps CTU leaders are still using to:

  • Engage thousands of members to tackle problems on the job;
  • Work with their communities;
  • Spread their lessons beyond the city of Chicago.

Kim Goldaum is a Teacher, Elementary Functional VP of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU1), and Member of Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE)
Samantha Winslow is the Co-Director of Labor Notes and is a former union organizer. 

More information on this book.  


Feb 27, 2018 [past – recording available]

Secrets of a Successful Organizer, by Alexandra Bradbury, Mark Brenner, and Jane Slaughter

This session will show you how to fight back where you work and win. Our book and free, downloadable training materials can help!

Join this Author Talk to:

  • Identify the key issues in your workplace;
  • Build campaigns to tackle them;
  • Anticipate management’s tricks and traps;
  • Inspire your co-workers to stand together despite their fears.

Alexandra Bradbury is the Co-Director of Labor Notes and is a former union researcher and organizer. 

More information on this book.  


May 2, 2018 1-2pm EST [past – recording available]

Organizing for Social Change, Midwest Academy. 

If you want to change the world, you need to organize.

Join this Author Talk to:

  • Learn the principles of organizing from the leading manual on organizing for social change;
  • Join our cross-generational discussion on the foundational principles on advocacy and direct action organizing.

Heather Booth has been an organizer since the early civil rights and women’s movement. She has directed or advised such major campaigns as financial reform (CFPB), immigration reform, marriage equality, tax fairness, health care reform and founded the Midwest Academy organizer training center.

Carmen Berkley intersects the issues of communities of color and women into campaigns that improve peoples lives. She serves as the Managing Director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

More information on this book.  


May 17, 2018 1-2pm EST

Rules for Revolutionaries, by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

The most innovative thing to talk about here is decoupling paid staff from the organizing process, which allows virtually unlimited scaling in a movement, because of the vast ocean of volunteers to draw from. Join this Author Talk to:

  • Learn about the way we’re setting volunteers up to make commitments to each other instead of to paid staff;
  • Learn ways that ensure follow-through on hard, scary things like hosting phone banks and leading canvasses—and all the tools and techniques that allow for all this to scale massively.

Zack Exley has been a leader in online fundraising and engagement for nearly 20 years. Most recently, Zack served as a full-time senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was an architect of the campaign’s national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign.

More information on this book. 


CANCELLED 

Resistance Guide (inspired by book “This is an Uprising” by Mark Engler and Paul Engler), by Paul Engler, Sophie Lasoff, and The Momentum Community

A powerful social movement has risen in this country to oppose Trump and to build a better America. Now there is a guide to give you the essential tools and strategies to grow and maintain a resistance powerful enough to win. Join this Author Talk to:

  • Understand how great social movements of the past can guide the current fight;
  • Sustain the movement even in times of burnout, disillusionment, or apathy;
  • Know how your group’s efforts fit in with a larger movement.

Sophie Lasoff is currently leading research on the impact of popular movements at the Ayni Institute. She recently helped develop Ayni’s newest training on social movement ecology, a framework to help organizations work together to deepen their collective impact. She is also a trainer with Momentum, a program to equip organizers in building mass social movements.

Cicia Lee, the National Coordinator of Momentum, will MC this talk. She is also a member of a team organizing young Christians committed to contemplative practice, storytelling, and noncooperation.

More information on this book.  

 
*SMT is a small non-profit organization. We rely on contributions and fees for all our work. Every registrant is invited to make a contribution towards the cost of developing and providing these Talks, in an amount as you are able. As a guide, $30 is a heavily subsidized rate. $60 is cost. More than that helps subsidize others. The form is below. Thank you for supporting this work.