Politics & Organizing

exco's picture

Formal Consensus

Formal Consensus is an approach to structuring organizations which codifies nonhierarchical/horizontal organizational structures to create a space in which decisions can be made in a participatory manner, efficiently and consistently. It is part of an effort to create a consensus equivalence of Robert’s Rules of Order.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Minnehaha free space MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Certified Formal Consensus Trainer since 2006.
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
30
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:00 - 17:00
Sat, 07/12/2014 - 14:00 - 17:00
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:00 - 17:00
Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:00 - 17:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Minnehaha free space MN
United States
Consensus Organizational Structures
timothydht's picture

Climate Solutions, Economic Renewal, and the Energy Transition

Over the past few years, our communities have faced the impacts of three interconnected threats - an economy that is failing people, a fragile and dangerous energy system, and an increasingly violent climate. Across the globe and here in the Twin Cities, communities are embarking on an epic journey to build solutions – a transition that will transform our energy systems, agriculture, urban structure, the global economy, and our everyday lives.

Are we ready for this challenge? As scientists struggle with technology, leaders fight entrenched political and social assumptions, economists try to rethink global markets, and everyday people prepare to adapt, we will unravel the challenge of our century.

This class is focused on providing a thorough understanding of issues surrounding creating green jobs and economic opportunity in our communities through climate and energy solutions. We will prepare ourselves with a background understanding of real and feasible alternatives to an economy dependent on energy sources facing terminal decline and a chaotic global climate.

Learning in this class is participatory – some information will be presented in a story-telling/ lecture format, but there is a very strong emphasis on group dialogue and sharing by participants about their experiences and struggles around these issues. We will make the topic personal, not just theoretical, and focus on building a community founded on personal relationships that is working together to apply the lessons learned from this class to the real world.

This class is for those seeking the links behind our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. It is for current and would-be change-makers seeking to build a community where we can learn and act together. It is for neighbors from all backgrounds who want to find ways to bring our communities together around deep solutions.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Boneshaker Books meeting room
2002 23rd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Phone: (612) 250-1621
Facilitator's experience: 
This class will be based on a program developed by the facilitator through EXCO (Experimental Community Education). Around 180 community members and students have participated in this class in several iterations between 2007-2013, and several participants have gone on to start campaigns, projects, and businesses around climate solutions. This class has been updated to account for recent events, current challenges facing our community and world, and specific solutions being developed in Minneapolis and nationally. Timothy has developed a strong background knowledge of climate solutions, the economic transition, and the energy crisis through over twelve years of following the issue. In the last five years, he has become a community organizer and innovator creating solutions that advance environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, social justice, and community empowerment together. Some of his recent ventures include: - Co-founding and growing Grand Aspirations (www.grandaspirations.org) and the Summer of Solutions (www.summerofsolutions.org) starting in the Twin Cities into a national non-profit organization supporting teams of youth creating green economy solutions in 16 communities nationwide. - Building Cooperative Energy Futures (www.cooperativeenergyfutures.com), a community energy cooperative based in South Minneapolis. - Supporting and growing the Our Power campaign (www.mnourpower.org), a South Minneapolis alliance of residents, businesses, and community groups working together for a better energy future. - Building and sustaining the coalition behind Minneapolis Energy Options and Community Power (www.communitypowermn.org), efforts to secure clean, local, affordable, reliable, and equitable energy in Minneapolis through the city's long-term energy service agreements with Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy. Beyond personal experience, Timothy believes in the power and wealth of knowledge already present in us all. As a practiced facilitator active in over a dozen groups, Timothy will facilitate by inviting leadership, dialogue, and insight from the whole group. As in past years, this class is a deeply participatory learning experience.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(612) 250-1621
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
30
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Additional class time information: 
Mondays and Wednesdays 1-3PM starting 6/23 through 8/13
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Boneshaker Books meeting room
2002 23rd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Phone: (612) 250-1621
We'll explore the threats our communities face from economic stagnation, energy insecurity, and climate change and local and global solutions.
csdevany's picture

Farmyard Forum

Farmyard Forum is an expierimental project of Stone's Throw Urban Farm to convene neighbors, educators, activists, practitioners, interested in discussing the intersections of agriculture and social justice.  Inspired by our own questions as a farm based in the Frogtown and Phillips neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, we hope you will join us to talk about some of the political  and social justice issues that impact the way people experience food sysems.  Topics we hope to cover include: land access, farm labor, race, class and gender. These forums will be hosted by our various farm sites in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.  We will open each forum with a pot luck, invite several pannelists to speak,  followed by group discussion.  

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

15th Street Farm
2820 15th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
Phone: (925) 451.2819
Facilitator's experience: 
Stone's Throw Urban Farm is a production- based urban farm that cultivates vacant and underutilized spaces throughout the Twin Cities. Farming in the city for the past three years has catalyzed a number of questions around the convergence of agriculture and social justice. We will bring our on the ground experiences of farming the city and invite practitioners, activists, educators, and community members to come together and discuss these issues.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(925) 451.2819
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
200
Time/Location
Additional class time information: 
forum dates to be solidified
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
15th Street Farm
2820 15th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
Phone: (925) 451.2819
Additional class location information: 
We will be hosting these forums on urban farm sites around the cities
Community- based forums around the intersections of agriculture and social justice
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Marxisms of the Global South

In this course we will be examining the theories and practices of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist thinkers and movements across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Topics we might take up include Eurocentrism as it relates to Marxism, anti-colonialism and decolonization, gender and sexuality, national and Indigenous liberation, unequal exchange, how imperialism affects class formation, the superexploitation of Global South labor in the capitalist world system, past and present struggles against capitalism in the Global South, important innovations in theory and practice these subaltern movements have realized, and the consequences these have for movements in the Global North. The overarching question for this course might be: What uses does Marxism have for those fighting for justice and liberation in the Global South, and how has it been used?
 
The class will be a reading and discussion group, with short (5-15 minutes) presentations before the conversation. During our first meeting we can discuss in more detail what we all wish to gain from the course and decide on future topics and readings. We will meet weekly and have great conversations!
 
EDIT: Hi all, we have already begin, but folks are always welcome to drop in to a meeting! We are meeting at Seward Cafe, Sundays, 12pm. Contact me (preferably a message through the EXCOTC site) if you are interested and want to know what we are reading that week!
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Seward Cafe
2129 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Stephen has a few years of experience tutoring and teaching adolescents and adults.
Class minimum size: 
2
Class maximum size: 
12
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 06/08/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 06/22/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 06/29/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:00 - 14:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Seward Cafe
2129 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Theory and practice of Marxism across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
christinemhuff's picture

Creative Activism May

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
.

Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

For a brief video about the class, please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfzwF3EUhqA, and please promise to forgive the crummy video quality! : ) 

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Spirit United Church
3204 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Spirit United Church
3204 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States
maidaca's picture

Morena Minnesota: Cine-Debate

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http://www.laprensademn.com/cine-debatede-la-barbarie-a-la-esperanza/

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=425966180871398&set=a.141046519363367.29156.100003740580361&type=1&theater

 

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Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Location

1643 So. Robert St. W. Saint Paul, 55118.
W. Saint Paul, MN 55118
United States
Phone: 612-200-7902
Facilitator's experience: 
Hemos dado cursos o círculos de estudios en las escuelas Normales Rurales de México, organizaciones sindicales y agrupaciones de orden político, como es el caso de la organización Morena Minnesota.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-330-6479
612-990-7039
Class minimum size: 
7
Class maximum size: 
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Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 03/09/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 03/23/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 04/06/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 05/04/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
1643 So. Robert St. W. Saint Paul, 55118.
W. Saint Paul, MN 55118
United States
Phone: 612-200-7902
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christinemhuff's picture

Creative Activism March

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
.

Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave 55406
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave 55406
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
christinemhuff's picture

Creative Activism January

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
.

Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 Dale St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55103
United States
Phone: 651-266-7400
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 Dale St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55103
United States
Phone: 651-266-7400
christinemhuff's picture

Creative Activism

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
.

Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
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Solidarity union organizing in the education industry: Thinking through a feminist, anti-capitalist, and decolonial lens

This class is for all folks who have a relationship and a desire to understand the education industry and how to organize within and across it - whether you are just learning about solidarity unionism and the IWW (an international solidarity union) or are a member of the IWW and actively organizing your workplace.

This class will be primarily a discussion and reading group that aims to draw on both our and others' experiences as education workers from our various locations and positions within the industry. Some questions we may take up:

  • What is 'solidarity unionism' and what is the 'education industry'?
  • How do we make sense of the complexities and tensions among various kinds of relationships across the education industry,  inlcuding, for example, between students and teachers, between service workers and student workers, adjunct faculty and tenure-track faculty, lower levels of education and higher education, among many others?
  • What would anti-capitalist, decolonial, and feminist solidarity union organizing look like and feel like in practice? 
  • What histories and resources can we draw on to help us theorize and strategize reclaiming the education industry? And, considering that the modern education system has its roots in violently perpetuating colonialism and capitalism - what does worker control mean for our desires to build decolonial and anti-capitalist futures?

All are welcome, and, especially those most oppressively targeted by the education system, including people of color, women, queer folks, primary caregivers (childcare will be available), etc. We will have open and frank conversations about our experiences with colonialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, among other intersectional systems of oppression as we think through and across our class positions and workplaces. 

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

tba MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I've been active in the IWW Education Workers Committee for a while now, organizing across levels including the university (where I am a grad student worker in education) and k12 (co-organizer of the TC annual Social Justice Education Fair).
Facilitator phone number(s): 
815-302-2481
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 10/14/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Additional class time information: 
Location and regular meeting Time TBA as it gets closer
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Address: 
tba MN
United States
solidarity union organizing, education
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