Online - Organizing: People, Power, Change

Event Details

Weekly: October 4th - November 8th 2018 from 3pm-5pm Pacific Time

Raising awareness and putting out press releases is rarely enough. Winning campaigns in a media-saturated world requires people power. Organizing: People, Power, Change teaches time-tested skills of community organizing to build people-powered campaigns.

Do you want to grow the public support for your organization or campaign? Do you want to empower your supporters, volunteers, and members to take more leadership in your campaign? Are you unsure of how to design a campaign that can achieve the size and scale needed to win? 

In Organizing: People, Power, Change, you’ll learn how to develop an effective campaign strategy and motivating campaign story to bring in new supporters and volunteers. You'll learn how to empower volunteers and members to create grassroots teams in their community to win change. And you'll learn how to run effective tactics and design campaign strategies that leverage people power.

Who is it for?

Organizing: People, Power, Change is for anyone interested in using grassroots engagement in their social change work. Staff organizers, member engagement staff and volunteer coordinators at labour unions, community organizations, NGOs, social service agencies, as well as volunteers and community members wanting to run or join people-centred campaigns, are all great candidates for this training.  This framework has been successfully applied to campaigns working on affordable housing, climate change, community mental health, elections, health care reform, public education, and women’s rights, among dozens of other issues. It has been applied by clergy, environmentalists, labour organizers, parents trying to improve their communities, political candidates and social workers, to name a few.


We'd like to connect further on different accessibility needs that would make this training as physically, cognitively, and personally accessible as possible. Some of the ways we're already committed to doing this are by describing the slides we're on every time we're transitioning, making clear slide descriptions and notes, making slides that describe activities as they're happening, and by using Zoom which has put a lot of effort into the user experience of screenreaders on the platform.

We will also set community norms around writing, spelling, grammar, and pace. The trainers are committed to making sure that when an idea is written in a way that is clear that they'll be sure to check in and make sure the idea is documented and shared in a way everyone can understand and connect with.

If dexterity or typing speed are concerns for you, or if you have any questions or suggestions on the accessibility of this training, we'd love to hear from you at peter@organizebc.ca

This is not a webinar

The training will be highly interactive, with classroom style discussion and partner activities. Some weeks you’ll be asked to do about 1 hour of work outside of the training time, and will get individualized feedback from your trainer on storytelling and campaign strategy assignments. Attending in real time is key to getting the most out of the experience.

Technical Requirements

We’ll be using Zoom as our online teaching platform. You’ll need access to a computer, tablet or smartphone with speakers, microphone and webcam to participate. Details on system requirements for your Mac, PC, tablet or smartphone are here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux.


Tuition for Organizing: People, Power, Change is $270.

Scholarships are available for individuals and organizations who cannot afford the full tuition fee. Scholarships are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. You'll have a chance to apply for a scholarship as part of your training application.

Cancellation Policy

Participants that cancel via email to an Organize BC staff a minimum of 10 working days prior to the first session are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations that occur later than that may not be eligible for a refund.


We'll be hosting this training from unceded Lekwungen Territories (Esquimalt and Songhees Nations) and encourage you to consider and learn more about the land you're connecting from. A resource we love is http://native-land.ca