Organizing: People, Power, Change – Victoria & Vancouver

Event Details

March 16-17 (Victoria) & March 23-24 (Metro Vancouver)

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.

Dates & Location 

Victoria, Unceded Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ Territory – March 16-17

Location: theDock Co-Working Space, 722 Cormorant St. There is bike parking outside, and a secure bike locker in the basement. It is a short walk from any bus route which stops downtown. The closest parkade is at 645 Fisgard St ($2/2hrs), and there is pay parking outside the building. Parking is free on Sundays.

Times: March 16 & 17, 2019, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Metro Vancouver, Unceded Musqueam, Squamish, & Tsleil-Waututh Territory – March 23-24

Location: TBD. It will be in Metro Vancouver and on mass transit.

Times: March 23 & 24, 2019, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.



Tuition for the training is $275. The fee covers our costs of putting on the training, and includes a printed organizing handbook, which you will receive when you arrive at the training. Participants are responsible for their own travel to the venue, which may include the cost of parking, and for bringing their own lunch.

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

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



-We’d like to have these event be scent-free, please help and refrain from wearing or using scented products.

March 16-17

-The room is wheelchair accessible and can be accessed by stairs or an elevator. 

-The washrooms in the space are not wheelchair accessible.

-There is a private, all-gender washroom, and one all-gender, multi-stall washroom.

-If anyone has specific accessibility questions or needs we can help accommodate please don't hesitate to contact Peter Gibbs at peter@organizebc.ca or 778-977-8461.

March 23-24

-We will post accessibility details once a venue has been confirmed.

-If anyone has specific accessibility questions or needs we can help accommodate please don't hesitate to contact Laura Cuthbert at laura@organizebc.ca or 778-385-5262.


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