Working in Groups: How We Approach Organizing Ourselves Collectively
Saturday, Nov. 8th @ 2pm (UniCentre 376, Carleton)
Facilitator: Greg MacDougall
Grassroots activism is a lot about working in small groups. Unfortunately this is not something we're generally very knowledgeable about or good at.
This workshop will help participants explore their experiences, expectations and desires of working collectively and how to make that a more rewarding and effective experience.
We will look at aspects such as membership, meetings, structure, developing collective vision and analysis, aligning our overall goals and priorities with our strategy and tactics, and more.
This will be very much a participatory session where people can work on / through their frustrations and challenges with group work, to develop some insight on what is going on, and what approaches they might like to try applying.
Anti-Oppression 101: Intersectional Approaches
Monday, Nov. 10th @ 1pm (Residence Commons 214, Carleton)
Facilitator: Jade Pichette
Anti-Oppression is the philosophy of challenging the structures that harm and marginalize people. These include, but are not limited to race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, disability and more. This workshop will provide an introduction to using an intersectional approach in one's personal and professional lives. Anti-Oppression is an ongoing practice where we all mess up, but this workshop is the first step in a long line of steps for the rest of our lives.
Examining Cis Privilege
Monday, Nov. 10th @ 4pm (Residence Commons 214, Carleton)
Facilitator: Jade Pichette
Are you one of those weird people who identifies with the gender that you were assigned at birth? If so you may be cis! This puts you as part of the privileged majority. This workshop will take the focus off of trans identities and put the focus cis folks. We will examine the privileges that people have by being cis, how to use privilege for productive activities and how to work in solidarity with trans folks.
Introduction to Consensus Based Facilitation and Decision Making Techniques
Monday, Nov. 10th @ 6pm (UniCentre 376, Carleton)
Facilitators: Alice-Rose Mick & Emma Slaney-Gose
Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group. Instead of simply voting for an item and having the majority of the group getting their way, a consensus group is committed to finding solutions that everyone actively supports - or at least can live with. This makes sure that all opinions, ideas and concerns are taken into account. By listening closely to each other, the group aims to come up with proposals that work for everyone.
Consensus is neither compromise nor unanimity - it aims to go further by weaving together everyone's best ideas and most important concerns - a process that often results in surprising and creative solutions, inspiring both the individual and the group as whole.