I thought the class was of excellent quality. I learned a lot and enjoyed being a part of the community. The information provided was great, but it was also valuable to see this particular model of engagement and teaching using social media and internet technology. Thank you!
Thank you for helping us to put some of our fears and energies in perspective, and thank you for connecting us with a wide and diverse group of people.
We Were Made for this Moment
In this time of tumult, fear, and hatred, the world needs the gifts that you were born to share. You may not be sure where to use them. You may not know how to use them to greatest effect, or even if you can make a difference at all, but you know you need to do something to work for a more just and loving world. You are not alone! The purpose of this online course is to help you to meet this moment.
What is unique about this course is that it will blend three types of teaching: social change theory, spiritual discernment, and personal empowerment. For example, you will learn about different social change roles and what makes them effective. Then you will practice the tools of inward listening to access the wisdom already within you about what role you are meant to play. Finally, you will explore what gets you stuck and learn tools to help you take action even when you are afraid. These three types of teaching will be woven together, accessing our hearts, minds, and spirits for the work of creating a more just and sustainable world. Recordings of the class sessions will be available in case you can’t make every one.
Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign
Do you want to feel like what you do is actually having an impact on the issues you care about? In the face of hatred, injustice, and environmental destruction, are you tired of being told simply to call your elected officials? Would you like to emulate the kinds of powerful tactics used by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the campaign for women’s suffrage? If so, this online course will teach you the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning, a proven method of building people power by shaking up the status quo through tactics that can range from fasting and boycotts to noncooperation and civil disobedience.
During our four classes together, you will learn how to:
● Choose an issue where you can actually make a difference.
● Identify the people who you want to pressure and where they are vulnerable.
● Develop creative tactics to make your actions effective, press-worthy, and often fun.
● Build your impact over time, so the people you’re trying to pressure have to take you seriously.