September 15-17, 2017, Los Altos, CA
What is Being Offered?
Los Altos Forward, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is hosting a Community Leadership, Organizing and Action Workshop to help leaders of local volunteer civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements learn how to organize communities to make change.
Leadership is about accepting responsibility to create conditions that enable others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with your peers and leaders from the community to develop capacity for effective community leadership. During the workshop, participants will learn the five basic leadership practices:
- How to articulate a story of why you were called to lead, a story of those whom you hope to mobilize, and a story of action: self, us, and now.
- How to build intentional relationships as the foundation of purposeful collective actions.
- How to structure your team with shared purpose, ground rules and roles for effective leadership.
- How to strategize turning your resources into the power to achieve clear goals.
- How to translate strategy into measurable, motivational, and effective action.
People learn to provide leadership and organize by doing it, so the Community Leadership, Organizing and Action Workshop requires participants to have an organizing project that the training will help advance. A successful organizing project solves a community problem, creates new community capacity, and develops new community leadership.
Teams that want to advance a project are encouraged to participate in the workshop together, although a single member of a team may participate in and benefit from the workshop.
Who Should Attend:
Leaders of volunteer civic associations, advocacy groups, or social movements who:
- Have a project or cause they want to advance
- Have a team of two or more people (the “ideal” team is 4-6 people); the more people from a team who can take the workshop together the better
- Can commit to participate the entire time of the workshop
- Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Early application is encouraged as the workshop may fill quickly. Admission is based on a number of factors including history of involvement in volunteer civic associations, advocacy groups and/or social movements; the organizing project the training will help advance; professional achievement; and organizational responsibility. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the workshop.
- Priority is given to teams that have a well-defined organizing project.
- You may apply as a team or as an individual.
- Some limited partial scholarships available.
- Friday, September 15: 3-7PM
- Saturday, Sept. 16: 9AM-7PM
- Sunday, September 17; 8AM-6:30PM
Los Altos, CA (the exact location of the workshop will be emailed to registered participants). A detailed agenda and pre-reading materials will be sent to all registrants prior to the workshop.
Sunday, September 3, 2017Application
Contact Kim Cranston at LeadershipWorkshopInfo@gmail.com
The Community Leadership, Organizing and Action Workshop will be led by Jacob Waxman (bio below) and other trainers affiliated with the Leading Change Network (with a ratio of approximately one trainer for every 6 program participants).
Jacob Waxman is a board member and senior trainer with the Leading Change Network. Jacob grew up on Maui, Hawaii, where he learned the value of community at his family’s house, which served both as an informal gathering place for people of all walks of life and a synagogue for the island’s small Jewish population.
After growing up selling his brother’s campaign t-shirts to classmates, he got involved with organizing as a student at Emory University, where he helped found the Emory Living Wage Coalition, through which students joined with the University’s service workers to organize for improved wages and working conditions.
Upon graduating, Jacob moved to Argentina where he learned the arts of political organizing and Spanish while working at a local NGO. When he returned to the United States, he joined the labor movement, organizing healthcare workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Jacob then received his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2009, where he was a teaching fellow for 4 semesters with Prof. Marshall Ganz and Ronald Heifetz, helping to teach courses on organizing and leadership.
Since graduating he has dedicated himself to teaching and learning about leadership and organizing alongside leaders in the immigrant rights, climate change, labor, public education, and health/human rights movements. He also gets his “kicks” coaching youth soccer and stays active playing basketball, soccer, and riding the waves of the Pacific Ocean. When not outdoors, a movie or a book are likely companions.