US Social Forum Prep Workshops

 

Curricula + Resources

USSF Starter Kit - Neoliberalism in our Communities

 

Workshop Goals:

  • To understand neo-liberalism, the current economic system in this country and how it is different than previous stages of capitalism
  • To share how neo-liberalism plays out in our communities
  • To show how neo-liberalism plays out in Third World countries
  • To challenge the myth that “There Is No Alternative” and inspire hope that another way is possible.

This workshop was developed in preparation for the first US Social Forum.

 

For 2010's USSF, this US Social Forum Workshop Series was developed by SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation) in conjunction with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This Workshop Series is designed to support organizations in developing unique curriculum to prepare delegations to attend the US Social Forum 2010 in Detroit.

 

 

The other workshops in this series are:

 

  • History of the World Social Forum/US Social Forum
  • Detroit 101 Converging Crises: Economy, Ecology, Empire
  • Standing with the People of the World
  • Neoliberalism in Our Communities
  • In It to Win It: Our Movement and Strategies.*

You can find them here on Build the Wheel.*

 

* "In It to Win It.. ." coming soon!

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Why Detroit?: Exploring Detroit’s relationship with Globalization and Resistance

 

This tool was developed for the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) political education curriculum. It should be used for people who are going to, or have interest in, the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit. By engaging in this workshop participants will have the chance to learn about the history of Detroit, with different histories (economic, political, movement) broken up into different tracks. After an overview of the history, participants will be introduced to current struggles facing residents of Detroit, and what neighborhood responses have been. There is also an opportunity for people to reflect how the history of Detroit is similar and different to the history of San Francisco, or other cities that the participants may be coming from.

This tool is meant to be used for an audience that does not necessarily have a lot of background knowledge about Detroit. It should be used as a compliment to a general workshop about the history of the US Social Forum.

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WHO’S AT THE TABLE? WORKSHOP ON THE WORLD ECONOMIC & SOCIAL FORUMS

 

This workshop is designed for people who are going to attend the World or US Social Forum to better understand the importance of participating in decision-making.  The main activity is called the Table Game where each participant is given a different role/character (i.e. the oil industry, agricultural industry, environmental justice grassroots organization, British Prime Minister, etc) and told to share their perspective and vision with the other characters at the decision-making table.  Participants are given prep sheets that describe what character they represent, who are their members, where does their money come from, what they hope to get out of the meeting, etc.   Depending upon their role, participants are given extra items such as millions in cash, gold watch, thousands of members, inability to speak English, etc. 

 

The activity is guided by the facilitator who introduces, starts and stops the activity, and the chairperson, who introduces the history of the forum, the funding proposals up for discussion, and develops the rules for table participation, which can gradually change over the course of the game (i.e. to have a seat at the table, you must pay $1 million; to speak, you must pay $1,000 per 10 seconds; to join the private party, you must have a gold watch; etc).   Soon, it becomes clear that the industry and wealthier states hold a lot of power and ability to participate in the decision-making table, and the poorer governments and grassroots organizations are marginalized to the sidelines.   If the marginalized groups haven’t already begun to organize themselves, the facilitator can ask what are they going to do and what have they done with their organization.  The group activity continues and the chairperson can continue administering whatever rules s/he wants – i.e. no interpreters for people not at the table, the table meeting moves to an isolated room, hires security guards or infiltrating spies, etc. Then there is a large group debrief about the activity – what was that like? How did it feel to be in a seat of power?  How did it feel to be excluded from power? 

 

After this activity, the group reviews the stated goals of the World Social Forum and the World Economic Forum, where their annual meetings are held, who can become a member, and what is their membership structure.  The group breaks into small groups and discuss 1) what are the similarities and differences between these two multi-national convenings; 2) what is the value of creating diverse, multi-sector convenings and 3) what are the implications of who is and who is not able to attend the convenings.  The group reports back to the large group and facilitator wraps up the conversation.

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USSF Starter Kit - Converging Crises

 

This workshop "starter kit" is part of the US Social Forum Workshop Series developed by SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation) in conjunction with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This Workshop Series is designed to support organizations in developing unique curriculum to prepare delegations to attend the US Social Forum 2010 in Detroit.

Contained here are an outline of a workshop to understand the current moment of economic crisis, ecological crisis, and empire along with one popular education activity with complete instructions. Also included in this Starter Kit are "Quick Facts" on the topic and a list of research resources for further study or information.

The other workshops in this series are:

  • History of the World Social Forum/US Social Forum
  • Detroit 101
  • Converging Crises: Economy, Ecology, Empire
  • Standing with the People of the World
  • Neoliberalism in Our Communities
  • In It to Win It: Our Movement and Strategies.*

You can find them here on Build the Wheel.*

* "In It to Win It..." coming soon!

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USSF Starter Kit - Detroit 101 [Workshop Starter Kit]

 

This workshop "starter kit" is part of the US Social Forum Workshop Series developed by SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation) in conjunction with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This Workshop Series is designed to support organizations in developing unique curriculum to prepare delegations to attend the US Social Forum 2010 in Detroit.

Contained within here are a broad outline of a workshop that can be tailored to your organization's needs to understand the broad history and context of Detroit along with one popular education activity with complete instructions. Also included in this Starter Kit are "Quick Facts" on the topic and a list of research resources for further study or information.

The other workshops in this series are:

  • History of the World Social Forum/US Social Forum
  • Detroit 101
  • Converging Crises: Economy, Ecology, Empire
  • Standing with the People of the World
  • Neoliberalism in Our Communities
  • In It to Win It: Our Movement and Strategies.*

You can find them here on Build the Wheel.*

* "In It to Win It..." coming soon!

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USSF Starter Kit - Standing with the People of the World

 

This workshop is part of the US Social Forum Workshop Series developed by SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation) in conjunction with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This Workshop Series is designed to support organizations in developing unique curriculum to prepare delegations to attend the US Social Forum 2010 in Detroit.

Contained within is an outline of a workshop to understand the role of the U.S. in exacerbating the Economic Crisis, explore the concept of Internationalism, and deepen the commitment of conscious communities within the U.S. to stand in International Solidarity along with the global community in the struggle for liberation. In addition, an Apple Keynote presentation is included (PowerPoint to follow) along with one interactive quiz activity with complete instructions and printable assets.

The other workshops in this series are:

  • History of the World Social Forum/US Social Forum
  • Detroit 101
  • Converging Crises: Economy, Ecology, Empire
  • Standing with the People of the World
  • Neoliberalism in Our Communities
  • In It to Win It: Our Movement and Strategies.*

You can find them here on Build the Wheel.*

* "In It to Win It..." coming soon!

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USSF Starter Kit - What is the World Social Forum?

 

This workshop is part of the US Social Forum Workshop Series developed by SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation) in conjunction with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This Workshop Series is designed to support organizations in developing unique curriculum to prepare delegations to attend the US Social Forum 2010 in Detroit.

Contained here are an outline of a workshop developed by POWER to explore the history of the Social Forum and an accompanying digital slideshow in Apple Keynote and PowerPoint.

The other workshops in this series are:

  • History of the World Social Forum/US Social Forum
  • Detroit 101
  • Converging Crises: Economy, Ecology, Empire
  • Standing with the People of the World
  • Neoliberalism in Our Communities
  • In It to Win It: Our Movement and Strategies.*

You can find them here on Build the Wheel.*

* "In It to Win It.. ." coming soon!

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USSF Starter Kit - Detroit 101

 

This final version of the "Detroit 101" workshop is part of the US Social Forum Workshop Series developed by SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation) in conjunction with POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This Workshop Series is designed to support organizations in developing unique curriculum to prepare delegations to attend the US Social Forum 2010 in Detroit.

Contained within here are the full workshop outline to understand the broad history and context of Detroit along with a popular education activity—"Who Wants to Be A Millionaire: Detroit Edition"—with complete instructions and multimedia presentation. Also included are "Quick Facts" on the topic and a list of research resources for further study or information.

The other workshops in this series are:

  • History of the World Social Forum/US Social Forum
  • Detroit 101
  • Converging C rises: Economy, Ecology, Empire
  • Standing with the People of the World
  • Neoliberalism in Our Communities
  • In It to Win It: Our Movement and Strategies.*

You can find them here on Build the Wheel.*

* "In It to Win It..." coming soon!

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Compilations

Curricula

Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco

This training is developed and adapted by the Chinese Progressive Association-SF and Seeding Change for new and emerging organizers. It draws from curriculum created by CTWO, SOUL and uses the "transformative organizing" framework from Eric Mann's recent book "Playbook for Progressives." This workshop includes a scenario based in an Asian immigrant community. This workshop can be adapted for other Asian immigrant and refugee communities and other communities of color.

Chinese Progressive Association-SF (www.cpasf.org) and Seeding Change, a Center for Asian American Movement Building (www.seeding-change.org

 

DataCenter

An Introduction to Research Justice aims to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and community members and better equip marginalized communities to reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information. With strategic support, the knowledge and information generated by these communities can be used as political leverage to advance their own agendas for change.

The toolkit effectively:

  •  Explores the theory of Research Justice – a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in knowledge production
  •  Advances community-driven research as a powerful tool to build grassroots power
  •  Helps participants choose which research methods will prove most effective for their campaigns and organizing objectives
  •  Employs popular-education techniques to encourage leadership development

This is really just a primer to introduce students to the idea of Tactical Clusters. We are developing a more formal workshop outline and will post.

Creative, bold visuals make a great center piece for every direct action. They do much more than make your actions look good. They unify your group, amplify your message, invite people to have a personal interaction with your work, and provide
a visual story through symbols that clarify the issue. If you integrate art into your campaign strategy and actions, you can make change irresistible.

In this manual you will find simple directions on how to make banners, giant puppets, stencils for t-shirts and posters, and cus- tomized t-shirts. Use them as a starting point and improvise your own techniques!

List of organizations providing trainings, technical assistance, fellowships, and curriculum to support community organizing.