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To create real social change, individual people and organizations are not enough. We need movements of organizations and people, and even movements of movements, what we call social movement ecology. We believe that by creating awareness of social movement ecology and potential collaborations, it is possible to increase strategic capacity and organize the social movement ecology to create real social change. That is the purpose of this course. Register here: http://bit.ly/AdvancedME
QUESTIONS THIS COURSE SEEKS TO ANSWER:
Many people in our community have a basic understanding of social movement ecology. But many questions remain.
–How does this apply to my movement?
–How does this apply to strategic thinking within my organization?
–How does this relate to the major social change questions in our chaotic political environment?
–This course dives deeply into how to think about social movement ecology in a strategic way that influences social movements, political parties, alternatives, and personal transformation.
This course explores advanced issues like stages and seasons of movements, overall political realignments and populism, personal transformation, organizing traditions, and new visions of how alternatives can play a bigger role in the progressive movements of the future.
The specific objectives of this course are:
–To develop a holistic vision of complex strategic issues that create different types of social change
–To provide foundation for understanding the complex terrain of different pieces of social movement ecology
–To understand major barriers for simple and complex collaborations within and across different theories of social change
–To explore complex models of how movements in the past have thought in complex ways abou integrating different theories of change, like the Indian Independence Movement, Movement of Landless Peasants in Brazil, and the Swedish Labor Movement
–To discuss cultural barriers that prevent complex collaboration within the U.S. and internationally
Participants will engage in online meetings twice weekly that allow for lecture format and smaller group discussions.
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION:
This is an advanced course for organizers, activists, and funders trying to create social change. Previous training in social movement ecology is required, although we will also consider applicants who have engaged with our material in other ways.
We offer a pay scale to support all kinds of people to attend this training regardless of financial need.
A part of Soul Fire Farm’s BIPOC FIRE 2.0 Workshop Series
Thank you for committing yourself to a path of liberation. How you organize our communities, work the land, and remember that we are not free unless all beings are free is integral to our collective healing. As a liberation bringer you dedicate your life to healing the earth through native, black, food + land sovereignty, justice + autonomy. The plants and the spirit medicine of our ancestors remembered in every breathe of earth are here to service you as you serve them. During our workshop, we will partner with plants to deepen our gratitude, nourishment, and resistance as we realize our freedom. We will make herbal medicine, offer each other healing rituals, and seed the truth that we are the medicine we need to thrive. By the end of Plant Medicine for Activists + Earthkeepers you will have concrete herbal skills and tools to nourish yourself as you continue to heal the land and our people.
Introduction to our first Earthkeepers: the brujx feministas
Connecting with the physical, spiritual + story medicine of 3+ Turtle Island plants
Herbs for Nourishment + immune health
Herbs for Protection + nervous system health
Medicine making, including herbal infusions, tinctures, smudge bundles
Ethical harvesting + processing of herbs
Rituals for healing