Open Workshops Summer 18

Exploring Class – A training for Trainers Workshop

14-17 June 2018, Gloucestershire

Please note this workshop is FULLY BOOKED.

Do you want to support your own or other organisations working for social change to deal more skillfully with social class and classism in the organisation, in individual’s lives and in the wider society? Do you want to strengthen your workshop facilitation skills and apply them to class issues?

If so, Exploring Class may be for you.

This intensive, three-day Training of Trainers draws on several decades of work in the US and will adapt US tools to the UK class system. This residential draws in particular from the experience of Class Action, a US organisation that conducts workshops for schools, NGOs, religious organisations, social change organisations, and grant-making foundations. In these workshops, participants share class life stories, identify organisational classism and make action plans for class inclusion and class/race justice.

We believe that rather than telling people what to do, a trainer or facilitator should create designs which empower participants to see for themselves what to do next. Even when it’s necessary to present information, our experience shows it can be done in a way that empowers and connects to the lives of participants.

Our lead trainer is Betsy Leondar-Wright, one of the co-founders of Class Action. She comes from an upper-middle-class background. Betsy is the author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. She has facilitated over 100 class and classism workshops since the 1980s, including three weekend Class Action Trainings of Trainers.

We have two UK co-facilitators:
Kathryn Tulip is an activist and also a trainer/facilitator with Navigate Co-operative. She comes from a working-class background. She has led anti-oppression workshops and supported groups when issues of classism, racism and sexism have arisen.  Editor of Peace News, Milan Rai is an activist and trainer from a professional-middle-class background. He participated in a Class Action training of trainers in Seattle in August 2016.

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