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2-Day Movement Building Workshop

August 14, 2019 - August 15, 2019

Two days, 10am to 6pm – please check the Facebook event page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1309869375845344/?event_time_id=1309869382512010&active_tab=about

This training is for people in social and environmental justice movements who want to think big and get inspired. Drawn from cutting-edge research on mass movements and civil disobedience, this training will introduce some key concepts, principles and strategies, including the ‘momentum driven organizing’ model, for building powerful mass movements that can achieve transformative change.

Day 1: Introduction to Movement Building

This day will introduce participants to different theories of change to help them understand how social change happens. It will look at different organizing traditions and see how they can be used to make groups more effective. The training will introduce participants to the philosophy of nonviolence. It will also present a strategic planning framework which participants will practice using to see how we can achieve big long-term goals.

Day 2: Advanced Training in Movement Building

This training is for those who have attended Day 1 and want to get a deeper understanding of movement building. It will look at how to campaign effectively and make use of a wide range of tactics. It will explore ways to grow the movement and build power over time. In particular the training will look at how we can build a movement that can transform millions of people into dedicated activists and will introduce participants to the tools of next-generation community organizing to massively scale up our groups.
The training will be participatory and interactive. There will be lots of opportunities for group work, discussion and hands-on activities to help everyone share, learn from and build on each others’ experiences and put ideas into practice. The training is suitable for those at all levels of knowledge and experience.


What to Bring
A notebook, something to write with, a vegan potluck contribution for lunch on the first day (lunch will be provided on Day 2), an open mind.

The workshop will take place at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre, which is fully accessible.
Please avoid wearing scented products into the space. We ask that any food brought into the space be vegan.

Email info@liberationto.com for answers.
About the Facilitators

Laila Kassam

Laila is a co-founder of the Veterinary Vegan Network and a founding member of Animal Think Tank, a grassroots activist collective whose mission is to support the building of a powerful anti-speciesist mass movement for animal justice in the UK.

Animal Think Tank is currently collaborating with Extinction Rebellion (XR) and groups in the animal justice movement to support the development of ‘Animal Rebellion’. Animal Rebellion is aiming to mobilise 10,000 people in London for sustained direct action to demand a shift to a plant-based food system as part of XR’s next International Rebellion in October 2019.

Laila has been involved in social change for most of her career. She has worked in the international development sector since 2003, conducting research on poverty and food security for rural development projects in the Global South. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and by international organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO).

Laila has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is currently co-editing a book for Academic Press entitled ‘Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward’.


Ralph Thornton Community Centre
765 Queen Street East,
Toronto, Ontario 4M 1H3 Canada


The Save Movement
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