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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Workshops for Grassroots Organizers in ME, NH, VT

Registration, Details AND TENTATIVE SCHEDULE for Annual GROW weekend—this should be a great weekend, so register soon!


Sept. 14-16, 2012 

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond, ME 

For New and Experienced Grassroots Organizers in Maine, NH, and Vermont to Learn More about Creating Grassroots Social Change 

GROW Schedule -- 2012 

11am to 1 pm Registration
12 Noon to 1 pm Lunch 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Skills for the Effective Organizer -Larry Dansinger
5:00pm to 7:00pm registration and dinner
7:00pm Intros and Building Community—Sha’an Mouliert and Wanda Braithwaite-Baril
9:00pm Networking and hanging out

8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast and late registration
9:00am to 9:30am Late introductions and workshop summary
9:30am to Noon
 (1) Leadership Development –Claire GĂ©linas
 (2) Overcoming Oppressions – Sha’an Mouliert
Noon to 12:30pm Before lunch break
12:30pm to 2:00pm Lunch and table discussion
2:00pm to 4:30pm
 (1) Grassroots Fundraising – Deanna Partridge
 (2) Media/Technology for Grassroots Groups – Hillary Lister
4:30pm to 5:30pm Evening Break and informal gatherings
5:30pm to 6:30pm Supper
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Rejuvenating Ourselves – GROW Organizers
8:00 pm Talent Show – Bring Your Talent to Share

8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am to 9:15am Announcements and getting ready for workshops
9:15am to 11:45
 (1) Working Together: Group Process/Decision-Making – Phui Yi Kong
 (2) Storytelling/Listening to Build a Group—Malika Baggins/Cassidy Need
12:00pm to 1:30pm Lunch and table discussion
1:30pm to 2:30pm Follow up and evaluations, help plan the next GROW, new workshops, where do we go from here? - Organizers will facilitate

Why GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) New England? 

We believe in a better world where there is: 

●Respect for civil liberties;
 ●Commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution;
●Economic justice and rights for all; ●Affordable health care, housing and education;
●A healthy environment & sustainable lifestyles;
●Celebration of diversity in age, race, gender, etc.

 In order to create a world that provides for the well-being of everyone, we have to ORGANIZE!

 In order to take back our power we have to ORGANIZE! 

In order to ORGANIZE we need to gather, learn, share and plan with each other!

Join new and experienced activists from northern New England as we: 

● Learn and teach about the “big picture” of social change.
● Gain new organizational skills.
● Learn about successful models
● Celebrate successes.

Cost: $10-$80 (actual cost is about $60-70/person, but pay what you can/all welcome) includes lodging (bring bedding), meals, all workshops, and use of outdoor facilities.

In addition to workshops (see list), GROW will use interactive methods to help attendees develop skills in planning actions/events, creating groups, and becoming better organizers. For a complete schedule and updated workshop offerings, please contact those below. Information will be added when confirmed, especially in September.

To register or for more information: Larry Dansinger (207) 525-7776 or

This year's GROW Theme is: “Skills for Organizers”  

Workshop Topics
●Grassroots fundraising
●Media and technology for grassroots action
●Developing grassroots leadership
●Overcoming oppression and celebrating inclusiveness
●Listening and storytelling to identify the issues
●Working together—good group process and decision-making

Food: Meals will emphasize local foods and will offer meat, vegetarian and vegan options. We can make individual adjustments as needed. Meals (and housing) are included in registration costs. Attendees will be asked to help with meal preparation or cleanup.

Travel arrangements: Call/email a contact person for ride sharing options.

Registration: We encourage people to register by September 10th to help with meal and travel planning, though last minute registrations will be accepted. Registration details and directions will be e-mailed after you register.  Contact: Larry: 207-525-7776,

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