Reimagining Community Engagement and Organizing for Impact

Date: Wed, April 17
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Organizer: PolicyLink; National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations

Innovative community engagement and organizing techniques draw on creative expression to help communities envision what they want for their future and advocate for that vision. Incorporating artistic practices into community organizing is complex, requiring collaboration with artists. This session is designed for community developers who want to use artistic practices to deepen their community engagement and organizing process. Participants will learn how to conceive, structure, and implement relationships with artists to support community engagement and organizing goals.

This participatory learning session and conversation will focus on what is happening now and what it will take to build a national tenant movement to scale in terms of organizing as well as legal, policy, research and finance/development infrastructure. The premise of this workshop is that to win bold, transformative demands including Rent Control for All and community control of land and housing we must organize a national federation of tenant unions comprised of millions of impacted tenants who are united around a common vision, principles and strategy.

Engage in an interactive pre-conference workshop facilitated by PolicyLink. Learn from leaders of community-based organizations who found ways to disrupt mainstream organizational and community development processes to advance racial equity. This interactive workshop will feature new research.

Capacity Building