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March 28-30, 2008

Organizing Communities Across Boundaries: An Organizing Teach-in

Wonderland Camp and Conference Center, Camp Lake, Wisconsin

This weekend-long organizing teach-in is designed to provide a follow-up to the United States and Midwest Social Forums for Midwest-based grassroots organizations, activists, and students, and to contribute to the continued development of the social justice movement in the Midwest. The teach-in focuses on the development of collaborative relationships and organizing skills, strategies, and tactics. More specifically, the event is tailored to strengthening regional social and issue area networks and their interconnections, and to providing valuable training in certain key aspects of organizing, focusing in particular on the challenges of building broad-based coalitions across race, gender, class, age, issue area, and other sources of division within the social justice movement. The teach-in will offer a number of high quality workshops and interactive activities designed to enable participants to identify both the interconnections between different communities and struggles as well as the causes of ongoing division among them, and to develop the organizing strategies, tactics, and skills needed to establish stronger social, strategic, and organizational links and thereby break out of the "silos" that have served to segment the social justice movement.

For more info: Call 608-262-0854 or write

April 11-13, 2008

Labor Notes 2008 Conference - Rebuilding Labor's Power

Detroit, Michigan

May 19-25, 2008

Building a New World: Moving Past Empire Towards New Local and Global Paradigms

First World Prout Assembly
Radford, Virgina

The World Prout Assembly was established in January 2005 to study ways to create a holistic, socio-economic, political, cultural and spiritual transformation throughout the world. The vision is for activists in all countries fighting for justice in all spheres of life to come together to form one universal coalition so as to create global change. By providing solidarity to all local and global anti-exploitation struggles, the World Prout Assembly envisions the mobilization of humanity to end the economic hegemony of Empire and to usher the revitalization of local communities and local, self-sustaining economies. Specific topics of concern at the First Summit of the World Prout Assembly include (1) economic democracy and cooperatives, including worker, producer and consumer cooperatives; (2) energy and water self-sufficiency, including solar, wind and water cooperatives; and (3) bioregional, independent, self-sustaining, locally self-sufficient, ecological-agricultural communities that can provide the minimum necessities of life to all inhabitants; (4) countering racisms and fundamentalisms; (5) health and health care; (6) immigration; and (7) future visions.

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June 8-10, 2008

"Just Giving: Global Social Change Philanthropy" - Grantmakers Without Borders' 8th Annual Conference

San Francisco

Since 2001, Grantmakers Without Borders (Gw/oB) has convened an annual gathering focused on global social change philanthropy. These events have brought together a diverse assembly of 150 to 250 grantmakers, individual donors and global Southern activists, who learn, network, and explore collaboration through sessions that cover a wide range of grantmaking topics. For many international grantmakers, Gw/oB¹s annual conference has become a cherished and indispensable event in their yearly calendars. The majority of conference workshops are identified through a competitive process. In developing the conference program, Gw/oB strives for a balance of two kinds of sessions focused on: * GRANTMAKING PRACTICE: Past workshops have focused on topics such as site visits, proposal review, accountability, power relations, and gender issues, among many other topics. * SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES: Past workshops have explored topics such as resource rights, HIV/AIDS, women¹s rights, trade issues, workers rights, and FGM, among many other topics.

For more info


June 19-22, 2008

3rd Annual US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana

For more information, see the USFWC web site:


October 16-18, 2008

Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy

An international conference organized by the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Canada

This conference, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE/UT, will provide a space for mutual learning and critical reflection about innovative and inspiring international
initiatives. The conference will take place in Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in the world, and it will build on Canadian experiences in social action learning and participatory democracy, including indigenous
models of democratic self-governance, the Antigonish Movement of Nova Scotia, the Citizens Forum, the Citizens Assemblies in British Columbia and Ontario, the Practicing Democracy initiative in Vancouver, and the emerging participatory budgeting initiatives in municipalities, public housing units and schools.

See for more information and the call for proposals.