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Sandi Rohde: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Sandi Rohde from Appleton, WI: 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? We just started an active chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) in the Appleton Area. Only active chapter in the state that we are being told including no state level chapter active at this time. 2) If you could give a new organizer one piece of guidance, what would it be? It's a marathon not a sprint. Take your breaks when you need it so you can be fully [...]

2024-05-23T11:10:39-05:00May 21st, 2024|Organizer Spotlights|

Labor Rising on the West Coast

Experimenting with what it looks like to develop deeper organizing capacity across a large (200k+ member) California labor union, on May 6th -9th, Jake Waxman coordinated a training team with Nneka Akubeze, Dan Grandone, and others from across the country to train 42 SEIU 2015 staff. The goal? Building power to achieve dignity for both workers and patients in long term care. The next stage of this journey is for these staff to recruit 125-150 member leaders from across the state to return in July for a training to launch district leadership teams capable of impacting this year’s elections to [...]

2024-05-20T17:19:34-05:00May 20th, 2024|Wild News|

Inaugural Justice Next Cohort

Former Wild Alum and Senior Director of Organizing for Dream.Org, Sean Wilson, recently invited the Wild team into a pilot project partnering with the National Basketball Association to launch the first Justice Next Cohort of 18-24 year old system impacted youth in Sacramento, California. The program aims to empower young adults to emerge as influential leaders within their communities concentrating on areas such as criminal justice reform, workforce development, and climate equity. Over 5-days in April we trained the facilitation team and then the cohort of 20 youth leaders who will be coached over the coming months as they [...]

2024-05-20T17:20:32-05:00May 20th, 2024|Wild News|

Reflections From Kortni Malone: LCN/ActionAid International Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania

I had the distinct honor of joining the Leading Change Network, in partnership with ActionAid International in leading a workshop, alongside two incredible Black woman trainers from Sweden and the UK and an incredible director of training and development at our host site MS TCDC, in Arusha, Tanzania. Together, we trained 15 ActionAid Country Directors and support staff from 15 different countries, ranging from across the continent of Africa to Haiti, Spain, Nepal, Myanmar, and Palestine. The workshop was titled “Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Organization”, a unique blend of Public Narrative and foundational practices in building relationships [...]

2024-05-20T16:44:20-05:00May 20th, 2024|Wild News|

Harvard’s Evolution in Organizing Education

Two years ago Sarah ElRaheb-Dagher, Marshall Ganz, Emily Lin, and Jake Waxman came together to see how we could adapt the class on Organizing that Marshall has taught for more than 20 years at Harvard. We drew on the learning from the hundreds (if not thousands) of workshops that we've developed and run in the field to see what a more "intensive" experience could bring to the Harvard classroom. Now in the 3rd iteration of this "innovation cycle", this year's MLD 377/378 included 80 participants from 37 countries. On the first weekend of the course, these 80 individuals shared [...]

2024-03-26T11:01:58-05:00March 25th, 2024|Political Education|

Youth Empowerment Project Report 2023 (Executive Summary)

After seven years and training over 2,000 people in the craft of community organizing, the Wild Project responded to the 2020 uprisings by creating an opportunity for emerging leaders to move from activism to sustained, relational community organizing. Its creation, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is an organizing school for young people ages 14-30. During the pilot year, over 100 youths, recruited from universities and partner organizations, participated in YEP programming from July 2022 to June 2023.

2024-01-09T13:29:11-06:00January 9th, 2024|Reports, Wild News|

Join Us For The Road Ahead: 2024 Election

Reporting fresh off a coffee shop tour reconnecting with organizers exploring opportunities to dial-up our efforts, locally and nationally, on the road up to the 2024 election and beyond. Wanted to share both the challenges and opportunities that surfaced—while inviting you to join us for what’s ahead! Wondering if these challenges resonate? A loss of organizing culture amplified during the pandemic and ongoing disappointment of not being heard by our politicians *many we’ve elected! A frustrating pattern of playing defense stuck blocking the harmful bills coming through our legislature vs. having a vision of alignment and what we’re fighting [...]

2023-10-31T13:43:08-05:00October 30th, 2023|Wild News|

Reflections from Nneka Akubeze: Florida Organizing Workshops

Whew! What a time in Florida, y'all! I'm just getting back from an incredible organizing workshop with 46 young folks aged 16-22 who converged at the Hope CommUnity Center (HCC) from central and south Florida. And this was just the precursor! These inspiring young leaders learned organizing just that weekend with a plan to coach their peers the following weekend where nearly 220 people gathered to ignite a movement! As you walk into the HopeCommUnity Center, you see a beautiful mural which represents the history and community. Once you pass the front desk, you are greeted with at least [...]

2023-10-26T17:06:09-05:00October 26th, 2023|Wild News|

Transformational Change Through Servant Leadership

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” -Robert K. Greenleaf In the heart of our mission lies the transformative power of leadership, that everyone can be and is a leader. There are many types and styles of leadership, and within the Wild Project, we pay particular attention to servant leadership. A servant leader prioritizes the needs and well-being of others, emphasizing empathy, collaboration, and the empowerment of those they lead. Servant leaders serve their teams rather than expecting their teams to serve them. This approach to leadership [...]

2023-10-31T13:47:07-05:00October 11th, 2023|Tools for Action|

Reflections from Santa Rosa Organizing Training

Recently, I had an insightful conversation with a fellow organizer who said, “I think we need to re-establish a culture of organizing in our state”. Still recovering from the pandemic and so often stuck playing the game of coming up with a bunch of surface-level tactics to simply meet the metrics of our funders, with little to show for it in the building of organization. That resonate? These snapshots of where people are leading by example in the “doing of it” need to be shared in light of what feels like an absence of deeper organizing happening in Wisconsin [...]

2023-09-18T12:07:35-05:00September 12th, 2023|Wild News|
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