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The Organizer’s Network: How Big Should it Be?

Social media has fundamentally changed the way we relate to other people. As our networks grow like never before, some researchers suggest there may be a limit on how many authentic relationships a person—and, importantly, an organizer—can truly sustain. How Many Relationships Can You Really Have? “Dunbar’s Number” is a term coined by anthropologist and psychologist Robin Dunbar that suggests humans max out their capability for connection at 150 individuals. While his research was originally based on face-to-face interactions, Dunbar has maintained that online social networking carries a similar limit, and that people with social networks larger than 150 “seem [...]

2021-09-13T09:55:44-05:00September 13th, 2021|Tools for Action|

“Eight Hours for What We Will”: The Forgotten History of Labor Day

Now that it represents big sales and the end of summer, it might surprise you that Labor Day was originally an organizers’ holiday. “Organized labor was critical in the fight against child labor and for the eight-hour workday and the New Deal, which gave us Social Security and unemployment insurance,” says Chad Broughton of The Atlantic.  What has changed between the 19th century and now? Let’s not forget the history of what is truly a celebration of working people and what we can do when we come together for a cause. What is the Meaning of Labor Day? While 1894 [...]

2021-09-07T09:14:44-05:00September 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|

5 Tips for One-On-One Meetings (and 5 Things to Avoid)

Building relationships creates commitment, the glue of an organization. Leadership begins with understanding yourself: your values, your motivation, your story. But leadership is about enabling others to achieve purpose. The foundation of this kind of leadership is the relationships built with others, most especially, others with whom we can share leadership. The Art of the One-On-One One way to initiate intentional relationships is the one-on-one meeting, a technique developed by organizers over many years. But while it sounds easy enough to ask someone out for coffee, how do you ensure you are actually, actively building relationship during that conversation? 1. [...]

2021-08-30T11:22:37-05:00August 30th, 2021|Tools for Action|

Lauren & Caleb Langworthy: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Lauren and Caleb Langworthy, farmers and organizers in western Wisconsin (and participants in the 2021 virtual WiLD Academy): 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? We’ve learned the importance of developing leadership capacity and intentionally delegating areas of responsibility by “falling off the bike.” It is easy to hold on to the responsibility and burden of an organizing project with good intentions—thinking that you’re protecting the time of others. However, the independent mindset that is ultimately at the root of these behaviors is detrimental to the act of organizing [...]

2021-08-24T08:28:17-05:00August 24th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Stories that Inspire Action: Intro to Public Narrative

Each of us has a story that can move others to action. Hesitant as you may be to talk about yourself, recruiting others to join you requires developing a personal connection and sharing what calls you to leadership. If you don’t author your own story, one will likely be assumed for you. Public narrative is a leadership practice developed by longtime organizer and Harvard professor Marshall Ganz that articulates a story of why you were called to lead, a story of those whom you hope to mobilize, and a story of action. Story of Self What calls you to lead—in [...]

2021-07-28T15:54:16-05:00July 28th, 2021|Tools for Action|

Ashley Daniels: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Ashley Daniels, an organizer with the Carolina Federation (and participant in the 2021 virtual WiLD Academy): 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? I've learned (repeatedly) that the fissures and deep disrepair experienced in organizing is 9 times out of 10 caused by isolation. The times that I've felt inadequate or unbelonging to a movement was because, in isolation, I had begun to create stories about how others might be assessing me. Likewise, the times that I've connected with people who had been removed from the group, they were [...]

2021-06-23T11:59:51-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

4 Ways to Honor Juneteenth with Action

Last year’s historic protests against racist police violence has brought more attention to the traditional Black holiday, Juneteenth. What’s the Story with Juneteenth? Celebrated on June 19th each year, Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed the last remaining Black slaves that they were free—and that they had been for almost two years, since the Emancipation Proclamation. Since the late 1800s, Black Americans have used Juneteenth as an opportunity to honor past and current struggles, educating communities about Black history and culture, and highlighting the achievements of Black Americans, often in conjunction [...]

2021-06-15T10:13:23-05:00June 15th, 2021|Tools for Action|

Dreama Caldwell: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Dreama Caldwell, Executive Co-Director at Down Home NC: 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? I have learned the importance of trying again after the fall, using the lessons from before to keep me from making the same mistakes. I am not afraid to own mistakes, be incorrect, admit to giving incorrect advice, or make choices that can be seen as failure. I understand that failure is just a lesson and success occurs when the lessons are applied. It is all a part of growing. It also shows courage [...]

2021-06-09T12:15:43-05:00June 8th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Academy 2021 Report

Fresh off the 2020 Presidential Election, and still in the thick of the pandemic, what would be the interest for community organizing in the new year? With in-person gatherings off the table, and the struggles for racial, economic, and environmental justice rising, the Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project forged ahead in building a community of practice online.

2021-06-08T13:38:41-05:00June 8th, 2021|WiLD News|

5 Ways to Support the LGBTQ+ Community During Pride Month

The Stonewall Riots, which occurred in June 1969 in New York City, were the initial spark for the modern LGBTQ+” rights movement. As one of the few gathering places accepting LGBTQ+ patrons at the time, the Stonewall Inn was a safe-haven. Faced with a spontaneous police raid, Stonewall patrons—many of them trans women of color—fought for their right to congregate in peace. There has certainly been progress in the 52 years since Stonewall (marriage equality, for example), but many challenges persist, including health disparities, violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and the introduction of discriminatory legislation. 5 Ways to [...]

2021-06-02T11:44:07-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Tools for Action|
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