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Activism in Intentional Communities, Community in Activism
November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST , $10 – $48
Exploring the Intersection of Activism and Community
At a time of heated political and social tensions across the United States and around the world, we invite you to join us and community organizer, Emma Schoenberg, for a facilitated session exploring the intersection of intentional community and activism.
Through discussion and questioning, we will look at the ways in which skills and knowledge that exist in intentional communities that can be applied in social movements, and how social justice principles such as nonviolence and equity can shape and inform community spaces. Over the course of two hours, we will engage with different frameworks addressing the same goal: creating living systems in both community building and organizing that are healthy and healing. If desired, this workshop can hold space for processing the outcome of the rapidly shifting US political landscape and focus on helping each other find our own paths to social change-making.
Key Workshop Outcomes:
- An understanding of basic social change theory + power
- Integral nonviolence: a three-fold approach to change (intentional community is one of the three)
- Living Systems : skills that exist in intentional community that are currently lacking in social movements such as structures for decision making, feedback, and communication
- Emergence / Ecosystems and how they relate to community + activism
- Vocation – a multitude of ways of showing up in activism
Register above to join this live workshop on Zoom and/or to receive the recording in case you can’t make it. Thursday, November 12th | 1-3pm pacific / 4-6pm eastern (See your local time).
Emma Schoenberg is a Vermont-born community organizer and trainer. As a part of her work with the Climate Disobedience Center, she is a co-founder of No Coal No Gas – the campaign fighting to close the last large coal plant in New England. She is a member of the core team launching the Yet-To-Be-Named Network – a direct action network focusing at the intersection of racial healing and climate justice through the lens of “fierce vulnerability”. Emma carries an enduring commitment to building accessible, equitable, and relational social movements – especially in rural communities. A wearer of many hats, her work has touched on direct action and civil disobedience, racial justice education, mutual aid, food and housing justice, as well as organizational structure, group facilitation, electoral campaigns, and state policy. In her free time, Emma serves on the boards of the Vermont Peace & Justice Center and the Center for Sustainable Systems. She lives in an intentional community in Burlington, VT with her cat Amos, seven housemates, many tomato plants, and a dog named Artemis.
“Service and activism go hand in hand with intentional community. In a sense, central to the intent of intentional communities is providing the service of modeling an alternative society. But it’s also common for intentional communities to engage in service and activism beyond themselves, and our history is full of examples…”
– Sky Blue, Service and Activism in Intentional Communities