The Council Organizing Academy (COA) is a four-week virtual training program for Council Organizers and Core Members that begins on Thursday, May 17, at 9 p.m. ET.
The program will take place via conference call for four Thursday evenings in a row. Each call will last about an hour, and will focus on one key skill, which will be directly relevant to the actual organizing work that's needed in your Council that week. The expectation is that each trainee will then spend about another hour between calls doing a “homework assignment” that utilizes that new skill. Trainees should plan to commit to participating all four weeks.
If you have questions about the Council Organizing Academy, please email your Field Organizer, Regional Organizer, or Council Organizer.
Check below for recordings of each week's call!
All calls are on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
To RSVP and get your personal call-in code for the COA training calls click here: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=275421.
Q: I participated in the Fall COA. How is this different? Will I learn new skills?
This COA is different in two main ways: it is only open to council COs and Core members and it is rooted in your Council’s organizing. If you did the fall COA, this will provide more insight on how to apply those learned skills - each skill will be practiced and tested with that weeks organizing.
Q: What if I can't be on all four calls?
Each call builds off the previous, so we are looking for individuals who want to commit to all 4 calls. If you want to participate but can’t make all 4 calls, talk with your RO and/or FO.
Q: What if my PIN doesn't work?
First, hang up and call back in. If that doesn't work, try the tips found here: maestroconference.com/gettingin.
Q: What does it cost to join the COA?
The COA is free for participants. Participants are expected to provide their own internet and phone, but all other materials will be covered by MoveOn.
Q: Who will lead the trainings each week?
A team of MoveOn Field Organizers and Regional Organizers.
Q: What if I can't afford to call in each week?
There are several virtual programs that you can use for free, like Google Voice or Skype. If those aren't options aren't available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our scholarship program.
Week 1: MoveOn Organizing Model: Why do I organize?
Week 2: Building Power—Goals & Strategy
Week 3: Strategy Step #1—Who are our leaders?
Week 4: Strategy Step #1 (cont.)—Building Strong Councils via Delegation
Week 5: Strategy Step #2—Power Map your Target and Community
Week 6: Strategy Step #3—Develop your Tactics and Timeline
Week 7: Strategy Step #4—Keep strategizing and building leaders