This was a great session that covered both the first steps and also went into more depth as and where needed. I will be using these ideas in future and feel more confident in my ability to find the information I need.
Sharon attended the 2013 “Research skills for activists and independent journalists workshop”.
“Education through experience, these trainers know their stuff! An amazing opportunity for those interested in change making. I definitely am acquiring the tools I need to be an active, engaged member of society seeking to make positive and democratic change.
Yasmine attended the 2012 “Introduction to Media” workshop.
“Campaign Planning is a highly informative and interesting workshop regarding the thought processes and dynamics behind successful campaigns, no matter how large or small your campaign happens to be. The tools you will learn can also cross over into personal or job success strategies.”
Michelle Simeunovich attended the 2013 “Campaign planning” workshop.
“The “How to Facilitate a Workshop” session was thoughtful and reflective. It offered tips and insights into how to make workshops engaging and thought provoking, and was useful for beginners and seasoned facilitators. I would recommend Tools For Change Workshops for anyone interested in education and social change.”
Liam O’Leary, Community Liaison, Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto. Liam attended the 2012 training on “How to host a workshop”.
“This was an amazing workshop where I learned so much; having the chance to actually design one and then practice dealing with the worst participant ever was so helpful!”
Sharon Anderson, participant at the 2012 training on “How to host a workshop”.
“Thank you for the stimulating and informative workshop on Rally Organizing. The speakers were excellent communicators and demonstrated proven techniques that do and do not work. It proved to be an essential course for anyone in the non profit sector for developing the fundamental skill needed to organize and advertise a Rally or March.”
Paula Wells, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto. Paula was a participant of the Organizing Marches and Rallies workshop hosted by Tools for Change in 2012.
“The workshop was helpful in gaining clarity on this business of political writing. Besides offering practical tips on organization and presentation, it also enabled participants to define for themselves the problems in writing and the necessity of critical intervention.”
Rana Khan, participant in the Political Writing workshop hosted by Tools for Change in May 2012.
“The Facilitation 201 workshop was a well-planned and interactive learning experience. The hands-on engagement of us participants provided realistic scenarios of how to plan and facilitate meetings. I found the subsequent critiquing useful, as well as earlier brainstorming on techniques to overcome problem areas facilitators are faced with. Thanks for a useful training!”
Martina Rowley, environmental communicator, and participant of our Advanced Facilitation workshop, held in November 2011.
“Attending the Tools for Change “Facilitation 201″ gave me the opportunity to learn from such a great model of skill sharing and skill building. The workshop facilitators were amazing; both in terms of providing me with new ideas for exercises and approaches to facilitation, and in terms of creating space for affirming, critical reflection and growth from all participants. I will definitely continue to follow Tools for Change, as it’s such an a great resource for individuals and groups engaged in community organizing to learn new skills and share skills with one another.”
Katelyn Blascik, participant of the Facilitation 201 workshop we hosted in November 2011.
“I found this was an extremely worthwhile workshop and was impressed with the material, the trainers, and the attendees. I learned things that I can apply in just about every type of meeting that I attend in either as a facilitator, or a participant. I will definitely attend other workshops in this series.”
Rose Kudlac, participant of the Facilitation 101 workshop hosted by Tools for Change in November 2011.
“This workshop will help you to be a stronger group facilitator–for meetings, team work and for facilitating your own workshop. You will be engaged every step of the learning process and will be encouraged to think critically.”
Emily Green, participant of the Advanced Facilitation workshop hosted by Tools for Change in November 2011.
“The skills, support and insights I’ve gained from the Tools for Change workshops are making me a better activist, allowing me to meet activists with diverse priorities and increasing my long-term resolve to work for justice and peace.”
Michael Waglay, participant of the Avoiding Activist Burnout and Group Decision-making workshops hosted by Tools for Change in February 2012.
“What a great workshop. I feel more confident in my facilitation skills and am eager to apply the learnings of the workshop. It is wonderful to have found a community of facilitators that can be part of mutual learning experiences.”
Julia Fortier, participant of the Facilitation workshop hosted by Tools for Change in March 2012.
“I attended the half-day workshop on meetings. The facilitator had plenty of professional experience on the topic, so she was able to offer valuable tips. There was a great mix of theory and interactive experiences. Most important, it was fun!”
Shawn Phelps, participant of the Facilitation workshop hosted by Tools for Change in March 2012.
“I really enjoyed the work shop and walked away with skills that will help me in many different areas of my life. I drove 2 hours to come to the event and it was absolutely worth my time. Lots of fun and friendly faces.”
Brandon Cormier, participant of the Mastering Google and Going Deeper: Research skills for activists and independent journalists hosted by Tools for Change in February 2012.
“This session gave me some great ideas and an epiphany. The role plays were surprisingly realistic and well done. Facilitators were excellent. Highly recommended.”
David F, participant of the Direct Action workshop hosted by Tools for Change in 2012.
“I attend a lot of workshops for people in the nonprofit sector. The Political Writing workshop stands out. The Instructor provided relevant and interesting information and ideas, examples and direction on how to practically apply the theories. I learned a lot. Thanks!!”
Tiffany Nyklickova, participant in the Political Writing workshop hosted by Tools for Change in May 2012.