The ECOLE Skillshare

10750375_10153010459305692_7647012290260884718_oECOLE is proud to announce the beginning of The ECOLE Skillshare, a semester-long workshop series centered on building skills, capacity, and knowledge about community organizing for social and environmental sustainability.  All events are free and open to the public!  For details about accessibility, including childcare and whisper translation (traduction chuchotée vers français), please visit our accessibility page or email us at ecoleproject@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to AMURE for your generous grant funding for this program!

Demystifying Finances

ESS demystifying financesWednesday, February 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the ECOLE House, 3559 rue University.  *We regret to inform that the ECOLE House is not wheelchair accessible.

Do you find yourself day-dreaming the moment there is talk of finance in a meeting? Have you ever wondered what was going on with those obscure excel sheets filled with numbers? Are financial concerns preventing you from starting a new project? “Demystifying Finances” is a workshop designed to demystify finances for community organizers and informal collectives. In this workshop, we will discuss and learn some hands-on skills related to fundraising, budgeting, and keeping track of finances. We will also have conversations about money – why is there so much shame and embarrassment about money? Why do so many of us feel scared while managing money/think that finance is boring? Finally, we will do a couple of fun (yes, we said it!) financial exercises!

This workshop will be facilitated by Kama Maureemootoo, long-time community organizer and current Finance and Administrative Coordinator at QPIRG-McGill.

Communications Strategies for Sustainability ProjectsecoleSScomms

Thursday, February 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the ECOLE House, 3559 rue University.  *We regret to inform that the ECOLE House is not wheelchair accessible.

You have a great idea, and you’re ready to get it off the ground. But how do you connect your initiative with a wider audience?

Julia Solomon from the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) will be facilitating this interactive workshop to help you figure out how to tell your story and make your ideas resonate with the broader community. We’ll be breaking down the different elements of building a communications strategy, and helping you define the goals, audience, message and tactics that will mobilize people around your initiative. Come to learn concrete skills, connect the work that you’re doing with other projects, and share collective knowledge and experiences!

Stay tuned for the full range of workshops, including:

Consensus-Based Decision-Making and Facilitation Skills

Union Organizing on Campus

Non-Violent Direct Action

Vermicomposting

and more!

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