“Build-a-better” changemaker workshops
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Upswell is for changemakers, but what are you trying to change? The world, of course. But that’s a pretty tall order.
What if you could spend 60 to 90 minutes changing yourself – your outlook, knowledge base, skill set, toolbox, or network? Could you leverage those changes in pursuit of your world-changing mission?
That’s what Upswell workshops are all about. They offer a change-making environment for personal experimentation, growth, and connection – rewarding curiosity about what can be. They provide an interactive venue for honing or acquiring new skills, and a wide variety of ways to understand how changework happens – and how we can collaborate to make greater impact.
Upswell workshops are organized into four themes:
- Humanity | The work we do as changemakers must be grounded in our humanity, and the humanity of those who touch and are touched by our work. Humanity workshops provide the chance to reconnect with core leadership values and to learn how to apply human-centered practices in pursuit of mission.
- Data and Technology | Technology continues to advance at a whiplash pace and touches nearly every aspect of changemakers’ work. In this track, participants of varying expertise will learn the latest trends and practices to leverage technology and data for greater impact.
- Racial Equity | Our country was founded on, and continues to perpetuate, systems of racism, oppression, and structural violence. Together, we must confront racial inequities. Racial equity workshops provide space to acquire new tools and techniques to advance racial equity in your personal and professional life.
- Policy and Advocacy | Sustainable positive change can’t happen without public policy interventions. From Capitol Hill to City Hall, policy & advocacy workshops help seasoned experts and new advocates understand how to more effectively advance their cause.
Check here for our latest offerings, and come back often for updates. You wouldn’t expect a static schedule for workshops that are all about changework, would you?
Debra Rainey is manager of communications at Independent Sector.