Participant Logistics and Preparation:
Welcome to our 2020 Community Organizing and Popular Education Institute! We are psyched to work with all of you—another group of dynamic popular educators, organizers, and community leaders working for change in our communities.
We are coming together for five days of learning, reflection, and planning so that we can:
- deepen our values;
- root our knowledge;
- expand our creativity;
- develop relationships of trust and action;
- strategically create, build, and grow; and
- strengthen movements for change in our communities.
Below you will find logistics and details about the 2020 Organizing Institute. Please note: we expect that all participants will attend the Institute in its entirety. Each day has been planned thoroughly in sections that build on each other. Limited participation will affect individual learning, organizational learning, and the learning of the group as a whole. Inform us ASAP if unexpected events come up so that we can plan accordingly. We will do our best to support you and your learning; we are here for you. Connect with us if you have any questions.
We look forward to building with you!
2020 Community Organizing & Popular Education Institute
- Eaton House
1203 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Google Map)
K Street NW, between 12th St. NW and 13th St. NW
Creator Room, 4th Floor
The Eaton House is a co-working space. While we will have designated private rooms for the Organizing Institute, we also ask participants to be mindful of the other groups that share the space.
- WMATA Metro
Metrorail: Mt Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center (11 minute walk), Metro Center Station (7 minute walk), and McPherson Sq. Station (7 minute walk). Please check the WMATA website to plan your trip.
Metrobus: Many bus lines are 1+ blocks away. Please check the WMATA website to plan your trip.
Bicycles: There are bicycle racks available in front of the Eaton House.
Parking: Parking is difficult downtown. We recommend finding an all-day parking garage.
- Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31
9:30AM - 5:00PM
The training room will open every morning at 9:00AM. Institute trainers will be available for any questions.
If personal logistics (childcare, health, etc.) begin to limit your participation, talk to us. We will do our best to support you and your learning. We are here for you. Inform us ASAP if unexpected events come up so that we can plan accordingly.
- A light breakfast will be provided each day (e.g. granola bars, instant oatmeal, nuts, fresh fruit, juices, tea, and coffee). Refreshments/snacks/chocolate will be available throughout the day.
Lunch will be provided each day. The menu for the week includes:
- Vietnamese Rice Dishes
We will be following your dietary requests from your registration questionnaire. With your leadership we will do our best to ensure that your dietary needs are met.
Lunches are prepared by local family-owned restaurants and delis.
- We will provide you with a Movement Matters workbook/training manual at the beginning of the Institute that will be used in its entirety. Please make it your own.
We ask all participants to come ready to share, to create community, to learn from each other, to energize each other, and to laugh. We also ask that each participant come prepared to examine and push past their own discomfort and challenges in participating in liberatory, creative/arts-based, and non-linear transformational spaces.
We will be engaging in play, being silly, and will be using “non-traditional” techniques to create a space for individual and collective growth; we need you to show up open to the process and prepared to contribute for the benefit of all. If you have any hesitations about this, connect with us before the training so we can answer your questions and support you.
As part of these activities, we will be engaging in several storytelling sessions. To prepare for these sessions, we are asking you to bring a small object (a letter, picture, book, police report, a brick from the house that you grew up in, etc.) to help tell a story about "what happened to you and your people to make you want to do organizing work".