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Feed your soul and fill your toolbox with Benn (a trans man, outdoors person, political organizer, and social justice advocate) as he interviews organizers, activists, artists, academics, and experts about their experiences and knowledge on building community and creating change. They dive deep into social movements, fundraising, building teams, volunteer leadership development, self care, recruitment, time management, launching non-profits, resiliency work, digital organizing, direct action, coalition work, and so much more. Guests on the show also explore different progressive issues and how they are organizing around them including sexual assault prevention and consent language, organizing peer to peer support networks for trans folks, water justice, resiliency work in communities of color, and a vast array of other topics. In addition to interviews, Benn shares his own toolbox of knowledge and skills to help you be more efficient and effective in the work. So dive on in! The water's warm!

Feed your soul and fill your toolbox with Benn (a trans man, outdoors person, political organizer, and social justice advocate) as he interviews organizers, activists, artists, academics, and experts about their experiences and knowledge on building community and creating change. They dive deep into social movements, fundraising, building teams, volunteer leadership development, self care, recruitment, time management, launching non-profits, resiliency work, digital organizing, direct action, coalition work, and so much more. Guests on the show also explore different progressive issues and how they are organizing around them including sexual assault prevention and consent language, organizing peer to peer support networks for trans folks, water justice, resiliency work in communities of color, and a vast array of other topics. In addition to interviews, Benn shares his own toolbox of knowledge and skills to help you be more efficient and effective in the work. So dive on in! The water's warm!
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United States

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Feed your soul and fill your toolbox with Benn (a trans man, outdoors person, political organizer, and social justice advocate) as he interviews organizers, activists, artists, academics, and experts about their experiences and knowledge on building community and creating change. They dive deep into social movements, fundraising, building teams, volunteer leadership development, self care, recruitment, time management, launching non-profits, resiliency work, digital organizing, direct action, coalition work, and so much more. Guests on the show also explore different progressive issues and how they are organizing around them including sexual assault prevention and consent language, organizing peer to peer support networks for trans folks, water justice, resiliency work in communities of color, and a vast array of other topics. In addition to interviews, Benn shares his own toolbox of knowledge and skills to help you be more efficient and effective in the work. So dive on in! The water's warm!

Language:

English

Contact:

207.712.2176


Episodes

11. Sass Linekin

6/13/2019
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Sass shares a powerful story of how a direct action protesting trains transporting fracked oil through their small Maine town forever changed the direction of their life. Now as an organizer for Resources for Organizing Social Change (ROSC) they share the skills they have learned over the years. I should note that this is a skype call I had with Sass last winter so when they discuss different events the timing was much earlier in the year than when this is landing in your inbox.

Duration:00:48:23

10. Thom Hartmann

6/6/2019
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100 people die from gun violence every day in America. We have the highest rate of gun violence in the world. This month (June) is gun violence awareness month and this weekend beginning June 7th marks a nation wide weekend of action to bring about awareness of gun violence in america called "wear orange". To help us better understand gun violence and its roots in our history, I hopped on the phone with special guest Thom Hartmann. Thom is a New York Times best selling author of 24 books in...

Duration:00:27:12

9. Monna Wong

5/30/2019
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This week I am thrilled to have my friend and mentor Monna Wong on the show. Currently living in San Francisco with roots in New York, I met Monna when she was the Regional Field Director for marriage equality in Maine in 2012. Running the Portland field operation she grew the team to where by election day there were over 2,000 volunteers that walked through the Portland office alone in the final two weeks of the campaign. She shares with us some of her favorite moments, biggest struggles,...

Duration:00:40:59

8. Chris Perez

5/23/2019
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Chris Perez is an urban farmer and food justice advocate. Their passion is supporting and building sustainable food systems in their communities. Chris comes from a background of organizing for LGBTQ rights and racial justice organizing and has applied that experience to their gardening and community building around food and working with youth. Chris shares with us how you can get started in growing your own food, and how to feed your spirit through maintaining hope for our future.

Duration:00:48:27

7. Molly Griffard

5/16/2019
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Soon to graduate as part of the NYU Law class of 2019, Molly was previously political campaign strategist for LGBTQ issues around the United States. She shares with us her experiences, and how to think strategically around movement building and how to take care of yourself along the way.

Duration:00:38:49

6. Quinn Gormley

5/9/2019
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Quinn Gormley and I discuss what its like growing a non-profit that is part organizing part direct service and all the unique struggles of serving a marginalized community. Quinn is the executive director of the Maine Transgender Network, often referred to as MaineTransNet or MTN for short. MTN is a trans led peer to peer support network dedicated to supporting and empowering transgender people to create a world where they can thrive. Their work centers around the more than 30 support groups...

Duration:00:43:32

5. Professor Francesca Vassallo

5/2/2019
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Professor Vassallo, a political science comparativist specializing in contentious politics and protest movements across Europe shares with us a bit about the green party's success in countries across Europe, the culture of protesting in France, social capital and how to build it, and why it is so important to show up to vote.

Duration:00:52:45

4. Recruitment Framework

4/25/2019
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This episode is a solo episode where I share some frameworks and ways of thinking about volunteer recruitment that will help you in your volunteer recruitment efforts to increase your capacity through building a team. These frameworks can be applied to various different organizing efforts though they are rooted in my experience on political campaigns.

Duration:00:54:51

3. Megan Brooker

4/18/2019
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In this episode, I jumped on a skype call with Megan Brooker, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Irvine. She specializes in social movements, political sociology, culture, and qualitative methods. We discuss how to navigate decisions on whether or not to organize within institutionalized politics or to go outside it, coalition work, the impact of social movements on political parties and so much more.

Duration:00:56:27

2. Samaa Abdurraqib

4/18/2019
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Samaa Abdurraqib’s resume of experience in the world of organizing is long. She has been a professor, abortion rights and reproductive justice organizer, she has organized for access to healthcare and so much more. In her current job she provides training, support, and project coordination for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. What we talk the most about though is the organizing she is doing outside of her 40 hour a week job, which is doing resiliency work within communities of...

Duration:00:52:01

1. Shane Diamond

4/11/2019
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Shane Diamond, founder of Speak About it sits down with me to talk about how he started an organization that through theatrical plays, has presented to over 300,000 high school juniors, seniors, and college freshmen across the country and around the world about sexual assault prevention and consent. He shares with us wisdom from starting something new, launching an organization, the language around consent, growing in leadership, asking for help, self care, and soo much more.

Duration:00:48:25

Sneak Peek

4/9/2019
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Welcome to the Ocean of Organizing podcast. Here is a short teaser of what you can expect to hear on future episodes as we explore different ways of building community and creating change. Interviews with progressive organizers, activists and experts in the field of social movements, and political engagement. In this teaser you will hear snippets from Molly Griffard, a current NYU Law student who has worked on LGBTQ campaigns all across the country; Shane Diamond the founder of ‘Speak About...

Duration:00:02:51