7. Putting it All Together
Now that you’ve practiced your story, learned about strategy and campaigning, practiced talking and writing for the media, and thought about how to build a movement, it’s time to put all you’ve workshopped into action.
|Total Time: 40 minutes|
|1. Gather in your team. Timekeeper begins keeping time. Use the questions below to remind yourself of the key pieces of your stories of Self, Us and Now.||5 min|
|2. Tell your full story to your team members and respond to each other—each person takes 5 min. to tell their full stories and the group has 3. min to offer feedback.
NOTE: You have just 5 minutes to tell your story. Stick to this limit. Make sure your timekeeper cuts you off. This encourages focus and makes sure everyone has a chance.
|3. Choose your most able story teller to tell their story before the larger group. Give them pointers to prep again to tell their story a third time.||5 min|
Now think back to the stories of self, us and now. How can you best tie together all three? Your role as an organizer is to tell the full story of who you are, the values of the climate movement, and how we can take action. Use the below worksheet and your team to practice telling your full story.
|What are your experiences and values that call you to take leadership on building a clean energy future?||What is your reason for believing in the possibility of the people you will be speaking to? What is their story?||Why is it urgent to deal with climate change? What is your strategy to overcome this challenge? What is the first step that each person can take to be part of your solution?|
Coaching Your Team’s Public Narrative
As you hear each other’s stories, keeping track of the details of each person’s story will help you to provide feedback and remember details about people on your team later. Use the grid below to track your team’s stories.
This fun exercise will help you and your team articulate what your campaign looks like, and what you’ve accomplished at this workshop together (and what yo commit to getting done in the near future). Choose one person to be the scribe, and take 15 minutes to fill in the blanks below.
The most important part of learning how to do good climate organizing is–you guessed it–practice! That’s why the last activity of this workshop is to assign roles and responsibilities, and begin taking action. You are the leaders you’ve been waiting for–change won’t happen without you. So let’s start working and solve the climate crisis!
Team Work: Start working!
Split up into groups of folks who will be working together after your workshop: split by city, state, or region of state depending on how you will be working after the training. For a scenario, use the next event you will be working on as a group.
First 10 minutes: Talk about the logistics of your next event and what you want to accomplish from the event. What are you goals for your group after this event, how can this event help you to meet your long-term goals? Make a list of how this event could help you build your list of supporters, your long term power in the community, or any other way it could help you in the long term.
Second ten minutes: Brainstorm as a group all the things you will need to do to make this event a success, and break each thing into an “action item,” or something that needs to be done after this meeting. Make a list, splitting it into types of tasks (media, outreach, fundraising, phone banking, resources, etc.), of all of the action items that need to be accomplished.
Third ten minutes: Use the last ten minutes to give everyone in your group a role so that they can own their specific action item list of tasks without needing to check back with the group. Some examples of roles: media coordinator, volunteer coordinator, resource coordinator, day-of-logistics coordinator, team leader, outreach coordinator, partner coordinator, etc. Use your list of action items to determine what roles need to be filled. For example, if you need to phone bank to get people to your event, maybe you should have a resource coordinator in charge of finding phones and a place to do calling!
Now, assign your list of action items to different people in the group. If someone is not ready to take on a full role, they can assist with some of the tasks of someone else in the group, but make sure that you assign each person at least 1-3 of your action items.
Last 5 minutes: Reflect as a group! What is the benefit of set roles? How can we use roles to make sure that tasks get done? Who will check in with folks to make sure their role is going well and see if they need help?