Deep Canvassing 101: The Proven Method to Change Hearts and Minds Do you want to have compassionate, non-judgmental conversations across lines of difference? We can show you how in this free training, which includes certification upon completion of all three sessions.

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Training

Find the training opportunity that is right for you or your organization.
Training is our Foundation

People’s Action has launched an Organizing Revival with a vision of engaging hundreds of thousands of people in our movement. A deep investment in the fundamentals of organizing is the cornerstone of this revival.

We’re adding new training opportunities all year and all around the country, so check this page frequently to find the opportunity that is right for you, or contact us to see if we can help host a training for your organization.

Upcoming Dates

Deep Canvass Institute 101
July 16, 2024
Fundamentals of Organizing
August 17 and August 18, 2024
Introduction to Deep Canvassing
August 27, 2024

Deep Canvass Institute Information Session

Are you an organizer, community leader, or activist looking to engage with your community around deeply polarizing issues? Are you an individual hoping to understand how to have compassionate, non-judgmental conversations across lines of difference? Or, are you someone who’s heard about this thing called “deep canvassing” and you’re curious to learn more?

This information session will cover the core components of deep canvassing and help you decide if our three-day, nine-hour “Deep Canvass 101 Skills Training” is for you. 
Focus
Orientation, overview of skills
Who
Organizers, journalists, funders, anyone looking to learn about the deep canvass methodology
When
Every two months 
Where
Virtual
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Deep Canvass Institute 101: How to Have a Deep Canvass Conversation

Learn and practice how to deep canvass including; script structure, storytelling, compassionate curiosity and assertiveness.
Focus
Canvassing, hard skills
Who
Open to anyone interested in deep canvassing, but especially valuable for members and staff of organizations who are running or starting deep canvass programs.
When
Every two months
Where
Virtual
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Fundamentals of Organizing

Our ‘Fundamentals of Organizing’ training is a two-part training that is held quarterly and has an emphasis on building relationships grounded in mutual self-interest that balances an expansive sense of how a multiracial democracy should operate and a long-term vision for the world with the realities of building power in the world as it is today.
Focus
‘Fundamentals of Organizing’ has a focus on power, self-interest, one-to-one relational meetings; and the foundation of power organizations.
Who
Open to leaders and staff of People’s Action member organizations, partners, and movement allies.
When
Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, August 18, 2024
Where
Virtual
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Organizer Boot Camp

The Organizer Boot Camp is focused on helping organizers build a powerful base of leaders and move them into action. The goal for all participants to graduate equipped to double their leadership base within three months.
Focus
This training moves through the core concepts of power, self-interest, one-to-one relational meetings and the foundation of power organizations and builds into propositions, effective meetings and creating a powerful team. Training and materials are in English and Spanish.
Who
This training is ideal for all new organizers in their first twelve months and is available and appropriate to any organizer who has not yet received intensive training. Capacity is limited to 45 total participants and priority is given to People’s Action member organizations and organizations exploring membership, but there are limited spots available for allied organizations that are referred by People’s Action member organizations.
When
TBD
twelve four-hour sessions
Where
Virtual
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Weeklong Leadership Training

For experienced organizers who are ready to take their leadership to another level. People’s Action Weeklong uses an agitational training methodology combined with introspective political education. We call people into thinking deeply about themselves, their community and their vision, and we push people to make commitments about how they need to show up to make that vision a reality. The outcome is deeper commitment to building power. 
When
TBD
Where
TBD
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Training for Trainers

Trainers are the heartbeat of the Training Program. Training for Trainers (T4T) is where we identify and develop Trainers. T4T uses a mix of Plenary Sessions, Demo Sessions and Practice in Small Groups. Because of the coaching-intensive nature of this event, we can accommodate a limited number of participants. We are looking for folks who can make a serious commitment to their capacity as a trainer to develop and enhance local training programs at your organizations.
When
TBD
Where
TBD
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Base Building & Campaigns Boot Camp

Base Building & Campaigns Boot Camp is a training series focused on helping organizers build powerful base of leaders and move them into action and the goal for all participants of the Boot Camp to be equipped to double their leadership base. The Boot Camp consists of two training sessions every week and includes homework to build a stronger base and tactics for organizing. This Boot Camp will consist of building your team and finding new leaders in your community to put into action. This is an exciting opportunity for organizers to build their organizations towards a path to power and an opportunity to build a stronger base that wants to win going into 2024 and beyond.
Focus
The Base Building & Campaigns Boot Camp focuses on the fundamentals of organizing and integrating base building into powerful issue-based work building towards a co-governance model. The training moves through the core concepts of power, self-interest, one-to-one relational meetings and the foundation of power organizations and builds into propositions, effective meetings and creating a powerful team. It then builds towards the mechanics of how to cut an issue and develop strategic campaigns grounded in effective power analysis.


Who
New organizers and organizers seeking to strengthen their skills
When
TBD
Where
Virtual with in-person gathering for graduates
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