Co-op Power Leaders' Retreat

Hi all,

Community Organizing from the Civil Rights Movement to Mondragon
April 8-9 - Fri 6 pm to Saturday 4 pm
In Colrain, MA

We'd like to invite you to participate in our Leader Retreat Series
this year! Learn leadership skills required to transition our
region to a sustainable and just energy future, addressing
multi-class/multi-racial community organizing, community finance,
green job and green business development, and community-based
sustainable energy solutions. Network with other community leaders
across the Northeast.

WHO: Anyone who is interested in providing leadership in the
Northeast region is welcome to participate including members,
staff, board, Energy Coaches, Organizing Council leaders, members
with an idea for a community-based green business or a new energy
product or service, town energy committee members, Transition Town
leaders addressing energy issues, leaders from like-minded organ-
izations, volunteers, and students.

WHERE: Retreats will be hosted by ReBekka at "The Roundhouse"
68 Van Nuys Road, Colrain, MA 01340

COST: $200 per person, includes a bed in a dorm room, 3 meals, and
program fees. Day Registration: $150 per person, includes dinner
Friday and lunch Saturday and program fees. If you have the
resources, we invite you to pay 50% more to help make it possible
for people from limited resource communities to attend. (A small
gesture for justice and equity!) Also let us know if you're
interested in attending, but would like a scholarship.

TO REGISTER: Cyndee Fand and Shakoor Aljuwani are the lead
organizers for this first retreat. We can sign up a limited number
of people, so RVSP to with "Leader Retreat"
in the subject line if you'd like to attend. Please include your
contact info along with a note about the leadership role you
already play in Co-op Power or in your community or the role you'd
like to play. (We'll create a list with the info everyone sends in
to hand out at the first session so let us know if you want some
information kept confidential.)

There will be three sessions spanning this coming year:

Session I: Community Organizing from the Civil Rights Movement to
April 8th 6 to 9 pm and April 9th from 9 am to 4 pm
Keynote: Shakoor Aljuwani

Session II: Community Finance and Business Development
July 29th-30th

Session III: Community Sustainable Energy Solutions for All
Nov 4th-5th

Here is the detailed program for Session I:
Community Organizing from the Civil Rights Movement to Mondragon

Friday, April 8th -
6-7 pm Overview of the Series, Introductions, and Dinner
7:15-8:15 Community Organizing from the Civil Rights Movement to
Mondragon - Shakoor Aljuwani
8:15-8:45 Small Groups - What are the best practices in community
organizing for building community based energy businesses? for
multi-racial multi-class community organizing and movement building?
8:45-9 Closing - logistics, when/where to meet in the morning
9 on - Movement Music Jam Session - bring your instruments and music

Saturday, April 9th-
9-10 S VT Local Organizing Council case study - Developing a
membership campaign for their community solar array on the
Brattleboro Food Co-op roof - S VT Local Organizing Council leaders
10:15-noon - breakouts
A - Supporting Community Transitions - Lynn Benander
B - Door to Door Canvassing - Shakoor Aljuwani
C - Campaign Monitor - How to send out bulk emails to Co-op Power
members and supporters - Sam King
Noon to 12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:45 Refining our Organizing Model for Co-op Power's
Decentralized Network of Local Organizing Councils and Supporting
Ongoing Work for Sustainability and Justice in Communities across
our Region - Lynn Benander
3-4 Closing

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!

Lynn Benander