Join COCo for “Just talking” to discuss democratic decision-making in coalitions
Are you involved in a coalition of multi-sector, multi-actor community groups, such as an advocacy or mobilization oriented coalition, a table de concertation or a round table? Please join us for a conversation, the first of several, around the issues of democratic decision-making that can arise in the particular context of community organizing within coalitions.
- The event is May 13th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the COCo offices, some food available.
- 3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, room #470, H2X 2K5
- Near Métro Place des Arts, or along the 80, 435 & 129 bus routes
- Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest.
Discussing different points of view and making decisions in any group can be tricky business, especially in community and social justice movements. Creating space for everyone’s opinion to be heard and for all to contribute to collective action is a difficult challenge for facilitators and participants alike. Within coalitions composed of stakeholders from different sectors, with different objectives and varying levels of power and expertise, it can seem almost impossible to create that space.
Organizing in coalitions is an important tool for social justice movements, but how can we find ways to address power imbalances and make our coalitions more democratic?
COCo invites you to come and discuss your experience participating in multi-sectorial coalitions and round tables. We hope you’ll contribute your questions and ideas about how to make the groups you participate in more democratic and that this will be the first of a series of conversations about this topic.
Si vous faites partie d’un organisme ou d’une coalition francophone, vous êtes la bienvenue.
Notez que les activités se tiendront tout de même en anglais.
People from francophone organizations and coalitions are welcome to join.
The activities will however be carried out in English.
We should start by not having to use social media (read: big corp) to gather our efforts and share information. Opt-in emails, community bulletin boards (remember those) and “I’ll call a genuine friend via ma bell”.
*ugh* a worpress site – could you not have hosted something locally and maintained by staff on the island of Montreal?
Ah, forget all that, let’s start a facebook group to discuss further about democratic decision-making in coalitions