Activism 101 (2012)

Activism 101 is a re-occurring series of workshops, lectures, discussions, film screenings and other events designed to bring together the wide variety of groups working on social and environmental justice in our community. We aim to share our knowledge, experiences and skills in the hopes of empowering participants to take action and create change in their own lives and communities.

The next Activism 101 is happening on January 28th, 2012 from 10:00AM-6:30PM in the Queen’s Centre Rm 506.

The schedule is as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 AM      OPIRG – Introduction to Consensus Decision Making and Facilitation
11:15 – 12:15 PM         EWB – Fair Trade Workshop
12:30 – 1:30 PM         CFRC & JHR – Media and Social Justice
1:45 – 2:45 PM           Earth Centre – Green Consumerism
3:00 – 4:00 PM         QPID – Youth Outreach and Engagement
4:15 – 5:15 PM           POSSE – Theatre and Social Justice
5:30 – 6:30 PM         SHRC – Consent Workshop

Introduction to Consensus Decision Making and Facilitation
OPIRG Kingston

Consensus is a process for group decision-making. Consensus believes that people are at their best and most creative when they aren’t trying to compete with each other or defer to a high leader, but when they work together and have their input valued equally. Through consensus, we are not only working to achieve better solutions, but also to promote the growth of community and trust. This workshop will provide basic tools for facilitators and participants to employ in a consensus decision making model.

Fair Trade Workshop
Engineers Without Borders

Have you heard about Fair Trade, but you aren’t really sure what it means? In this interactive workshop about Fair Trade, you will learn a bit more about how Fair Trade actually works, why it makes sense, and how it creates equality in the world trade market.

Media and Social Justice
CFRC and Journalists for Human Rights

Green Consumerism
The Earth Centre

The Earth Centre is excited to host a discussion and workshop on green consumerism. We will be examining specific brands that label themselves as “Eco-Friendly” and what actions these companies have taken to show that they’re committed to environmental action and waste reduction. We will be challenging our colleagues to identify the “good” and “bad” ingredients on product labels and discussing what else to look out for when you’re shopping. Finally, the Earth Centre would like to show Queen’s and Kingston what we’re doing and how others can become involved and take action.

Youth Outreach and Engagement
Queen’s Project on International Development

Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID) is an organization on campus that focuses on offering a space for critical engagement with development issues, running a wide variety of initiatives. This presentation will specifically address our High School Outreach portfolio, and why we feel youth engagement is a critical part of development activism. We are going to transparently run our “Ethical Imagery and Representations of Development” workshop to try and show the techniques we use, and the motivation behind how we attempt to engage high school students. We hope to create a dialogue about the importance of and methods for getting youth critically engaged, when it comes to development and activism more broadly.

Theatre and Social Justice
Project Outreach for Secondary School Education

Performance Outreach for Students’ Social Education (POSSE) is an interactive theatre group that engages with students in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary environments within the Kingston community. We write and perform educational skits and run workshops to encourage discussion about social issues such as body image, mental health, sexual orientation, responsible partying, derogatory slang, ablism, gender identities, bullying, safe sex, substance abuse, and others. POSSE strives to create a fun atmosphere that fosters open-mindedness and acceptance, and provides young people with tools for thinking critically about issues that affect their everyday lives.

POSSE will be performing skits covering the social issues of body image, addictions, female identified persons derogatory slang, and abilism each followed by interactive discussions with the audience.

Consent Workshop
Sexual Health Resource Centre

The Sexual Health Resource Centre is a confidential, non-judgemental, non-heterosexist, feminist, pro-choice, queer positive, and sex-positive information and referral service for all things regarding sex, sexuality, and sexual health.  A fixture on campus for 40 years, the SHRC stresses the importance of consent as an integral part of any relationship.  This workshop will provide an overview of how consent can inform communication, and participants will engage in discussion aiming to illuminate the different ways we understand and apply consent.