Exploring Class: a Peace News Training of Trainers

IssueAugust - September 2017
Feature by PN

Do you want to strengthen your workshop facilitation skills? Do you want to help social change groups and mission-driven NGOs deal more skilfully with social class and classism in their own organisations, in their members’ lives and in the wider society?

If so, Exploring Class may be for you.

  • This intensive, three-day Training of Trainers draws on several decades of work in the US and will adapt US tools to the UK class system. The residential draws in particular from the experience of Class Action, a US organisation that conducts workshops for schools, NGOs, religious organisations, social change organisations, and grant-making foundations. In these workshops, participants share class life stories, identify organisational classism and make action plans for class inclusion and class/race justice.
  • Peace News believes that rather than telling people what to do, a trainer or facilitator should create designs which empower participants to see for themselves what to do next. Even when it’s necessary to present information, our experience shows it can be done in a way that empowers and connects to the lives of participants.
  • Our lead trainer is Betsy Leondar-Wright, one of the co-founders of Class Action. Betsy, who comes from an upper-middle-class background, is the author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. She has facilitated over 100 class and classism workshops since the 1980s, including three weekend Class Action Trainings of Trainers.
  • To be kept informed about this training, please phone 020 7278 3344 or email: skillingup@peacenews.info
Topics: Class, Training