Schedule & Workshops

Opening Panel: Communicating Hope, Visioning Justice

In the era of increasing disparities and the specter of another economic recession, how can social justice advocates and communicators effectively communicate hope and optimism in the face of these challenges?  How can we echo the theme from the last U. S. Social Forum,  “Another World is Possible and Another U.S. is Necessary”?

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen an inspiring uprising of community voices, often amongst the young, using creative communications techniques to protest existing entrenched policies and their supporting systemic structures, from the Arab Spring protests to the Occupy Wall Street and Take back the City campaigns.

The opening panel will help lead a discussion of these and recent successes in communicating hope and visioning justice.  Throughout the conference, we’ll have opportunities to explore case studies, best practices, future challenges, and effective ways for communicating and sustaining our hope, vision, and movement for social justice into the future.

Linda Stout, Executive Director, Spirit in Action
Nadeem Mazen, Occupy Boston
Doyle Canning, Co-Director, Smartmeme (moderator)

 Morning Sessions from 11:15am to 1:00pm  – You will have to choose one

Workshop 1:  Media Advocacy 101:  Launching a Media Campaign (Intro / Beginner Level)

Presenter:  Tom Louie, PCN-Boston/New England

Workshop 2: New Tools for Communicating Hope (Intro / Beginner Level) 

Presenter:  Monique Nguyen Belizario

Workshop 3:  Media Literacy: How it can work for you? (All Levels) 

Cara Lisa Berg Powers
Wesley Richardson

Afternoon Sessions from 2:45pm to 4:30pm – You will have to choose one

Workshop 4: Framing for Change (Beginner to Intermediate Levels) 

Tom Louie, PCN-Boston/New England
Josh Golin, Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood
Shannon Moriarty, United for a Fair Economy
Maz Ali, United for a Fair Economy

Workshop 5: #OccupyMedia (Intermediate Level) 

Nadeem Mazen, Occupy Boston
Suren Moodliar, Mass. Global Action
Bethany Ramirez, Third Sector New England

Workshop 6: Creative Action for Moving Your Message  (All Levels)  CANCELLED – Please choose one of the other 2 workshops.

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