Jazz Utopia: The 4th Rhythm Changes Conference
Date: April 14-17, 2016
Location: Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
Jazz has long been a subject for utopian longing and hopes for a better future; it has also been the focus of deeply ingrained cultural fears, visions of suffering and dystopian fantasies. In its urgency and presence jazz is now here. As improvisational and transitory, jazz is nowhere. Utopia is nowhere and now here. Jazz is utopia. Or: jazz is utopian desire. Jazz Utopia seeks to critically explore how the idea of utopia has shaped, and continues to shape, debates about jazz. We welcome papers that address the conference theme from multiple perspectives, including cultural studies, musicology, cultural theory, music analysis, jazz history, media studies, and practice-based research. Within the general theme of Jazz Utopia, we have identified three sub-themes: jazz identities, inside/outside: jazz and its others, and heritage and archiving.
Date: April 28-May1
Location: Oakland, CA
Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations.
With/Out – ¿Borders? ll Conference
Date: October 20-23, 2016
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
This will be a CONFERENCE – [UN]CONFERENCE featuring modules that will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, films and performances designed to prompt us to collectively conjure, theorize, decolonize, and map a future we can all thrive in.
Big Data by The Communications Network
Date: July 15, 2015
Time: 2pm EDT
Narratives shape how we perceive the world and have a profound impact on organizations seeking to to address pressing public issues. Narrative analytics uses millions of data points in traditional and social media to decode people’s underlying narratives, map them at scale, and use them to inform strategy. Participants will learn about techniques for quantifying the impact of a narrative, different kinds of data and what they reveal about a narrative’s volume, “stickiness,” and representativeness, and evaluating foundation communications efforts through narrative monitoring.
Storytelling: Tapping the Power of Narrative
Date: September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 2015
Time: 9am-10am PT
Everyone loves a good story. That’s why stories are so effective for engaging an audience, and inspiring action. However, translating complex issues, goals, and ideas into good stories can be daunting. Add new technologies—PowerPoint, the web—and we often ignore our natural inclinations to tell a compelling story. In this online class, Andy Goodman will explain why storytelling is the single most powerful communication tool you possess, and he will offer specific techniques for using stories to advance your mission.
Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes
Date: September 16 and 17, 2015
Time: 11am-12pm PT
Based on unprecedented research and incorporating the advice of 20 highly regarded public-speaking experts, this two-hour webinar is designed to help presenters at all levels, including seasoned veterans. Course curriculum includes:
- The five most commonly made mistakes in presenting and how to avoid them
- How to structure presentations to help your audience learn more
- How to use PowerPoint more effectively
- Techniques to help you deliver talks with greater confidence
Animating Democracy’s Arts & Civic Engagement
These workshops offer insight and practical approaches to civic engagement for artists and cultural organizations. Funders, local and state arts agencies, and civic organizations can play a strategic role to meet these learning goals by providing practical training that brings together constituents to share experience and knowledge from their work engaging communities.
Arts & Democracy
Arts & Democracy offers cultural organizing workshops and learning exchanges ranging from a one-hour conversation in the midst of a conference, to a weekend long workshop. Workshops are designed with local cosponsors to support ongoing local organizing.
Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS)
CSS is a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change. We offer social justice networks, alliances and organizations the analysis, training and strategic support to change the story on the issues that matter most. We’ve trained over 4,000 organizers and activists since 2002. Through consulting and direct partnerships, we’ve provided strategic support for over 200 social change organizations to win critical campaigns.
The Goodman Center
The Goodman Center was launched in 1998 as a goodman, a one-person company with a singular mission: to help good causes reach more people with more impact. Over time, we became known for our workshops in storytelling, presenting, strategic communications and more.