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Allied Media Conference (19th Annual)
Date: June 15-18, 2017
Location: Detroit, MI
Join us for the 19th annual Allied Media Conference:June 15-18, 2017. Held every summer in Detroit, the conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists. We define “media” as anything you use to communicate with the world. You are a media-maker!
We define media-based organizing as any collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the roots of problems and advances holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world.
The Allied Media Conference is a collaboratively designed event. Conference content is curated with care every year by 100+ volunteer coordinators of tracks, practice spaces, and network gatherings. The conference features over 300 hands-on workshops, panels, film screenings, Detroit tours, art and music events, strategy sessions, karaoke, bowling, collaborative art and more!

The Justice Conference
Date: June 9-10, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Globally the threats of terrorism, violence, and environmental challenges continue to shadow our world. Locally, cultural divisions are being exploited for political advantage, whilst poverty and systemic injustice continue to lead to widening equity gaps within our society.
We live in complex and challenging times, but Jesus’ message – Love thy neighbor, is still our greatest call to Worship and Justice.

The Institute for Transforming Social Justice
June 5-30, 2017
Amherst, MA
The Institute for Transforming Social Justice is a 4-week intensive summer program designed for students, activists, and practitioners who have a passion for creating social change. Led by four Hampshire College faculty members, with talks by community activists, the program will teach strategies for social change, how to conduct community-based research and practices, policy analysis, and participatory action. Each week we’ll approach the work from a particular site of oppression and resistance: mass incarceration and the carceral state; gender and sexuality; reproductive justice; youth culture; and arts and activism.


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.