• Michigan Summit 2013: Making Connections for Change 

    June 8th, 2013 at Michigan State University’s Brody Hall in East Lansing, MI

    Click here to register for the 2013 Michigan Summit.

    Parking:    Park in the Michigan State University Kellogg Center Ramp, located at 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

    The 2013 Michigan Summit conference will be held in Brody Hall, which is located directly across Harrison Road from the Kellogg Center and Parking Ramp.

    Lunch and light refreshments throughout the day are included with your registration.

    8:30 am – 9:30 am Organizational Showcase and Registration

    9:30 am – 10:15 am Morning plenary program and Keynote Address by Leslie Moody, Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families

    10:15 – 10:30 am Break / Organizational Showcase

    10:30 – 11:30 am Breakout sessions

    11:30 – 11:45 am Break / Organizational Showcase

    11:45 – 12:30 pm Lunch upstairs in Brody Square

    12:45 pm – 1:35 pm Keynote Address by Bob King, President of the UAW and the Organizer of the Year Award ceremony

    1:35 – 1:45 pm Break / Organizational Showcase

    1:45 – 2:45 pm Breakout sessions

    2:45 – 3:00 pm Break / Organizational Showcase

    3:00 – 3:55 pm Breakout sessions

    4:00 – 4:15 pm Closing session and door prize give-away.

    This year’s Summit includes nine great breakouts organized into three tracks: 1) Connecting with Democracy, 2) Tools and Skills for Action and 3) Connecting with Each Other.

    I.   Connecting with Democracy Track

    The Crisis of Unequal Representation 

    Gerrymandering of district lines minimizes the role of voters in the political process. By gerrymandering the districts, legislators have used redistricting to choose their voters, before voters have had the opportunity to choose them. This panel discussion will address the impact of partisan redistricting on representative democracy.

    Shining a Light on Dark Money: Connecting Dark Money to the Everyday World

    This session will answer the question, “What is dark money?” and discuss how corporate dark money influences diverse issues such as education, the environment and our very justice system itself and what we can do about this insidious influence in our lives and communities.

    Voter Empowerment, Election Administration Challenges and Solutions Democracy works best when everyone participates.  How can we increase voter enfranchisement and overcome election administration challenges that election administrators face to hold free and fair elections?   Panelists, including county and local election administrators, will discuss common sense solutions and how community organizers can support our democratic process.

    II.   Tools and Skills for Action Track 

    Connecting Your Data with Taking Action

    Data is the backbone for developing a strong, strategic issue campaign.  How do you collect and analyze data in a way to build your reach and make an impact?  Panelists from both large and small non-profit organizations will discuss how data and data collection influences their ability to move supporters and impact the issue landscape and effect real change.

    Collaborative Leadership

    Our greatest strength in our diversity. This session, led by the Center for Progressive Leadership will introduce attendees on how CPL goes about training progressive leaders of tomorrow to identify the benefits and challenges of working with diverse communities with a focus on building collaborations.

    Methods of Change, Organizing for Power

    How do you identify the proper tools and strategies to use to advance your issue? This session, led by the Center for Progressive Leadership, will discuss how CPL trains grassroots leaders to identify effective methods of change and to organize and leverage influence to impact the policy landscape.

    III.  Connecting with Each Other:  The Communication Track

    Connecting with Legislators

    How do you forge a rapport and an effective working relationship with your elected officials?  What are the best methods to make your point?  In this session, a panel of former and current legislators and elected officials discuss the dos and don’ts of building a rapport with your elected representatives.

    The Art of the One on One

    How can we ensure that action and issue campaigns are rooted in the stories of real people, especially those who have traditionally been on the margins of power? The essential building block of organizing is relationship building, and relationships are best built through intentional one-on-one, face-to-face conversations.  A panel from various kinds of organizing backgrounds and experiences discuss the basic building block of organizing – the art of one on one.

    Effective Communications and Messaging with Social Media Tools

    By now, we have all experienced how quickly the written word can travel via digital media. In recent years, usage of digital media has revolutionized the way that activists use the Internet to reach supporters and organize volunteers. Join Progress Michigan’s digital team for a discussion of the impact and limitations that the Internet has in the world of organizing.

    You can check out the 2012 Michigan Summit agenda here.


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