MVA Leadership Institute

Monday November 7th 2016, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM and Tuesday November 8th 2016, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This two day training is for those who share an interest in strengthening civil society and working together for the common good. Part of the training experience will be working with other community leaders from diverse institutions on the universals of broad based community organizing.

The Institute provides content based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in over 60 years of organizing experience. The topics include:

  • Why organize? – examining the history and traditions of our labour, faith, community and educational organizations.
  • The fundamental organizing skills – individual relational meetings, listening sessions, research, negotiations and action.
  • Strengthening our institutions – systematically engaging people in a culture that is relational, action- oriented and reflective.
  • Problems vs. issues – moving from general problems to concrete, winnable issues. Using relational power in the public arena to negotiate for the common good.


  • Participants from MVA member organizations: FREE 
  • Participants NOT from MVA member organizations: $50.00 for the weekend (to be applied to future membership dues)
  • Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


  • To register online and for further information email [email protected] with your name, organization, & contact details.

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November 07, 2016 at 9am - November 09, 2016
BC Teachers Federation Office
550 W 6th Ave
across from the Olympic Village Skytrain Station
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
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