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Quotes from previous learners

“The program doesn’t just teach you about leadership. It lets you learn how to act, take action and make a difference in the world.” Nikolas Koschany


“I now have a story to share, a call to action to promote, and the concrete skills to turn my organizing aspirations into a reality” Talia Bronstein

"This workshop has been a launching pad in developing my campaign and has provided an on-the-ground toolbox with which I can use immediately.” Talena Jackson-Martineau

"If you feel powerfully about something and do not know where to start making a difference, this is for you!” - Former Participant

Building Skills for Change

Do you want to make change in your community?

We will teach you the best practices from social movements that have made history by organizing their communities with smart strategies by developing deep relationships to do the impossible.


It is regularly offered on a weekend during the Winter, Summer, and Fall semesters.

The Building Skills for Change program is a two-day program to give you the skills to organize your own community.  We will give you tools to:

  • Tell us your story of why action must be taken now
  • Recruit and retain excellent volunteers
  • Structure your team of leaders effectively
  • Design a concrete and effective action plan
  • Choose tactics that move your strategy forward


Building Skills for Change video

Who is teaching?

olivia chow

Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson, supported by a team of experienced organizers and instructors. Read Olivia's bio here.


Where is the Curriculum from?
Our curriculum is based on Marhsall Ganz’s key organizing practices. Professor Marhsall Ganz teaches community organizing at Harvard Kennedy School. He advised President Obama’s organizing efforts in the 2008 U.S. election and developed a curriculum that community organizers now use across the globe. 


How do I apply?

Spaces are limited, and acceptance to the program will be based on a review of the application form.


When is the workshop?

Friday June 10, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday June 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday June 12, 9:45 am – 5:00 pm

Held at Ryerson University (350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canaada M5B2K3)


Contact info

For questions concerning the workshop, please email