RootSkills Training Series 2017: Building Resilient Communities

The Grassroots Fund RootSkills Training Series is a series of monthly webinars, in-person trainings, and an annual conference designed by and for grassroots community organizers. These trainings provide skills-building and networking opportunities to community organizers in New England (& beyond!).

The theme for the 2017 RootSkills Training Series is "Building Resilient Communities", through Spirit in Action's Theory of Transformation to collectively transform the world by working with communities to Reimagine culture, Resist domination, Reform institutions and Recreate society. Every 2nd & 3rd Tuesday of the month, the Grassroots Fund staff and speakers will present a webinar relating to an R. All in-person trainings will have workshop tracks divided by the Four R's. 

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Webinars

Navigating the Legal Challenges Faced by Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs

When: 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

Where:

This is a webinar

Cost:

FREE

Like many other small businesses, farmers and food entrepreneurs face numerous challenges in their day-to-day operations, and often cannot afford legal representation when important legal issues arise. The Conservation Law Foundation started the first-in-the-nation Legal Food Hub to provide free legal services to income-eligible farmers and food entrepreneurs facing legal issues in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This presentation will explain how the Legal Food Hub works, describe the legal issues it seeks to solve and provide real-life success stories of how it has helped famers and food entrepreneurs navigate their legal challenges.

Webinars

Integrated Energy Systems: Creating Co-Benefits with Our Energy Work

When: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Where:

This is a webinar

Cost:

FREE

With numerous environmental challenges facing our communities, it can be hard to know which issue to address first. But by identifying integrated, holistic solutions we can find ways to address multiple challenges at the same time. Join us on September 19th to learn about the creative projects that communities are developing that not only provide clean energy, but also create additional environmental and social benefits for agriculture, clean water, health and even pollinators!

Networking & Training Retreats

RootSkills Conference (Manchester, NH)

When: 

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Where:

Cost:

$80 early-bird registration, $20 student tickets (After 10/1: $160 registration, $40 student tickets)

Join fellow community organizers, nonprofit leaders, Grassroots Fund grantees, and passionate students on November 30 - December 2 at Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH for the annual RootSkills Conference, as part of the Grassroots Fund's 2017 RootSkills Training Series. This year's series theme is "Building Resilient Communities". We welcome you to learn, share, & work together to develop actionable, holistic strategies that create more inclusive communities & programs. At this event, we’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU!