“Organize to Win” Seminar with Liz Benneian

Saturday, April 28th, 1:00 pm
Canadian Legion Hall, 53 Elora St S, Harriston MAP

Excerpt from Organizing To Win:
“To successfully mount a campaign, no matter what you are fighting for or against, you must do certain things if you want to be effective.”

  and  “People want to believe that people in positions of power are trying to do what’s best and are making decisions based on the full and accurate information and on what’s best for the community.  That is almost never the case.  If it was, the world would be a very different place.”

We have booked a room at the Canadian Legion Hall in Harriston (same one we use for Regional meetings) booked for Saturday, April 28th at 1:00 pm for the Organizing To Win seminar with Liz Benneian, President of Oakvillegreen Conservation Association.  This is the same well run and very informative.seminar as the one held in Meaford earlier this year.

The seminar itself will take approximately 3 – 3 1/2 hours.  We will take a few minutes break in the middle for you to stretch your legs!

Cost is $10.00 per person.  All are welcome.  Please let Lorrie Gillis know you are coming so she can save a spot for you and send what you need to print off for notes.

25 thoughts on ““Organize to Win” Seminar with Liz Benneian

  1. December 10, 2009

    Well-known Lincoln environmentalist Liz Benneian said she’d like to see Canada be a leader in the battle against global warming, “not a global embarrassment.”

    “We’re quickly losing time here,” said Benneian, who noted scientists are already finding evidence of damaging climate change around the world. “It’s a simple question we have to answer: do we love our children enough to leave them a livable world?”
    Before the Copenhagen conference even began, several world leaders suggested a firm commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be unlikely at the summit.


    p.s. Ugh!

      • No one is getting cozy with anyone. It is a seminar which Lorrie has already taken. You know…Lorrie – who just finished organizing the protest this past week??

      • Yes, and she did a fantastic job!!! But there may be some who don’t first check out the ENGO groups and get taken in.
        And thanks to all who helped to organize and participated in this super event.

  2. Lorrie took this course and was impressed. The course is not about AGW or even about turbines…it’s about organizing effectively.

  3. Fair enough…..however, I would respectfully submit that I have been waiting someone to capitalize on the anti-wind movement. Shockingly, the wind company’s have not set up refuge centers for victims as of yet. That would be admitting fault though and the government hasn’t offered subsidies for fault yet, I correct that to admission of fault. I offer my 25 years experience as a USWA Vice-President and organizer of multiple, major protests ( yuck!…sounds like major minority ) free of charge. Please do not be offended by my comment Lorrie, I respect you and your work.

    • She is not putting this seminar on for the “anti-wind” movement. It is open to anyone. The one that Lorrie attended was also for many different types of activists. She found alot of really good information there.

  4. my first two words were “fair” and “enough”… I do regret using “anti”….my apology.

  5. Volunteer, we’ll start tonight
    Do your part around here
    Just save water, and drink beer

    It ain’t rained in four months
    One cigarette spark’ll burn the whole town up
    That ole well is plum dry
    City put a limit on the water you can buy
    We don’t mind cause round her
    We save water, and drink beer

    Ice cold, genuine, raise ’em up, drip ’em dry
    Holler and swaller ya’ll support your local wildlife
    Do your part around here
    Just save water, and drink beer

    We’re going green, hey look at us
    We’re maybe even doing just a little too much
    Poppin’ tops, gettin’ tans
    And that’s the price we’ll pay
    Til the long drought ends
    We help the world ’round here
    We save water, and drink beer

    Ice cold, genuine, raise ’em up, drip ’em dry
    Holler and swaller y’all support your local wildlife
    Do your part around here
    Just save water, and drink beer

    Drink beer

    Volunteer, we’ll start tonight
    Plant a seed, and tell a friend
    They got to drink a little

    Ice cold, genuine, raise ’em up, drip ’em dry
    Holler and swaller y’all support your local wildlife
    Do your part around here
    Just save water, and drink beer

    Say it loud, say it clear
    Save water, drink beer

    • Saving water as I read… 🙂

      Long week folks…great to see the crowd of people downtown on Tuesday…it was inspiring. Plenty of work still to do and keep up the fight. Lots of city and urban opinion that this wind turbine crap is perfectly fine in all regards. Have to eat that elephant…one bite at a time.

  6. saving some water here as well……
    After I stopped laughing , I thought how the warped, oxy message of the song applies to the mentality of wind proponents. Just a little FYI….there was a bar at the corner….something grill?….the damn sign said free beer tomorrow…..disappointing to be a day early….I slipped in for a quick glass of draft before the bus left….$7.09 for a frickin glass of draft….that’s half a jug here….being a smart ass, I announced to the waitress that I was ready to leave…..she said have a good day….I replied that my bus was leaving and needed the rest of the beer that I bought!…she didn’t think I was funny…..a bunch of the wieners from the convention center were having lunch….all proper and nice, smiles and proud. I started yelling FU.. McGuinty….got to hell out when staff picked up the phone….on the bus and off we merrily went…..

      • Maybe those in the wind and solar business don’t mind paying $7 for a glass of beer.
        Afterall BP can afford L3000 for a bottle of wine to serve to a PM.

  7. Thanks for that compliment! I truly appreciate it. Transgender though, is the only free thing left in Ontario, and I would eat in fancy restaurants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! , going to stop drinking water now…..lol……I really respect the hard work that the good honest folks here do. You are all my heroes!!!!!!!!

  8. Okay, so back to the post re the seminar now….. I went to this seminar before organizing another one. Liz does this without reimbursement with the goal that we don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. Her focus is to take what people have learned from past battles and use the best of it to move forward. The workshop I attended, with a number of other wind warriors who are also battling an incinerator, was very affirming. It is about exactly what is posted, no more, no less. Come and try it. You might be surprised at what you learn. Of course, you might already know everything but I promise it won’t hurt you or anything we are doing to attend. I’m taken aback by comments above quite frankly. I challenge all of you who have already decided not to benefit from this seminar for whatever reason, to come and see for yourself firsthand before passing judgement. We’d love to have you there!

  9. Throughout the struggles each of us has experienced with this IWT boondoggle, I think we have all become experts in double checking everything we are told regardless of the source. Some things didn’t appear to line up, so naturally the points and questions come out. Many people have gained a new skill and they don’t realize it; they have become expert research analysts. That’s a good thing, now and for the future on this or any other life need.

    Many of us have been and are doing things we never otherwise would have. I have certainly bee’d and whined with the best of them throughout the years, but I have never protested…until Tuesday. Imagine what you would have said a few years ago if someone told you that you would be standing on a closed big city street holding a sign and chanting in protest of government actions.

    The basic point is that there is always something to learn. A few years ago my employer asked me to go on a Business Acumen course. I had no idea why and didn’t think it had anything to do with my role. It turned out that I should have taken that course 25 years ago! Sure, this Organize to Win course sounds like it has a specific need that doesn’t fit you. However, you will likely find that there are general benefits to you beyond this cause. I know I am considering it.

    • I agree, Gears.
      Never in my life would I think that I would start protesting at this time in my life. My adult kids are surprised but proud of us, I know. We cannot stop until this struggle is over.

      The skills we are learning through this resistance and will learn at Organize to Win will be transferable to many areas of our life. They are not specific to any one aspect.

  10. It’s always wise to learn — especially if you perceive her to be the enemy…

    I bet some of her course comes from these wise lessons…

    According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside — must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a bad situation. Alinsky would say, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”

    Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a “mass army” that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals.

    Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.

    READ THE RULES — LEARN. It can’t hurt and it might help. Attend the course LEARN.

    From Sun Tzu — the Art of War!

    It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

    Ch. 3, the last sentence.

    Variant translations

    If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
    Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time.

    Learn from the masters — save time.

  11. Sun Tzu: The art of War

    Another way to learn…

    Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

    The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.

    Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

    Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.

  12. I attended Liz Benneian’s Organize to Win Seminar earlier this year and found it very helpful and informative. It is not specific to any one cause. The material and ensuing discussions were most interesting. If you have the opportunity to attend, do so. It will be well worth it.

  13. May I suggest that the chants are re recorded on an ipod or what ever and blasted out during public protests, so as to keep up the noise,sounds like there are more people coming around the corner etc……..how to power it? , Well I think a couple more mobilty chairs( and good on that lady that came along in hers) would have enough power on board,but i am not an expert on sound and power..(

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