The following workshop outline was developed originally for a workshop presented at Shed X 2018, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been later adapted for audiences in Detroit and Toronto. Feel free to share and adapt, while maintaining credit where credit is due ❤
COMMUNITY POWER MAPPING FOR (UN)CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
Created and facilitated by Darian Razdar (firstname.lastname@example.org / darianrazdar.com)
Part 1 (20 minutes) : Opening
- Introduction to the workshop & the space
- Land acknowledgement
- Why are we here? : addressing personal and community stake
- Group agreements & access needs
Part 2 (2 hours) : Mapping in Small Groups
- Cognitive mapping: draw on your collective knowledge to create a map of an area with which your group members are familiar
- Choose a social issue, cause, or struggle (real or imagined) that is relevant to the area you mapped — answer who, what, when, why, and how of the issue/cause/struggle
- Locate the following types of spaces on your map
- Something/somewhere that has value for your community and co-conspirators
- Hegemonic places
- Hegemony = dominance of one group over others. Where is power concentrated? Where are resources hoarded?
- Insurgent places
- Insurgence = act of rising in revolt. Where are the hotbeds of social struggle? What spaces are often used by social movements & community organizers? What places are itching to be transformed
- Breathe. Look at your map. You did *that*. You did THAT. Amazing! Take a sec to be proud of how much we already know about the world around us & how much we know together.
- Targets: Identify symbolic places (among the 3 types of places from earlier) to disrupt, resist, rebel, protest, demand, expose, commune, gather, heal, party, and organize.
- Tactics: Choose a couple targets. What tactics do these targets call for? Think at the intersection of what the space means, its formal qualities, and the cause you’re working toward.
Part 3 (20 minutes) : Wrapping Up
- Are any of the tactics you heard doable today? If so, WOW! Let’s do it. If not, what more information is needed, what more organizing must be done?
- What will you take away from this workshop?