Session Type(s): Training
Training Tag(s): Grassroots Organizing/Campaigns
Starts: Thursday, Jul. 13 2:30 PM (Central)
Ends: Thursday, Jul. 13 3:30 PM (Central)
Room: PDR #2
This training will explore the design and practice of complex simulations, a tool for progressive movement organizations in campaigns and crises. The principle of simulations is simple: participants are asked to play a role within a specific imagined context and under defined rules. This same basic principle applies to kids playing Dungeons & Dragons in the basement or four-star generals playing war games at the Pentagon. In this training, we will play out a simulation of a climate-focused legislative advocacy campaign, and then analyze how design and facilitation choices in simulations can generate useful strategic guidance, deeper relationships among partners and pathways to challenge assumptions.
Gabe Tobias is founder and principal at The Macwil Company. He co-founded Movement School in 2019, served as Senior Advisor at Justice Democrats where he helped elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman to Congress, and ran Our City PAC to elect progressives in the 2021 New York City elections. Gabe began his career as a community/labor organizer with ACORN and a field organizer on the 2008 Obama campaign before working for a decade in international development with roles at Oxfam GB, US State Department/IRI and the Norwegian Refugee Council. A born and bred New Yorker, Gabe is based in Brooklyn.