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Making Better Meetings: Facilitation and Decision-Making with Nico Amador

  • The Unitarian Church of Montpelier 130 Main Street Montpelier, VT, 05602 United States (map)

Meetings, planning sessions and decision-making processes are some of the least glamorous aspects of campaigns and movement-building, but doing them well is an important and necessary part of getting to our goals.  In this workshop we'll explore skills and tools for some of the most common types of facilitation that organizers do, and how to use these opportunities to build trust, support participation and leadership among different members of your team, work through challenges and reach consensus in a way that allows your group to move forward together.  


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about nico amador

Nico has over ten years’ experience as a community organizer, trainer, educator, and coach for other activists. His prior work includes grassroots efforts to reprioritize spending for education over prisons, win a living wage, support urban farming, and defend the rights of conscientious objectors, among others. In Philadelphia, Nico helped direct a successful grassroots campaign to end a public transportation system policy that discriminated against transgender passengers, and was a part of taking on the casino industry in a community-led campaign to keep predatory gambling out of residential areas.  From 2008-2015 he served as Co-Director of Training for Change, where he led over 300 trainings and trained over 7000 people in skills for movement-building and social change.  Nico is currently working for the ACLU of Vermont as a community organizer.