Designing Better Meetings for Base-Building | Training For Change

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Designing Better Meetings for Base-Building


Designing Better Meetings for Base-Building

ONLINE (WAITLIST) - August 1, 2024 - 3-5PM US Eastern Time


Designing Better Meetings for Base-Building

ONLINE - September 16, 2024 - 1-3PM US Eastern Time

Our organizing meetings should activate our members, deepen relationships, and clarify how we win, not leave us feeling drained, unclear, or struggling to recruit new people. This online training is about how to assess your group, set grounded goals, and plan your agenda toward more powerful meetings. It’s designed for base-builders leading regular organizing meetings with members and leaders. 

Length: 2 hours, online



  • Understand common goals for your organizing meeting agendas and reflect on your current agenda planning challenges
  • Use group assessment tools to inform meeting design 
  • Practice assessing your own group’s strengths and weaknesses and designing a meeting agenda grounded in them, with worksheets and template agendas 
  • Learn facilitation tools and practice remixing them for your upcoming meetings


  • Cover general facilitation best practices
  • Learn how to design training curriculum or lead political education
  • Focus on the particulars of online facilitation


We offer the following sliding scale fee options:

$0, full scholarship

Our sliding scale honors different abilities to pay and helps us compensate trainers, coordinators, and accessibility providers fairly. The true cost to attend this workshop is $150. We ask organizations and individuals with large budgets to pay at the higher rates to keep the workshop accessible to all. We acknowledge the different costs and considerations around your attendance, including childcare/caregiving, time away from paid work, and more, and we offer lower fee options to support your attendance. You'll need to pay by credit card when registering online. If you prefer to pay without a credit card, please contact us before registering.


This training is for community, labor, and electoral organizers across sectors and issues. We welcome new and more experienced organizers. Participation in active base-building and membership recruitment in an organization or campaign is helpful, but not required, to attend this workshop. 


This is an interactive online training using the Zoom platform. Come prepared to participate fully, just as you would an in-person training. Please try to connect from a quiet place on a computer with headphones. A computer with a webcam and high-speed internet are recommended to get the most out of the training.

Details for how to connect will be sent prior to the training. The training will include follow-up resources you can use after, including handouts and a recording.


This training will take place online in the Zoom meetings platform. Our trainings offer multiple ways to engage in activities and we do our best to apply best practices in visual accessibility on our slides and handouts including using high contrast and alt text. Closed captioning, sign language interpretation, and advanced copies of the slides are offered if requests are received up to 1 week before the training. 

If there is anything else that would make this training more accessible to you, please email us directly or make a note in your registration form.

For more information, please contact us.