The Action Circles Webinar and Academy series are back, and we hope you’ll join us! Action Circles is hosting a series of webinars this August and September, as well as a six-course Academy focused on advocacy and strategic thinking for the legislative process and beyond. 

Hear what Amy Johnson of the Parent Child Center Network, a longtime client of Action Circles, has to say about the Action Circles Model of Organizing!

 Weekly Webinars

Action Circles will be hosting weekly webinars every Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM starting August 4th. Each webinar focuses on a different component of the Action Circles Model of Organizing that Amy Shollenberger has developed over many years. The model can be applied in many different ways, and has been tested in advocacy and political campaigns, fundraising efforts, and marketing plans. Participants will learn how to apply the following principles and methods of the Action Circles Model of Organizing to their own organizing:

Webinar schedule at a glance (all Webinars are Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM):
August 4th – Write Your Happy Ending
August 11th –  NO WEBINAR
August 18th – Candidate Events
August 25th – Action Circles Open Office Hours*
September 1st – Conduct a Power Analysis
September 8th – NO WEBINAR
September 15th – Learn the Basic Legislative Process
September 22nd – Strategic Thinking for the Legislative Process
September 29th – Action Circles Open Office Hours*

*Action Circles Open Office Hours are an opportunity for advocates, activists and anyone else to virtually “stop by” our Office to ask questions, share thoughts, and think strategically about an issue or Campaign at your organization. There is no set agenda or topic for these webinar days, but rather, folks are encouraged to take advantage of this dedicated time for professional consultation.

Visit this page for full descriptions of each webinar. The cost per webinar is $25, and participants can either sign up for single webinars or for the full series. Details and registration are here

Action Circles Academy 

This Academy Series is a professional development opportunity for advocates, activists, and anyone interested in building leadership and support within their organization or for a Campaign. There will be some assignments throughout, but no more than 2 hours’ worth of work between classes for the classes with assignments. The Action Circles Model of Organizing is tested and effective. In addition to learning the ins and outs of our organizing model, this series is a peer-to-peer learning experience where folks are encouraged to share thoughts, ask questions, and share their own experiences to learn from each other. 

Class schedule at a glance:
Class 1 (August 3rd) – Backstories Activity & Action Circles Principles of Organizing 
Class 2 (August 17th) – Write Your Happy Ending & Conduct a Current Story Analysis for your Issue
Class 3 (August 24th) – The Action CIRCLES Model of Organizing
Class 4 (August 31st) – Practice Your Organization’s Invite-Support-Feedback Communications Loop & Conduct a Hopes-Fears-Priorities Analysis
Class 5 (September 14th) – Conduct a Power Analysis & Build a Platform
Class 6 (September 21st) – Plan Fun Events & Engage Key Players in a Campaign 

Location – this class is IN PERSON only:
Action Circles Office
149 State St, Ste 8M, Montpelier, VT 05602

All classes are 4:00 – 6:30 PM on Wednesdays at the Action Circles Office. The Action Circles Academy Series is limited to 8 participants, so be sure to sign up today! 

NOTE: some classes have only one week in between while others have two weeks between. 

Sign up today here