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Current schedule:

Monday, January 21, 2019 – Strategic Thinking for the Legislative Process
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Knowing the legislative process and the rules of the game will help you build a successful legislative strategy. In this webinar we’ll go over some key points to consider when making your plan to move an issue through the legislature. We will offer a structure for you to build your strategy upon, which will include the legislative steps necessary to take you from beginning to success for your issue.

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Monday, January 28, 2019 – Vermont Budget Process
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Understanding the budget process is key to attaining or defending State funding through the Legislature, and to getting legislation passed that requires funding. In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn fun facts about Vermont’s budget process
  • Learn what the process is and when and how you can get involved to advocate for your funding
  • Understand why we recommend you “do all the things”
  • Find out how the decisions are made and who makes them
  • Find out how to get information about the budget
  • Get some tips for talking with legislators about your platform and request
Email address of attendee:

Monday, February 11, 2019 – Let’s Meet Again
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
This workshop is for anyone who wants to have better meetings. After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define goals and objectives for every meeting
  • Develop an agenda that is satisfying and productive
  • Set up a meeting for maximum effectiveness
  • Get all meeting attendees to participate
  • Identify clear commitments made in the meeting
  • End the meeting clearly, with next steps and commitments
Email address of attendee:

Monday, February 25, 2019 – Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About the Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations and Health Care Reform but were afraid to ask!
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Twenty cents of every dollar we spend in Vermont goes to health care, and the costs continue to rise at an astounding rate. Action Circles will provide a high level overview of what the state of Vermont has done to try and provide affordable health care to all Vermonters, how we regulate health care now, and answer questions about the alphabet soup that is our health care system. This primer will be a good opportunity to learn the basics of health care in Vermont, or to refresh your memory on the many twists and turns that got us where we are today.

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Monday, March 4, 2019 – Invite, Support, Feedback
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Learn how to issue calls to action and other communications with your members and activists in a way that will keep them interested and involved.

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Monday, March 18, 2019 – Change the Story
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
An overview of our Current Story Analysis process, the first step toward setting goals and developing strategy and messaging. You might know what you want the story to be, but do you really know what the current story is? Deep media analysis and reflection can give you the means to create an effective map to move from the current story to the ending you desire.

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Monday, March 25, 2019 – Find Your Flock with Fun Events
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Fun Events are the first step in the Action Circles Model of Organizing. Fun Events are FUN and will help you find people who are interested in your issue and plug them into your campaign. Although these events require a fair amount of up front work, they pay off in a solid group of people who want to be involved in your work. This workshop is best for people who are responsible for organizing people for a specific cause or group. After this workshop, participants will know:

  • The key elements of an organizing event
  • How to create a workplan to get everything done on time
  • How to get people to come to the event
  • How to get people to sign up while at the event
  • How to design the event so people want to come back for another
  • How to get help to get it all done
Email address of attendee:


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Webinars we offer:

Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About the Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations and Health Care Reform but were afraid to ask!

Twenty cents of every dollar we spend in Vermont goes to health care, and the costs continue to rise at an astounding rate. Action Circles will provide a high level overview of what the state of Vermont has done to try and provide affordable health care to all Vermonters, how we regulate health care now, and answer questions about the alphabet soup that is our health care system. This primer will be a good opportunity to learn the basics of health care in Vermont, or to refresh your memory on the many twists and turns that got us where we are today.

Vermont Budget Process

Understanding the budget process is key to attaining or defending State funding through the Legislature, and to getting legislation passed that requires funding. In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn fun facts about Vermont’s budget process
  • Learn what the process is and when and how you can get involved to advocate for your funding
  • Understand why we recommend you “do all the things”
  • Find out how the decisions are made and who makes them
  • Find out how to get information about the budget
  • Get some tips for talking with legislators about your platform and request

Strategic Thinking for the Legislative Process

Knowing the legislative process and the rules of the game will help you build a successful legislative strategy. In this webinar we’ll go over some key points to consider when making your plan to move an issue through the legislature. We will offer a structure for you to build your strategy upon, which will include the legislative steps necessary to take you from beginning to success for your issue.

Let’s Meet Again

This workshop is for anyone who wants to have better meetings. After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define goals and objectives for every meeting
  • Develop an agenda that is satisfying and productive
  • Set up a meeting for maximum effectiveness
  • Get all meeting attendees to participate
  • Identify clear commitments made in the meeting
  • End the meeting clearly, with next steps and commitments

Invite, Support, Feedback

Learn how to issue calls to action and other communications with your members and activists in a way that will keep them interested and involved.

Find Your Flock with Fun Events

Fun Events are the first step in the Action Circles Model of Organizing. Fun Events are FUN and will help you find people who are interested in your issue and plug them into your campaign. Although these events require a fair amount of up front work, they pay off in a solid group of people who want to be involved in your work. This workshop is best for people who are responsible for organizing people for a specific cause or group. After this workshop, participants will know:

  • The key elements of an organizing event
  • How to create a workplan to get everything done on time
  • How to get people to come to the event
  • How to get people to sign up while at the event
  • How to design the event so people want to come back for another
  • How to get help to get it all done

Getting Ready for Candidate or Legislator Meetings and Events

One-on-one meetings and public events for candidates are great opportunities to highlight your organization and your issues. For these meetings and events to be effective, they should have some value for the candidates as well as for you. Remember, candidates are always struggling to find ways to talk to voters, distinguish themselves from other candidates, and get press coverage. If you can offer these things, candidates will appreciate the opportunity, even if they don’t agree with you on your issue. Because politics is all about relationships, building a base of goodwill with the candidates can help you in the long run. This webinar will help you have an effective event or meeting.

Change the Story

An overview of our Current Story Analysis process, the first step toward setting goals and developing strategy and messaging. You might know what you want the story to be, but do you really know what the current story is? Deep media analysis and reflection can give you the means to create an effective map to move from the current story to the ending you desire.