“It takes just one person to keep saying, ‘hey, we gotta do something!’ and other people will join you.” –Doug Linney
Our youth and staff were joined by environmentalist and veteran organizer Doug Linney for an online leadership seminar that focused on best practices for getting more people civically engaged.
“We’ve researched that civic engagement is something that most people feel is important. As organizers, we have to be persistent in reaching out to them.”
“There’s never just one approach to organizing that works. We’re always asking ourselves how do we do things differently, how do we do things better?”
Doug Linney has served the environmental community of California for over 35 years as an advocate, political strategist, coalition builder, and fundraiser. In 1996, he founded The Next Generation (TNG) in an effort to advance the environmental agenda by offering campaign services and political strategy to nonprofit organizations, environmental coalitions, and progressive candidates. He has run numerous campaigns at the state, regional, and local level and has specialized in water, energy, forestry, and environmental tax reform issues. His environmental service includes past or present membership on the boards of directors for the California League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the River, ecoVenture, Green Capitol, the Planning and Conservation League, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
The Freedom Center continues to turn on a dime, increasing our online classes and sessions during the shelter-in-place order. We are bringing experts from around the world with feet-on-the-ground experience in organizing, civic engagement and public service together with our youth and staff.
This is an excellent time to study the relevance and importance of transforming ourselves to make change in the world.