[act-ma] 1/12 Art of the Schmooze, 1/19 Connecting for Justice + 2012 Preview
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Tue Jan 10 05:53:50 PST 2012
Hey fellow activists and organizers,
We're really excited after our annual SoJust Visioning - STARZ Retreat last
Saturday. Expect amazing events and projects in 2012 and beyond!
*UPCOMING EVENTS - RSVP @ www.sojust.org*
Skillshare: Art of the Schmooze - Thurs, Jan 12 @ 6PM *(full details below)*
Connecting for Justice - Thurs, Jan 19 @ 6PM (our biggest networking event!)
Skillshare: Value-Based Time Management - Mon, Feb 6 @ 6PM
Dating While Progressive - Tues, Feb 14 @ 6PM (Valentine's Day Singles
*Socializing for Justice (SoJust) **is all about building a cross-cultural,
cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston. *We're
doing it by putting the SOCIAL back in SOCIAL JUSTICE. We focus on creating
welcoming spaces that foster relationship-building across issue silos.
*SoJust isn't a non-profit 501(c)(3) and receives no outside
funding.*We're a grassroots, volunteer-run, member-supported,
cross-issue progressive community that's been growing steadily since August
2006. We have almost 2000 members, hosted 110+ events and manage an online
hub of progressive events and resources at www.sojust.org. We also organize
several projects: Progressive Events Calendar<http://www.sojust.org/calendar>,
Progressive Message Board <http://www.sojust.org/boards>,
ProgressiveVoterIndex.com <http://www.progressivevoterindex.com/>, Event
Promo Resources <http://www.bit.ly/BostonCalendars> and Venue Referral
*If you've benefited from this cross-issue progressive network* please
contribute the suggested annual membership fee of $25. You may do this
online <http://www.sojust.org/dues/> or at any of our events. Thank you for
helping us continue to provide a space for like-minded progressives of all
*ART OF THE SCHMOOZE*
Thursday, January 12, 6:00-8:30PM at The NonProfit Center
Get ready for Connecting for Justice on January 19th - SoJust's biggest
networking event of the year! Sharpen your skills so you won't get stuck in
conversations or not know how to approach people. *Join Socializing for
Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the
*RSVP at www.sojust.org (limited seats available)
Fee: *$10-$20 cash at the door (sliding scale)
SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common
values but may work on different issues. We host monthly socials that allow
for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a monthly Skillshare
Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual
capacity for movement building.
6:00-6:30 Socializing - *bring your own dinner*
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A
*SoJust's Co-Founder, Robbie Samuels, who is well known for his schmoozing
skills, is this month's facilitator.*
*Art of the Schmooze*
Forming and cultivating relationships is at the heart of any successful
fundraising campaign, volunteer drive, committee effort or community
building activity. This training will give you the confidence to pursue
your personal goals - from the importance of shaking hands and making eye
contact, to tips on the best opening line and how to exit a conversation
gracefully. An amazing side benefit is that you'll learn how to create a
welcoming community space by keeping an eye out for outliers, considering
yourself a host instead of a guest and knowing how to compliment someone
without "othering" them.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER
*Robbie Samuels* has extensive community organizing, events logistics and
fundraising experience. In 2006 he co-founded Socializing for Justice to
build a cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston
based on the philosophy of abundance. He is the Senior Manager of Events
and Donor Engagement at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), an
adjunct professor at Lesley College teaching “Activism and Change in
Communities”, and a 2011 Fellow at the New Leaders Council Institute. On
the side he offers trainings and consultation to non-profit boards, venture
capitalists and grassroots organizers. In 2011, Boston City Council named
September 16 "Robbie Samuels Day". Learn more about his networking and
fundraising trainings at www.robbiesamuels.com.
The NonProfit Center* is located one block from South Station at 89 South
Street. The Center is physically accessible through the main lobby.
*Socializing for Justice - www.sojust.org*
Since 2006, we've been building this great sandbox where we can bring
progressives of all stripes together and try out new ideas in this
"Movement Moment". Spaces like this are crucial as we start to reframe and
build new visions for our movement(s).
With almost 2000 members and 5 years of creating a diverse cross-issue
community in Boston (110 events!), Socializing for Justice is the best
place to find the great people, organizations and community you're looking
for while putting the SOCIAL back in social justice.
*YES, WE MEAN YOU.* We've got members of all ages, races, genders, sexual
orientations, levels of activism and professions. We hope you see someone
like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have.
*Want to know more about SoJust?* Check out our Frequently Asked
past event photos <http://sojust.meetup.com/1/photos/>!
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