How change happens

 

Change takes a community – a neighborhood, town, or block… Change happens because of a group of people, even if there are only a few, who care, who work together, and who are ready to act.

 

We believe that Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter are great for having fun and also good organizing tools. But to really make a difference, you need to connect in person.

 

We believe, also, that our best hope is not in big national or international groups telling us what to do. Frankly, many of them are running out of ideas. We believe that the deep change we need will come from the grassroots, and spread, community to community, town to city and city to town.

 

Vision

 

PeoplesHub doesn’t have a political agenda. We want to be part of creating a society in which all people are valued and all have a place, and one in which the natural world is protected for our children and grandchildren. We believe in a more equitable society, and we recognize that some in our society have been especially harmed by poverty, racism, and violence – especially people of color and women and children. We believe we can all be part of righting wrongs.

 

PeoplesHub will not come into your neighborhood to tell you what to do. If you agree with our basic values – inclusion, equity, care for the natural world, nonviolence — we’re here to support you as you choose your goals.

 

Because we believe you are our best hope for changing the world for the better.

 

History

 

PeoplesHub was founded by Sarah van Gelder, founding editor of YES! Magazine, after she returned from a 12,000-mile solo road trip visiting struggling towns and cities around the United States. That trip showed her the power of grassroots action, and inspired her book, “The Revolution Where You Live.”

 

Sarah identified these barriers to effective change
– A meeting so boring you wanted to tear your hair out…
– Conflict that exhausted everyone …
– Lack of focus and nothing gets done …

 

Skills and tools make a difference. It’s not rocket science, but we’re not born knowing how to deal with conflict or to join up with people who are different than we are.

 

Other barriers include:

– The isolation that cuts us off from the support of our community.
– Lack of confidence, because we believe we aren’t up to the challenge or that others could do it better.

 

Our Intent

 

PeoplesHub is aimed at supporting you to build effective and supportive community groups, to build your skills for making change, and support you in building your confidence, because we really are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

 

PeoplesHub partners with you to solve these problems, by providing:

– Core classes – Learn how to work together effectively, support each other, make decisions, and resolve problems as they come up.

– Curated workshops – we’ll invite in trainers from other organizations to work with you to help you fulfill your particular goals

– Online forum – share your success and learn from groups across the country about their successes.

 

People who succeed in making change in their communities love to share what they know. Each of us has some things we can teach and some things we can learn. Please consider offering your know-how and your successes with other communities. The more we build knowledge and power, the greater our chances of making our world a better place for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. When its live, post your experiences on the online forum or offer to teach a class.

PeoplesHub at a Glance

What do you want to learn?

Have you attended a community meeting that was so boring you wanted to tear your hair out? Or gotten into a conflict that just tired everyone out?

Or maybe you wondered how your group might get focused and get more done.

It takes skills and tools to make a difference. It’s not rocket science, but we’re not born knowing how to deal with conflict or to join up with people who are different than we are.

We recommend you start with PeoplesHub core classes. You’ll learn how to work together effectively, support each other, make decisions, and resolve problems as they come up.

Next you might take workshops that are focused on your particular goals, or get guidance from a mentor (we can set you up). Or use our online forum to get help from other groups like yours across the country (still to come).

We don’t believe we have all the answers. But we know people who are succeeding in making change in their communities who love to share what they know. And we are building a network of trainers and mentors who stand ready to share powerful skills and tools. Some of them are among the most talented trainers in the country.

 

What do you want to teach?

Each of us has some things we can teach and some things we can learn. Please consider offering your know-how and your successes with other communities. Because the more we build knowledge and power, the better our chances of making our world a better place for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren.

 

How do you get started?

Join a group. Or get together a few people who share some of your worries and hopes. Then take a PeoplesHub workshop together.

The workshops will get you up on your feet, interacting, getting to know each other, at the same time as you’re gaining skills and getting clear on your goals.

Your PeoplesHub mentor or trainer doesn’t have to travel to where you live. They could be anywhere – the power of the internet can bring them close by, where they can work with you and your group to help you get skilled up, to solve problems, to get clear on your next steps.

This isn’t a boring webinar, where you sit by yourself listening to an expert talk. You won’t have to read lengthy articles, or do math. This is about hands-on learning, problem solving together, and applying tools and models from other communities to your city or town.

 

What will it cost?

We ask each group to pitch in what they can afford, whether that’s no money at all or several hundred dollars.

We will use the funds you pay to compensate trainers.

We are raising donations and grants to pay for the website, staffing, curriculum, and outreach.

 

What does it take to sign up?

Just request a training. We’ll ask one or two of you to talk with the trainer ahead of time to get prepared. Your trainer will walk you through the technical set up (not much more complicated than an email) and offer tips on getting the room ready for your group.

Trainings could take place in your living room, a church hall, your local library or firehouse, or at a school.

 

Who will teach?

The PeoplesHub trainers and mentors will be people who have worked in their own communities and, many of them, in communities around the country. PeoplesHub will choose only those who are effective, respectful, and engaging to work with.

 

How does change happen? Here’s what PeoplesHub believes:

It takes a community – an urban neighborhood, a town, a block…

Change happens because of a group of people, even if there are only a few, who care, who work together, and who are ready to act.

We believe that Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter are great for having fun and also good organizing tools. But to really make a difference, you need to connect in person.

We believe, also, that our best hope is not in big national or international groups telling us what to do. Frankly, many of them are running out of ideas. We believe that the deep change we need will come from the grassroots, and spread, community to community, town to city and city to town.

PeoplesHub doesn’t have a political agenda. We want to be part of creating a society in which all people matter and all have a place, and one in which the natural world is protected for our children and grandchildren. We believe in a more equitable society, and we recognize that some in our society have been especially harmed by poverty, racism, and violence – especially women and children. We believe we can all be part of righting wrongs.

But PeoplesHub will not come into your neighborhood to tell you want to do. If you agree with our basic values – inclusion, equity, care for the natural world, nonviolence — we’re here to support you as you choose your goals.

Because we believe you are our best hope for changing the world for the better.

 

Who is behind PeoplesHub?

PeoplesHub was founded by Sarah van Gelder, founding editor of YES! Magazine, after she returned from a 12,000-mile solo road trip visiting struggling towns and cities around the United States. That trip showed her the power of grassroots action, and inspired her book, “The Revolution Where You Live.”

The PeoplesHub Advisory Board and contractors are made up of some of the nation’s leading trainers, organizers, and leaders.

All are committed to supporting you in making change where you live.

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Let us love a place because we are creating it. Let us love a world worthy of a child’s eyes.”

– adrienne maree brown

“All politics is local.”

– Rep. Tip O'Neill