How change happens


Some of the most powerful work for change begins where you live.


PeoplesHub is a new nonprofit that offers live, interactive workshops to build community power and make your grassroots work more effective. We believe that real change can only happen when everyday people come together in their communities — especially in the most marginalized areas throughout the country.


PeoplesHub trainers bring their own experience and draw on your local know-how to build the skills your group needs. You’ll learn strategies, acquire tools, and find answers to your questions about how to make change. These interactive trainings are designed to support you in bringing about a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world.


We believe that our best hope is not in big national or international groups telling us what to do. 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 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 communities have been especially harmed by poverty, racism, and violence – particularly people of color, 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.




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 from us.


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.


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


Our Intent


PeoplesHub helps you build skills for making change, and encourages you to step up with confidence, to join with others in creating change. Because we really are the ones we’ve been waiting for.


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


– Dreaming and Scheming: Group Vision, Purpose, and Goals  – Learn from PeoplesHub trainers how to form effective local groups — find your power, make connections, get creative, solve problems as they arise, and support each other in making change where you live.


– PeoplesHub Workshops – We’reinviting trainers from other organizations to work with you and help you fulfill your goals.


– Community Shares (still to come) – Share your successes and learn from groups across the country about their own 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?

We recommend you start with PeoplesHub core trainings. 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.

Make sure to sign up for our e-newsletter, so you’ll get news when we roll out new workshops and trainings.

We don’t believe we have all the answers. But we know people who are succeeding in making change in their communities and who love to share what they know. 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?

We all have things we want to teach and things we want to learn. Please consider offering your know-how and your successes to people in other communities. The more we build knowledge and power, the better our chances of making our world a better place.

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 training or workshop together.

The trainings 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. The workshops will introduce you to special offerings from movement leaders.

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 based on a sliding scale of $200 – $600. If cost is a significant barrier, we ask groups to contact us so we can talk about how to make the trainings happen.

We will use the funds you pay to compensate trainers.

Our donations and grants pay for the website, staffing, curriculum development, 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?

PeoplesHub’s 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.

“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