PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Beautiful Solutions:

Toolbox for Liberation

Seeds of solutions to humanity’s intersecting crises of climate, economy and democracy are all around us. If they are nurtured and spread, they will form the foundation of a more democratic, just, and sustainable system. Using tools from Beautiful Solutions and from the Highlander Center’s “Mapping Our Futures” curriculum, we will explore what we know about the systems of economy and governance where we live, learn how people are building local solidarity economies and participatory governance, and expand our imagination about what is possible in order to build our own thriving communities. Every segment of the training is interactive, using popular education methodologies.

Trainers: Rachel Plattus, co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, and Elandria Williams, co-editor of Beautiful Solutions and Director of Training at PeoplesHub

Training Length and Type:

120 minutes — Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered:

Wednesday, December 5 at 4pm PT / 6pm CT / 7pm ET

This training is ideal for:

Anyone who is interested in learning about solidarity economies and participatory governance, and developing tools for taking action in their own communities.

Training Outcomes

You’ll come away with:

  • A deepened analysis of your community and a sense of what potential solutions might look like and require of you
  • An understanding of systems of economy and governance, and of how we got here
  • Stories and solutions to apply where you live and around the world
  • Tools to grow and deepen relationships within and among communities

What do you do to prepare?

Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to speak and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, and headphones.


CostPeoplesHub is committed to making trainings accessible, regardless of ability to pay. Our Workshop Trainers are some of the most experienced trainers and organizers who, like you, are working hard for change in their communities. In order to offer trainers fair compensation, the real cost of a PH workshop is $40/person. Please pay what you can afford. Our goal is to ensure our trainings are accessible and to allow folks to “pay it forward.” Thanks for your support! We look forward to learning with you.

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Rachel Plattus (right)

Rachel Plattus was born and raised in New Haven, CT, and has been living in the Boston area since 2010. She is Co-Creator of Beautiful Solutions, a storytelling and popular education project that supports people to imagine and create community-controlled solutions to the problems they face. Rachel also works with a national network of women religious and millennials through Nuns and Nones, and with Jewish organizers and spiritual leaders through JOIN for Justice and Taproot. She is a graphic artist and a street medic. She likes to explore how to make meaning and support healing on big paper, in the dance studio, in the kitchen, in wild places, and in spaces that bring us into conversation, connection, and collective action with one another. She loves words, and the ways that we can connect without them. She loves to move and make noise, and also the magic that comes from stillness and silence.


Elandria Williams (left)

Elandria is the Director of Training at PeoplesHub. She also provides development support to cooperatives, mostly in the Southern United States, and is a co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, a project that is gathering some of the most promising and contagious stories, solutions, strategies and big questions for building a more just, democratic, and resilient world. Beautiful Solutions has a web platform, trainings and a book soon to be released. For the last eleven years Elandria worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center, first as the youth / intergenerational programs director and then helping co-coordinate Economics and Governance programs such as the Mapping Our Futures Curriculum and the Southern Grassroots Economies Project. Elandria also serves on the boards of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund (SRLF), US Solidarity Economy Network, Appalachian Studies Association and the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, and is one of the Co-Moderators or Chief Governance Officers of the Unitarian Universalist Association.