Organizing for Social Change

The Midwest Academy Strategy Chart is considered a gold standard in the field for analyzing power and going from angry to effective.

This five-day training provides concrete skills as well as a framework for thinking about how to do effective progressive organizing. The tools are compatible with a wide variety of organizing models, and provide a framework for critical and constructive thinking about how to achieve the goals of your particular organization, constituency, issue mix, and social and political context.

Strategy, power, self-interest, relationship building – Midwest Academy’s Organizing for Social Change training will give you the baseline skills you need for effective progressive organizing work.  Whether you’re a new organizer or looking to brush up and expand your skills, this training will give you a solid foundation in how to bring people together in campaigns that win.

As an added bonus, you will spend five days in the company of other progressive organizers from across the country, and learn from their experiences as well!

“Strategy, strategy, strategy! I’ve been sitting through it, but not connecting the pieces. We don’t just want to fight fires, we want to be strategic! I feel empowered.”

sample agenda is available. You can also see information on each of the training sites.

2020 Training Schedule (registration live by 10.31.19):
February 3-7: Austin
April 20-24: Chicago
June 22-26: New York
August 10-14: Chicago
November 16-20: LA

For more information contact the Coordinator of Office and Training at 312.427.2304, x303 or

We would like everyone in the movement to come to our great training for free! But income from our training and consulting work is the primary source of revenue for the Midwest Academy. These sessions are not subsidized by foundations. Therefore, we are not able to provide a lot of scholarships, and all scholarships are partial. But if your organization truly needs help to access this training, use this form to tell us about yourself and your organization.
IMPORTANT: our trainings consistently hit capacity and often move to a waitlist. Because of that, we ask that ALL participants commit to the entirety of the training they register for.
If your schedule changes, please reach out immediately to transfer to a future training. We can offer your spot to someone else if we have enough lead time.
If you do not notify us with enough time for an alternate to take your space (typically 2 weeks prior to start) OR you do not show up to the training, we are forced to collect a fee of $250 + site costs (which vary by location).