Creating Change 1/28/2012

Today was the second full day of workshops at Creating Change 2012. The conference so far has been incredible. I have had opportunities to have some really interesting conversations.

I started off this morning in a workshop called “The 90 minute master’s in social change.” This workshop covered social movements, policymaking and policy analysis as a framework to try to adopt when thinking about how we can organize better.

For the second session today I went to “2-4-6-8 Get Ready to Evaluate” which was a workshop about the basics of program evaluation. Since improving the efficacy of activism is something I’m very interested in, I thought it would be interesting to see what they had to say. The workshop provided an overview of the evaluation process and some tips to keep in mind.

The mid-day plenary session had two components. First, we heard from Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration, about efforts that HUD has taken to expand access to housing for LGBT folks. Donovan announced that a new rule is being established ensuring that LGBT folks have such access.

The second part of the plenary was a panel on international LGBT activism. This panel was moderated by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and we heard stories from Malaysia, Uganda, Guyana, and from a representative of the U.S. State Department.

The last workshop I went to today was about the emerging LGBT electorate in 2012 and resources for organizing for the election. These included resources for voter registration, voter education, and get out the vote. We also talked about the ongoing wave of voter suppression efforts and how to keep informed about the status of those campaigns.

I ended my day at the Netroots caucus, where we discussed how to improve the Netroots Nation conference and/or the LGBT pre-conference.

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