by Eva Malis
Already stoked for Fall 2014 Convergence? Here’s another reason to be: Gopal Dayaneni will be one of our keynote speakers!
November 14-16th at UC Davis, we will be gathering under the theme of Act Collectively, Transition Together: Systems for Justice, and Gopal’s experience fits perfectly within this domain.
Dayaneni has a history of involvement with a variety of issues concerning justice within social, environmental, economic, and racial fields. He is currently part of the staff collective of Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Project, which focuses on transforming and restoring land, labor, and culture into resilient local communities through empowerment of low-income communities.
Movement Generation utilizes progressive approaches to campaign and movement building to actualize change. One strategy that they embody is Resilience Based Organizing, which encourages people to work together in ways that stray from the existing structures of power. Instead, RBO confronts unjust policies at the level of the people whom it directly affects. Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Project works with over 150 other organizations and hosts Justice and Ecology Retreats, Workshops and Strategy Sessions, and Earth Skills Training program to engage movement leaders advocating for change.
Gopal is also involved with The Ruckus Society, which provides tools and support for environmental or social justice organizers to achieve their goals. He is on the board for the Center for Story-Based Strategy, which uses the power of storytelling to strategically implement change. He is working with or has worked in the past with the International Accountability Project, The Working World and Catalyst Project, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Project Underground, Progressive Communicators Network, and Tenderloin Childcare Center.
Come out to CSSC’s Fall 2014 Convergence to learn what Gopal has to say. From such a diverse background in progressive and strategic organizing, we can look forward to the ideas he has to share.
Want to learn more? http://movementgeneration.org/
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