Welcome to Iambrown.org. My name is Autumn Brown. In these pages you will find information on the workshops I teach, the services I can provide, the projects I care about, and the resources I can offer. I hope that there is something useful for you here. Be sure to sign up for my (very low-traffic) newsletter to receive updates about upcoming workshops and events, and opportunities to build and participate in revolutionary work in the worlds of activism, media and art.

June News - Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance

 Hello Good People!


The Allied Media Conference 2011 is only 12 days away, and we are still trying to raise money to cover scholarships for some of our amazing health care practitioners and presenters. These folks are coming from all over the country - from reservations in the Southwest and from farms in New York State, from mid-sized cities in Pennsylvania, and from major urban centers in California.

Please consider supporting their ability to come by donating $50 as a part of our Medicine is Media! fundraiser. In return you receive a gorgeous hand-made herbal gift pack, but there are only 9 herbal packs left, so DONATE NOW: http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/news/2011/05/05/medicine-media-make-donation-support-amc2011-healing-justice-track

You can also check out the lineup of workshops and panels that will be a part of the Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance track (coordinated by yours truly!), as well as the official program for the other 18 learning tracks that will take place at the conference, at the final program-browsing page on the website: http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/program/browse 

In this edition of Iambrown:
  • Celebration of the Word - Brooklyn, NY
  • Happy Hour Hangout & Re:Imagining Change Reading - Minneapolis, MN
  • Brown Sisters on the Radio!
  • Two Training for Social Action Trainers coming up! - Birmingham and Philadelphia
  • Access Intimacy
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Celebration of the Word - Brooklyn

Eleven storytellers, novelists, poets & spoken word artists from seven countries in an evening of letters, lyrics and ol' talk.

Where:
St. Francis College
182 Remsen Street
(between Clinton & Court Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

When:
Sunday June 12, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
 
Featuring:
Robert Antoni  (Bahamas)
Cheryl Boyce Taylor  (Trinidad & Tobago)
Merle Collins (Grenada)
Jacinth Henry-Martin  (St. Kitts-Nevis)
Marlon James  (Jamaica)
Anton Nimblett  (Trinidad & Tobago)
Elizabeth Nunez  (Trinidad & Tobago)
Ras Oosagefo  (Jamaica)
Yolaine St. Fort  (Haiti)
Everton Sylvester  (Jamaica)
Tiphanie Yanique  (Virgin Islands)

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Happy Hour Hangout & Re:Imagining Change Reading - Minneapolis
~ a fundraiser with Doyle Canning, smartMeme Co-Director 

Wednesday, June 15th from 5-7pm
Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Whether you live in Minneapolis or are in town for the Netroots Conference, please join us June 15th at Common Roots for a happy hour book reading from Re:Imagining Change!

The book Re:Imagining Change -- How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements and Change the World is an interactive and accessible resource guide to smartMeme’s story-based strategy tools and methodology. The book outlines how to apply narrative power analysis to effectively frame issues and offers plenty of juicy case
studies and analysis including a call for our movements to innovate our storytelling techniques in the face of the looming ecological crisis.

Join co-author and smartMeme co-director Doyle Canning and local smartMeme friends to celebrate and support smartMeme's work and connect about strategies for social change. Common Roots serves delicious local, organic food as well as beer and wine. 

We hope to see you there! 

Sincerely,

Scott Elkins, Madeline Gardner, Erick Boustead, Isaac Martin, Ashley Satorius, Autumn Brown & Maryrose Dolezal 

P.S. You can learn more about smartMeme and order copies of the book at smartmeme.org/books.
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Brown Sisters on the Radio!

My amazing sister Adrienne Maree Brown was interviewed by Cornell West and Tavis Smiley! 

http://smileyandwest.ning.com/forum/topics/the-conversation-adrienne?xg_source=facebookshare

 

And, a few weeks ago I was interviewed on the NY-based radio show Roots, Runners, Rhizomes! Hear the full interview: 
 
 
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Two Training for Social Action Trainers coming up!

 

August 12-14, 2011
Birmingham, MI
To register for the MI TSAT, contact Dan Buttry at dbuttry@comcast.net

September 9-11, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
To register for the Philadelphia TSAT, click here

Join us for an intensive training designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists -- anyone wanting to take their skills to a new level and learn how training can be used more effectively.

AS A PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL...

Gain greater awareness about yourself and your strengths as a facilitator;
Get a chance to take risks, experiment and refine skills in a safe and supportive environment;
Get the stimulation of fresh approaches and increased options;
Receive personal guidance from experienced trainers in a small group setting ;
Learn new tools that are easily adapted, principles of workshop design, skills for working with diversity and a better understanding of how to use experiential education methods effectively.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?
Experienced and less-experienced facilitators, consultants and trainers...Activists and organizers wanting to use training more effectively in their work... Teachers, community leaders, pastors, consultants and others who want more experiential tools.

The TSAT is a great way to learn the core approach to Training for Change's elicitive style of activist training, or if you are considering bringing TFC trainers to work more closely with your organization. Anyone who takes the TSAT is then qualified to be a participant at TFC’s Advanced Training of Trainers, an extended 5-day intensive the delves more thoroughly into group dynamics, conflict in groups, and working cross-culturally.

GOALS

To enhance workshop facilitation and design skills
To increase the training tools you can use effectively
To gain greater awareness of yourself as facilitator
To meet and receive support from other trainers and learn about new developments in the field

WORKSHOP FORMAT
The workshop begins with dinner and registration at 6 p.m. Friday and runs until 6 p.m. Sunday. On Friday and Saturday evenings the workshop will include an evening session after dinner, the session typically ends between 9:00-10:00 pm.

The workshop is designed as an experiential package with each session building on the previous session. We want to create the best learning environment possible for participants to absorb the combined learning of each session and therefore WE DO NOT ALLOW PARTIAL ATTENDANCE, you must commit to taking the entire workshop.

FEE
If taken separately, this workshop costs $150 US-$375 US, sliding scale based on income. The fee includes over 23 hours of training, meals during workshop hours, and simple lodging for people who request it. To determine your fee, use the chart below. 

If your income is...You pay...
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under $15,000, $150
$15,001-$25,000, $180
$25,001-$35,000, $210
$35,001-$45,000$, 250
$45,001-$55,000$, 300
over $55,000, $375

STAFF RATES
Are you being sent to the training by your employer? If so, don't use your income to determine the fee -- use the annual budget of the organization.

REGISTER OR QUESTIONS
To register or get more information about the fee or the workshop, please contact the organizer, Ken Preston atken@globalexchange.org.
 
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Access Intimacy
 
Please read this incredible blog about accessibility as a form of intimacy. It is inspiring and thought-provoking.
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