Conference on Creative Organizing (CCO)
The Conference on Creative Organizing Program is a leadership-training program for union staff, organizers, activists, and rank-and-filers. Participants learn how to think outside the box and approach organizing challenges creatively from a different point of view. They will also develop new skills including how to involve others in songs, chants, skits, game shows, costume, theater, and other creative strategies. Learn to use cultural tools to combat fear, get members involved, attract media attention, integrate contemporary or “pop” culture into organizing strategies, and inject “excitement” into union and political campaigns.
Previous CCO participants said:
“The Conference on Creative Organizing has given us a whole new range of tools and strategies.”
“Union members … hunger for the kinds of edifying experience [the conference] offers. Songs that tell the stories of workers, martyrs, labor struggles, history, and offer hope, motivation and solidarity are like summer rain on a parched desert. Art depicting the evils of discrimination, privatization, and worker safety sacrificed to corporate greed are so welcome. It is commonplace at AFL-CIO headquarters, but it does not exist where my associates live and work. They need to know that their struggles are universal, and timeless.”
“It’s a wonderful experience. We learned some comprehensive hands-on tactics to use in our specific organizing situation that we could fine-tune to any drive.”
“Any activist attending this conference will come back with countless creative ideas for their campaigns.”
“We will be back.”
Learn to use cultural tools to combat fear and inject “excitement”
into union and political campaigns.
The John L. Handcox Scholarship Fund encourages the promotion of a movement that is multi-ethnic, multi racial, and provides for a diversity of activities by providing opportunities for organizers, artists, and activists of color to participate in the labor movement via The Great Labor Arts Exchange and the Conference on Creative Organizing.
*Donations to the John Handcox Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.
This scholarship is open to everyone; the only requirement is that applicants must be under 30 years of age at the time of the festival. Recipients will receive between $250 and $500, based mostly upon travel requirements. Recipients who reside within 50 miles of the festival location will receive sufficient funds to cover registration, transportation and meals for the Great Labor Arts Exchange.
LHF is a 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax deductible
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