In addition to leading workshops, Benji Hart facilitates meetings, retreats, and circles for collectives and grassroots organizations. From drafting and editing mission statements to restructuring internal processes, they provide a menu of services to support open communication and present strategies for longterm movement building. Working directly with organizations, they draft agendas and oversee single or multi-day retreats, taking the burden of facilitation off collective members so they can focus more fully on digging into content.
Some of their areas of experience include:
• Organizational development—Presenting a range of activities to aid in discussing, taking inventory of, and trouble shooting organizational stumbling blocks.
• Community building—Exercises from poetry writing to theater games that help collective members get to know each other outside of their political work and build internal trust.
• Drafting and editing mission and vision statements—Tips for clearly naming a collective’s guiding values and goals, and writing them democratically and efficiently.
• Developing structures for group consensus—Supporting organizations in identifying and putting in place structures that allow for group decisions to be made concisely and collectively.
• Planning for accountability—Helping organizations creatively map out processes for community accountability before conflicts arise, both internally and externally.
Sample Agenda / Love & Protect’s Semiannual Retreat / Chicago, 2018
10am Review Agenda + Draft Group Agreements
10:10am Ice Breaker
• Mini Poetry Writing Workshop
10:30am Review and Rewrite Mission Statement
11:10am Revisiting Support Work
• How do we better support incarcerated survivors?
• What is our capacity for supporting survivors on the outside?
• Check-in around status of monthly support campaign
2:10pm Larger Political Vision
• What is our capacity for supporting larger political campaigns?
• How is our “squad” structure currently aiding our work?
3:30pm Reflection + Closing
4pm Clean Up + Head Out
Header image: Sarah Jane Rhee, 2018