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QUEER & TRANS-INCLUSIVITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS
No one ever starts out perfect or unproblematic, and no one ever reaches the finish line on becoming a more inclusive, intersectional ally. Checking your privilege, being open to experiences and perspectives other than your own, and learning about different identities is a continual process. These workshops help you along as you navigate the various stages of this process and your own personal journey.
These workshops give participants the language and tools they need to promote inclusivity for folks who identify as queer, trans, and non-binary. Our goal in this series is to alert participants to questions, concepts, behaviours, and identities that they don’t even know they don’t know. Workshops are generally 3 hours long, and we lead participants through lexicons for allyship, open discussion, and group exercises. You can book 1 or all 3!
Part 1 of the Queer & Trans-Inclusivity for Entrepreneurs series provides entrepreneurs with the language and tools they need to promote inclusivity for folks who identify as queer, trans, and non-binary. We explore the language of gender, sex, and sexuality and their relationship to concepts such as intersectionality, privilege, and oppression. This workshop prompts participants to ask “what am I not even noticing?” and to think about the ways in which they can promote allyship. We consider what it means to work from an anti-oppressive framework in order to create a more equitable business.
Over the course of 3 hours, the workshop leaders provide participants with a breakdown of important concepts and terminology, and guide participants through a series of explorative questions and group exercises that will help illuminate areas where their allyship could be improved.
Part 2 of the Queer & Trans-Inclusivity for Entrepreneurs series builds on the foundation set in Part 1. In this workshop, participants work together to troubleshoot their way through specific roadblocks they are experiencing. Over the course of 3 hours, we workshop copy and/or images from their website, discuss social media strategies like hashtags, and collaboratively problem-solve so that participants walk away with solutions that they can apply immediately to their own business.
This workshop is perfect for those who have taken Part 1 or who already feel comfortable with the vocabulary of LGBTQ-inclusivity.
In the final part of our Queer and Trans-Inclusivity for Entrepreneurs series, we bring together the skills and knowledge from the first two workshops and develop a deeper understanding of inclusivity that is intersectional. We enhance our understanding of anti-oppression by considering the intersections of sexuality, gender, race, class, ability, and colonialism. We then spend a larger part of the workshop discussing examples of non-inclusive website copy, marketing materials, and business policies and devise best-practice solutions. Participants will leave this workshop with the confidence they need to sustain an inclusive business.
While it is not necessary to have taken Part 1 of this series in order to participate, we do not recommend taking Part 3 unless you've participated in Part 2 of the series.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR COMMUNITIES
Conflict is totally normal and it can be productive and necessary for growth! But conflict can also be destructive, especially when it escalates. This workshop offers a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach to preventing, de-escalating, and resolving conflicts. Participants will learn about conflict styles, non-verbal communication, active listening, non-violent communication strategies, and the role that curiosity can play in resolving conflicts. One of the main goals of this workshop is to arm participants with the skills they need to address conflict without the presence of police, and to assess when/if police presence is necessary. Each workshop includes case studies and activities geared towards the particular needs of your group or organization.
COLLECTIVE CREATION WITH ZINES
Zines (short for magazines) have a long history within feminism and have fostered community building for decades. While zines can be made alone, this workshop walks participants through a short history of zines and shows participants how zine making is a practice of collective creation. Each workshop is centred around a particular question or theme that participants explore together. Past workshop questions have included: "How do I define my feminism?" and "How do we define ourselves in a world that constantly tries to tell us who we are?" Supplies are provided, and include a wide selection of magazines, paper, and other materials.
HOW TO SUPPORT A PAL WHO'S GRIEVING
Despite the fact that death – and, by extension, grief – will happen to us all, we really don’t know what to do when faced with another person’s grief. While public grieving used to be a common practice, now grief is considered a private emotion, best confined to one’s home. If we can’t talk about grief, then we’re probably going to have a hard time knowing how to support those we care about as they mourn the loss of someone they loved.
How can we return to an understanding of grief that is rooted in the community? What might a practice of communal grief look like? How can it serve to support the individual grieving? This workshop draws on my own personal experience of grieving the loss of my father and all of the challenges I faced in the wake of his death. Using an anti-capitalist, anti-oppressive framework I offer some tips on how to support a pal who’s grieving.