Date and time: April 5, 2018 3:30-4:30 pm

Presenter: Joe Higgs

Do you want to work with others for a sustainable environment? Do you wonder how to identify and develop new leaders for your group or sustainability organization? Do you know what it takes to change laws and policies at the local, state and national level?

Community organizing offers time-tested disciplines and practices which can help you develop the power to act together on issues you care about. Organizing is rooted in developing working relationships with a wide variety of people and groups so that you have a stronger voice together than each of you has separately. In this workshop you will learn about the Cycle of Organizing, The Iron Rule of Organizing, and ways that Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) and other local groups are organizing to shape sustainable energy policy.

Biography: Joe Higgs is the Executive Director of Institute for Public Leadership  and organizer for Omaha Together One Community (OTOC). Joe has worked as an organizer for nearly 30 years in Texas and more recently in Nebraska with several different coalitions of congregations and community organizations. Joe worked with OTOC and Sierra Club leaders as they pushed the OPPD Board to adopt a long-term plan to increase energy from sustainable sources. Rep. Don Bacon joined the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus at the request of OTOC which is educating legislators about promising strategies like Carbon Fee and Dividend to address climate change. Locally, OTOC leaders are working to shape the City of Omaha 10-year garbage contract to minimize the impact that it will have on our environment.

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