Register for Fall Learning Community Events

We are excited to announce several opportunities for learning and skill building through Communities of Opportunity.

We are highlighting five learning opportunities:

  • Logic Models- What they are and how they can help

  • Workshop with national leaders from the People's Economy Lab on building economic strategies for communities through capital and finance and land and commercial development.

  • Training on leadership development and skill building for current COO partners

  • Training on frameworks for community collaboration

  • Data analysis skill building

Read more about each of the opportunities below. We look forward to learning together!

About Learning Community Workshops: These workshops and trainings are supported by the Communities of Opportunity Learning Community. Communities of Opportunity is an initiative that was catalyzed in 2014 by King County and the Seattle Foundation uniting with each other and with communities to address inequity; promote leadership; influence changes to institutions, systems, and policies; and seat the base of power within communities.

The Learning Community creates spaces for communities and organizations to share their work and gain additional skills across sectors and geographic areas to advance impact across the region. Visit to learn more.

Training: Logic Models: What They Are and How They Can Help

Summary: Perfect for those looking to describe a strategy or program and/or how to evaluate its implementation and success.
Description: Target audience is program or other staff who want to describe a strategy or program and/or conduct an evaluation. We will discuss what a theory of change and logic models are, how they can be useful, what is a good logic model, and how to develop your own logic model. Please feel free to bring descriptions of the work you would like to describe with a logic model; this can include goals and objectives, activities, and anticipated outcomes. We will follow our discussion with some practice.

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Beacon Hill Branch Library, 2821 Beacon Ave S, Seattle
Cost: Free
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Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: White Center Library, 1409 SW 107th St, Seattle
Cost: Free
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Workshop: Building the Ecosystem for a People’s Economy: A Learning & Strategy Session for Community Leaders
Summary: Speaker and Facilitator: Aaron Tanaka
As a leader working for a just and regenerative economy, you are invited to join this workshop to learn and strategize how we can support each other in the shared work to map and build out the local ecosystem for a better economic system.
Description: Learn about the Boston Ujima Project and get inspired by work happening nationally from founder and New Economy Coalition Chair Aaron Tanka, one of the nation’s foremost thinkers and activists putting the ideas into practice.
Join community leaders based in grassroots organizations, foundations, government, think tanks, and community business for a cross-issue dialogue on what we can do here in our region to build an economic ecosystem that serves communities on issues like business and work, capital and finance, land and commercial space, the role of the public sector, anchor institutions, and more.
This opportunity for learning and dialogue in space that will center frontline experience and grassroots leadership:

  • Learn collaboratively with local leaders across sectors and issues

  • Join a community exploring how to make transformational change that centers equity and environment

Gain tools for understanding and acting on the deep causes of economic and environmental injustice

Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Cost: Free
Sign Up: Please email Kalayaan Domingo
Afternoon Lunch Provided

Lecture: Creating Just, Regenerative, and Democratic Economies;
Community Lead Solutions for Economic and Climate Justice

Summary: Speaker Aaron Tanaka
Our economy contains abundance: prosperity, innovation, resources, creative activity. It could and should be managed equitably to support the well-being of all people and sustain the health of our climate and ecosystem. Why isn’t it? It is becoming more and more evident that our efforts to do good are being overwhelmed by an economic system working at cross purpose with our values. So while we are winning some battles, we are losing our communities. We need higher leverage approaches and we must move what’s politically possible to meet the unmovable needs of people and planet.

Please join us at this unique opportunity to hear from Aaron Tanaka, one of the nation’s foremost thinkers and activists putting the ideas into practice, from the Center for Economic Democracy and visionary behind the Boston Ujima Project to learn about what communities are doing right now to change the equation on who and what counts in our economy. Aaron will be joined by a panel of local leaders actively creating this economy in Seattle, through community land trusts; worker, women, and people of color owned businesses; and shifting major institution’s resources and money toward community control.

This event is being organized by the People’s Economy Lab, network of leaders and advancing projects that meet local needs by putting people and places first and the Rethinking Prosperity Funders Collaborative, a learning community on economic systems change for social justice and sustainability in support of the New Economy Washington Project.

Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 5:30- 7:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00)
Location: Seattle Public Library, Central Library Auditorium
Cost: Free (RSVP Required)
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Training: Tools and Strategies to Strengthen Relational Leadership
These trainings are available for Communities of Opportunity and KCREACH partners, including their staff, contractors and volunteers. These trainings are designed to support individuals working in partnerships and coalitions. Participants may attend the both trainings or only one.

Summary: This assets-based training builds leadership confidence and skills. Training participants ground themselves in their personal and professional values, and explore awareness of self and others through a lens of emotional intelligence. Participants discuss strategies for understanding team personalities and navigating conflict. Additionally, participants explore a leadership framework to help guide them through preventing burnout, tapping into motivational factors, and building resilience. By the end of the training, participants will have:

  • Increased clarity on core leadership values, beliefs, and purpose

  • Knowledge of the emotional intelligence framework

  • Awareness of their own leadership journey, including peak experiences, challenges, and growth opportunities

  • Understanding of how culture and context can influence leadership

Date: October 29th, 2019
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98168
Cost: Free. The training is sponsored by the Communities of Opportunity Learning Community and KCREACH.
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Morning Coffee and Afternoon Lunch Provided

Training: Strategies to Build Effective Collaborations
Summary: This training discusses the value and characteristics of effective collaborations. Participants discuss strategies for strengthening existing collaborations and identifying new networks, stakeholders, and opportunities for new collaborative partnerships. Participants are introduced to frameworks for community collaboration and learn concrete skills and tools for establishing and strengthening collaborative partnerships including facilitating conversations to establish shared goals, navigating conflict, and strengthening cross-cultural collaborations. By the end of the training, participants will have:

  • Knowledge of characteristics of effective collaborations

  • Knowledge of approaches to establish shared values, vision, and goals

  • Confidence to navigate conflict as it arises

  • Skill to facilitate group decision-making processes

  • Awareness of considerations for cross-cultural collaborations

Date: October 30th
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98168
Cost: Free. The training is sponsored by the Communities of Opportunity Learning Community and KCREACH.
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Morning Coffee and Afternoon Lunch Provided

Training: Data Analysis Using Excel/Google Sheets
Summary: Perfect for those looking to understand results from a survey or other program data, little to no experience analyzing data, and those wanting tools to make sure they get the information they need out of their evaluation.
Description: Target audience is program or other staff who have or will have data and are analyzing it themselves with little to no experience. This session will begin with a review of tips and techniques, cover best practices for storing and protecting your data, followed by time for questions and practice. Please bring a laptop and data if you would like to practice skills covered in the workshop.

Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Library, 9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
Cost: Free
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