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So this is the big week for our Change It program. 200 participants are gathered in Washington to hear from some leading voices in the progressive community and learn how to organize, advocate, and agitate. For those of you unfamiliar with Change It, it’s an idea we cooked up with Greenpeace to help send ripples of action out into the world and plant seeds of change in cities and towns all over the country. Here’s how we described the whole thing on the Change It web site:
The Change It program is an all-expenses-paid week of grassroots educational training in Washington, D.C., July 20 to 26, led by the experts from Greenpeace and other progressive organizations. Building on last year's success, the program will teach 200 dedicated full- and part-time students, ages 18 to 24, how to take on the toughest global challenges of our time.
Change It provides an opportunity for student leaders already committed to protecting the environment, leading social change and taking action to learn the skills and tools they need to become effective leaders. Students will emerge from the program ready to engage in the efforts necessary to prevent global warming and address the most critical issues facing their generation.
Speakers will include John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Jeffrey Hollender, President and Chief Inspired Protagonist of Seventh Generation. Last year, other key speakers included Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the Center for Health Environment and Justice, Julius Walls, CEO of Greyston Bakery, and Rafe Martin, author and storyteller. We are working on another great line up for 2007!
As the program unfolds this week, Change It participants will be posting their thoughts on the Change It blog . And we thought we’d cross-post some of their reflections here. So when you see a bunch of posts this week from people you haven’t met before, that’s what’s happening. Should be fun!