Round 2 Programming Applications are Now Open!

We Want YOU to be a facilitator, speaker, and/or presenter at PowerShift BC in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories, Oct 4-7, 2013.

We are currently seeking panelists, speakers, workshop facilitators, and caucus facilitators for PowerShift BC 2013.  Scroll to bottom for direct links to application forms.

What is PowerShift?

Power Shift is a gathering organized by youth for youth that focuses on climate justice.  From October 4-7, PowerShift BC will bring 1000 youth from diverse backgrounds together in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories, to deepen their understanding, develop their skills and build on the movement towards environmental and social justice.

Through keynote speakers, workshops, caucuses, panel discussions, actions, and many other activities, participants will develop their understanding of the intersections between environmental and social justice issues, build skills for taking action, and gain the connections and confidence to mobilize in their communities.  For more information on PowerShift, visit our website at

Why do we need you?

At Power Shift BC leaders from across movements will come together to share ideas and experience. We’re looking for sessions that are engaging, accessible, creative, fun, and empower participants to walk away with new skills, strategies and tools to make change.

In order to do this we need your ideas, creativity and leadership. We want to make sure that the full diversity and strength of our movement is presented at PowerShift BC, so even if you’ve never presented before, or think you have a great idea, please submit!

We are particularly looking for speakers and facilitators living on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction and other climate injustices, folks from underrepresented communities, people with successful campaigning experience, and/or youth who are dedicated and ready to learn!  While PowerShift itself is focused on youth, we are not exclusively looking for youth speakers, presenters, and facilitators, and instead want to encourage intergenerational learning.

How Do I Sign-up?

We encourage anyone who is interested in sharing their skills, experience, or story to apply to speak or facilitate at PowerShift. We Are looking for Skill-Based Workshop Facilitators, Issue-Based Workshop Facilitators, Speakers and Panelists, and Caucus suggestions and Facilitators.  Please see below for the description of these different sessions, and  fill out a separate form for each application (with the exception of the panelist form, where you can list all topics you are comfortable speaking on).

Please be mindful that we may not be able to accommodate all proposals, and we may ask similar proposals to combine their effort; we appreciate your flexibility.

Please note: All applications must be within the framework of the vision of PowerShift and agree to the PowerShift Anti-Oppression statement.

We are looking forward to your application(s)!

Skill-Based Workshop Facilitators:

Skill-based workshops will give participants the skills and confidence to step into new roles or to deepen their understanding as strategizers, trainers, spokespeople, advocates, educators, media liaisons, action organizer, facilitators, and more. The skill-based workshops will also develop participant's understanding of strategy, creative action, anti-oppression, and democratic and horizontal organizing.  Some examples of skills-based workshops could include, but are not limited to, basic organizing training, campaigning, media training, electoral organizing, social media, allyship, and coalition, capacity and community building and much more.

If you are interested in facilitating a skills-based workshop, please fill out this form.

Issue-Based Workshop Facilitators:

The issue-based content at PowerShift will primarily be delivered through panels. There will be a limited number of issue-based workshop slots and we are interested in hearing your idea.
Issue-based workshops will deepen participants understanding of specific issues within the climate justice movement.  These workshops will be interactive and engaging and provide participants with information on the specific issue at hand, ways they can get involved and action they can take.  Some examples of issue-based workshops could include, but are not limited to, tar sands piplines, fracking, water issues, de-colonization, free-trade agreements, capitalism and the environment, environmental law, migrant justice,  and much more. 

If you are interested in facilitating an issue-based workshop please fill out this form.

Speakers and Panelists:

Panels will provide participants with many perspectives on one theme or topic.  Specifically, we are looking for speakers for a “Frontline” panel discussion about the impacts of climate change and toxic development on communities that are directly impacted, as well as on how these communities and their allies are mobilizing in response. The panelists for these will come from communities directly impacted by climate change and/or toxic development.

There will also be “Digging Deeper” panels that will look at how different issues and social movements link and overlap with climate justice, such as labour and the environment, First Nation sovereignty, migrant justice, international solidarity, gender and climate justice and much more.  

If you are interested in speaking on a panel, please fill out this form


Caucuses are facilitated discussions or meet-ups based on particular topics, questions or identities. For example, Safe(r) Spaces: Accountability and addressing violence in our movements caucus; LGBTQ+ meet and greet.  We want to hear what caucuses you want to see at PowerShift BC. 

If you are interested in facilitating a caucus, or have one in mind that you want to see at PowerShift BC, please fill out this form


We have a minimal budget; however, we may be able to help with transportation costs and other needs presenters may have. Small honorariums may also be available depending on need (which you can indicate in the application form). Note, we do not have the resources to compensate all presenters and facilitators, and will give priority to presenters from frontline communities.  If you are able to cover your own costs it goes a long way to freeing up resources for participation and leadership from a diversity of backgrounds.

Not interested in presenting but want to participate? Register here.

Links to all forms can be found here

We look forward to working with you!


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commented 2013-09-06 01:02:29 -0300 · Flag
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