We don't do "canned" workshops.
We are available for support in strategic planning to challenge
corporate power, community organizing, and training. We can help
your organization identify opportunities for collaboration with
other groups, as well as choose issues to mobilize your
Democracy Unlimited is committed to anti-oppressive, popular
education and strategic action. We strive to model feminist,
anti-racist practices and to encourage leadership in everyone who
attends our trainings. Our education methods are participatory,
democratic, and engaging.
We seek to facilitate participants towards their own goals,
providing context and a strategic perspective that empower you to
Contact us to
find out more or to initiate a custom-designed workshop for your
community or group.
Here’s some basic introductory info about what you need to know and
to do to bring us to your community for a workshop or presentation.
The following is meant to give you an idea of what kind of
preparation is needed to bring a good workshop to your community –
but we are pretty flexible about it all. Please contact us
will make it work!
We suggest you hire us to give a public talk on a previous evening
(usually Friday) for as big a local crowd as you can muster, and
then a day-long workshop following (usually on a Saturday). The
workshop needs to be a full day and it is often helpful to have
another meeting the next day for those interested in really running
with it (see below). We like to call the talk, “Why Do Corporations
Have More Rights Than You Do?” If your community has a bad
corporate problem locally or regionally (who doesn’t?!), and people
are already aware it’s a problem, we tend to name the corporation
in the talk title: “Why does (XXX) Corporation have more rights
than you do?”
If you would like to get together a group of local citizens
interested in working on corporate rule in your locality in an
ongoing way, we suggest that you also set up another meeting for
the morning after the workshop (10am-1pm for example), and you
invite interested workshop participants to come to that. That way
we can be there for your first meeting to help you talk strategy.
Everyone will have the analysis and perspective fresh in their
minds from the day before. We will help you to think through what
project or campaign you might like to undertake and to assist with
resources, advice and our own experience. We are also happy to
provide ongoing advice, consultation and help once we leave your
Our Fee Structure
All rates are sliding scale.
Workshops & Strategy Sessions (3 hours or more)
Rates: $50-$100/hour for first 8 hours of presentation, afterwards
$40-$90/hour (note: each hour is for 2 people’s time).
All workshops must include: 4 hours prep time and 2 hours
post-event, plus time spent during workshop (does not include
travel time or non-presentation time). We make every effort to have
a team of gender-balanced facilitators at each workshop. We
strongly discourage against bringing only one person to cut
For example: a Saturday workshop from 9am-5pm (8 hours) + a Sunday
strategy session from 10am-2pm (4 hours), at the bottom end of the
sliding scale: $400 (8 x $50) + $160 (4 x $40) + $300 (6 x $50) =
$860 TOTAL (+ travel & meal cost)
Honorariums for Speaking Engagements & Presentations (up to
★ Institution rate: $500-$1000 sliding scale
★ Community group rate: $250-$700 sliding scale
Note: if a Community Group arranges a talk at an institution to
help offset costs for a workshop they’re also organizing, we only
charge our hourly rate above, but the group is encouraged to try to
arrange for as high an honorarium as possible from the institution
to offset costs.
Travel & Accommodations
Driving: $.35/mile round-trip or the cost of a rental car + gas (we
decide which option).
Accommodations: bed (not a couch) and all meals while in Community.
Host can elect to pay for hotel room as well as restaurant meals,
or provide food and lodging. Additional cost of $25/day for meals
on travel days, per person.
Please do not let our fees deter you from contacting us about
hosting a workshop.
We prefer the workshop take place in a large comfortable living
room away from loud urban noises or roads, with good outside air
for break time. It tends to be a nicer aesthetic and more
physically comfortable than a church or other institutional
setting. Though most churches do have carpeted smaller rooms with
comfortable chairs that are more than adequate, as do many colleges
If the workshop is scheduled as a full day, we suggest timing of
10:30am to 5:30pm, with a lunch break and stretch breaks. People
should be encouraged to bring a sack lunch so we can mingle
together informally. If it’s a 2-day workshop, we suggest 10:30am
to 5:30pm for day one, and 10:30am to 1pm for day two. The host
should try to have hot and cold drinks (plus snacks) for all at
lunch and breaks. It is also pretty easy to get food donations from
local grocery stores and restaurants and if you do this it will
help keep the snack and meal costs low.
We urge workshop organizers to offer a broad sliding scale fee
structure so that everyone feels invited.
Depending on how much you decide to pay us we suggest you charge
participants somewhere in the range between $20 to $60, and $50 to
$150. And if you can afford it, you can also say “No one turned
away” or “scholarships available” on the flyers. We strongly
recommend that you do offer some way for folks of lower income to
participate – we want our work to be as accessible as possible. At
the same time though, it’s not unusual for full-day workshops to
cost each participant hundreds of dollars, so our workshops are
quite affordably priced.
An ideal size is 10 to 16 people, with a minimum of 6 participants
and a maximum of 20 participants. There always tend to be 2 to 5
no-shows, unless people pay in advance. It’s important that
participants attend the full event, not drop in late, or leave
early. When we do a workshop locally we always make sure to ask
participants to pre-register so we have a sense of how many people
are coming – we suggest that you do the same.
Outreach and Publicity
Where and how you publicize depends on who you want to attend the
workshop. If your group or organization is going to provide
participants from your membership, you might not need to do public
outreach. If this is the case, we suggest you remember to call
folks who you want to attend because email announcements alone
seldom get much response. And don’t forget to send out
If you want to invite the public you will need to do more outreach.
We suggest making a flyer (we can provide examples) that you can
distribute to local restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, grocery
stores, colleges, laundromats, community venues and bulletin
We also suggest sending out a press release (we can provide
examples) to local radio and television stations as well as
newspapers. We are always happy to do radio interviews with your
local media by telephone before we get there and it is often easy
to set those up by following up on press releases and requesting
time on radio programs dedicated to local and/or political events.
It is best to schedule these 3-5 days before the event.
You should also ask your local radio, TV and newspapers to include
the event in their community calendars. You can also sometimes get
the event announced through calendars that local community groups
send out to their members. Try to be as creative and extensive with
outreach as possible!
Please contact us if you would like to host a workshop in
your community. We are happy to help you with organizing the