Transformative
Organizing
Conversations

Our Intention

When was the last time you changed your mind meaningfully because of shame, blame or guilt? When have you changed who you were or how you think because someone hated you? Chances are, never!  As humans, we always have the right to choose. You can’t hate, or guilt or manipulate someone to change their beliefs. 

Transformative Organizing Conversations (TOC) is a training series  on how to hold space for difficult conversations and deep listening in both individual and group settings. Our goal is to empower everyday community leaders with the tools to facilitate more brave yet harmonious conversations. Transformation happens one heart, one conversation, one “aha!” at a time.  

The TOC framework helps us to have heartfelt exchanges of ideas with people, while being present with the other person’s experience without needing to force a particular outcome. 

 

When was the last time you changed your mind meaningfully because of shame, blame or guilt?
When have you changed who you were or how you think because someone hated you? Chances are, never! As humans, we always have the right to choose. You can’t hate, or guilt or manipulate someone to change their beliefs.
Transformative Organizing Conversations (TOC) is a training series on how to hold space for difficult conversations and deep listening in both individual and group settings.
Our goal is to empower everyday community leaders with the tools to facilitate more brave yet harmonious conversations. Transformation happens one heart, one conversation, one “aha!” at a time.
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TOC Holiday Guide for Navigating Difficult Conversations

Our inaugural guide book, The TOC Holiday Guide for Transformational Political Conversations was released ahead of the 2023 winter holiday season, and is intended to provide a short primer on having uncomfortable discussions about sensitive or difficult topics.

The holidays are over, but the empowering information in the guide can help support you in having productive conversations, rather than arguments with loved ones. Check out the guide, which includes some helpful talking points to debunk some common myths about a few hot topics this season.

Visit the holiday guide page for downloads and more

We Are...

Transformative Organizing Conversations is a program in development by La Defensa, a Project of Tides Advocacy. La Defensa is an abolitionist organization whose breadth of work encompasses policy advocacy and development, on-the-ground organizing and community power building, and projects that support the transformation of our judiciary.