Displacing activism? The impact of international service trips on understandings of social change

This article published in 2011 in the journal Education, Citizenship and Social Justice was co-authored by Chinook Center founding board member and treasurer Jonathan Christiansen. The relationship between service work and activism continues to interest him. Article abstract: This article reports key findings from in-depth interviews with undergraduate students returning from international service trips (ISTs). Read more about Displacing activism? The impact of international service trips on understandings of social change[…]

Workshop: Conflict Resolution and Building Meaningful Relationships

Chinook Center will host a workshop on conflict resolution on June 9 at 2 pm in the Columbine A room of the Penrose Library. Navigate the interpersonal dynamics of working for change and ways to prevent them from destroying your organization. Examine common issues such as clique-formation, gas-lighting, behind-the-scenes campaigns, bullying, discrimination and micro-aggressions, ghosting, Read more about Workshop: Conflict Resolution and Building Meaningful Relationships[…]

Summer Workshop Series

Chinook Center is proud to host a series of workshops this summer. The series is called How to Destroy an Organization. Attendees will study the common challenges faced by grassroots and non-profit organizations, focus on practical steps to build power in organizations and overcome problems that distract and diminish the group’s work, and practice skills Read more about Summer Workshop Series[…]

Microsoft Grant

Chinook Center received a grant for $5,000 in data services from Microsoft Corporation. As part of its program for nonprofits, Microsoft donates a variety of services and products to eligible nonprofit corporations and believes that “Digital transformation is not simply about technology. It’s fundamentally about connecting people, process, and technology to enable innovation and drive Read more about Microsoft Grant[…]

Tools for Collective Self-Governance

The Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, California hosted a conference for 26 social justice organizations in March. Their goal for the conference is “to continue cultivating a collaborative space where people from different organizations can share their wisdom and insights as we collectively grow our capacity to self-govern.” They will continue to build their Read more about Tools for Collective Self-Governance[…]

Co-working and Capacity Building for Progressive Change Organizations – Some Preliminary Findings

Literature on co-working and capacity building of grassroots organizations provides evidence that the model proposed by the Chinook Center is viable as a transformative project for the Pikes Peak Region. In this post, I’ll share some of the background research that supports our vision. Co-working Space as Social Infrastructure Co-working spaces have risen in popularity Read more about Co-working and Capacity Building for Progressive Change Organizations – Some Preliminary Findings[…]