Cosecha Fellowship Curriculum

Hello, we are excited to work on our upcoming Cosecha Organizing Fellowship, 30 fellows for 6 months in a year where many things will change for the migrant community.

We are still putting it together but we wanted to give you a small taste of what is coming in Cosecha’s most ambitious project. We are excited to partner with the Ayni Training Institute to provide the highest quality training and support for this experience. As a Sam Corbin said we are only able to respond to crisis in our highest level of training. This is incredibly important for Cosecha, because we can only organize a national strike if we are strong and prepared. There is much material to cover but we have selected only the most essential because we know the road to craft and mastery is not about doing 4,000 things 12 times but rather to do 12 things 4,000 times.

As some of you know most people that come to trainings don’t have the opportunity to practice, the constant dialogue between reflection and practice is what creates learning. Most importantly, learning happens in community; with a group of peers that can challenge each other not just to think boldly and more creatively but to embody these qualities as well.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

1. Movement, Memory & Community (not your regular “organizing” training)

This is the first draft for our initial 10 Day Fundamentals Training. The first 3 days are about understanding the moment in history we are currently in and why a project like Cosecha emerges. Afterwards, we have a deeper training on the last 5,000 years of history that we are thinking of doing for the fellowship called the Long View. Days 4-6 are about understand the strategies of civil resistance, the Cosecha DNA, and our main strategic assumptions. We want to make sure that you can have clarity around our strategic decisions and the assumptions they are based upon. On days 8–9, we will focus on building the skills that bring people in to Cosecha so they can engage in collective work.

2. Cosecha Labs (collective work, support & experimentation)

We will all be based in the same city, meaning that we we will be a total of 45 Cosecha organizers working out of our national headquarters at St. Mary Episcopal Church in Boston, MA. As we said on the fellowship landing page, fellows will select the track they want to be part of — Escalation Campaigns, Training & Base Building, and Movement Capacity.

During those 5 weeks fellows will be placed in a team with a Full Time Cosecha Organizer, that team and the coach will serve as both work and emotional support. The fellows’ learning teams will meet once a week for 3 hours to reflect deeply on their work week, analyze what is working and what is not, and give each other supportive feedback. There will also be a 500 page binder that all fellows will be receiving on political and organizing content that will be read throughout the whole fellowship(6 months) and debriefed weekly at that meeting.

3. Creating Momentum in our Migrant Community

Once the training and the 5 weeks are completed, the fellows will be sent for 3 months to different migrant cities and towns to organize resistance campaigns. All organizers will be living in intentional communities that follow our principles and culture in all those places; supporting each other and also working hard to create campaigns that can really change the game. We call some of these resistance campaigns “trigger events” and we will be working hard to make them happen. Here is an example of one we are inspired by:

If you are interested in joining our team and experiencing this fellowship, please apply here.