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Deep Canvass Institute 101: How to Have a Deep Canvass Conversation


Tuesday, April 16, 2024
6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. EDT


Virtual Event

Please note that this is a three-session training. You must be signed up for and complete all three sessions - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday - in order to receive your certificate of completion for our Deep Canvass Institute 101 Skills Series. Click "Select All (3 times)" at signup

Just curious about deep canvassing but not sure you’re ready to commit to a nine-hour training? Register for the virtual info session, “An Introduction to Deep Canvassing” to learn more.

The Deep Canvass Institute is offering this bi-monthly 101 training where you will be trained to have deep canvass conversations. Deep canvassing is about working to create mutual understanding grounded in stories and lived experience, instead of in debate or talking points. Deep canvassing was developed by organizers and volunteers in the LGBTQ rights movement as a way to turn the tide of a decade of losses at the ballot box, and it draws from the long lineage of organizing work by labor unions and civil rights organizers.

It has since become one of the only tactics scientifically proven to be able to lastingly reduce prejudice, inoculate people against fear-based messaging, and change hearts and minds on our most divisive issues. When we take this approach, people’s experience leads them away from prejudice, stigma, or fear, and towards empathy and a willingness to consider equitable solutions.

Deep Canvass Institute 101 Training:

  • On Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m ET we’ll dive into the deep canvass conversation structure and how to tell your deep canvass story with vulnerability.

  • On Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. ET we explore the critical deep canvassing skills of compassionate curiosity & active listening, and we provide an overview of the script we’ll be using on Day 3.

  • On Saturday, April 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET you’ll have a chance to role play the script, have your first deep canvass conversation with a stranger, and debrief with experienced deep canvassers, all in the Deep Canvass Institute’s training environment.

NOTE: To receive your Deep Canvass Institute certification, you must sign-up for, and complete, all three training dates listed on this page.

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