For the first time ever, NaNoCon is creating a special Day 2 event for anyone motivated to make a difference. Join fellow movers and shakers, like-minded leaders, organizers, and activists. Select the training options that will be most beneficial for your unique situation and goals: activism, group leadership, humanist values, and more.
Walking the Talk: How to Diversify Secular Groups
Panel Discussion: Although there have been numerous discussions about improving diversity and inclusion within the secular community, many groups still struggle with effectively doing so. Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, will lead a panel discussion on how to implement actions that will increase and retain a more diverse membership and also provide opportunities for collaboration.
Humanist House Gathering experience -- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a Humanist house gathering? Come try it out... you'll find there's a difference between an ordinary secular gathering (like a book club) and a real Humanist gathering.
Street Epistemology: An in-depth training and practice session
How can we have more productive conversations with people we disagree with? Street Epistemology (SE) is a conversational method that can help a person examine their beliefs, and how they arrived at those conclusions. In many cases, SE can also be used as a way to encourage people to back off on their certainty without raising defenses.
Last year, the workshops on Street Epistemology packed the room both times. This year, this in-depth seminar will:
- take a deep dive into learning what the method is and is not
- view a few short video examples
- fine-tune their skills by exploring real-world and on-screen scenarios
- have a brief Q & A
- Role-play the techniques so they can be practiced!
Activism & Advocacy
Advocacy 101: Building Relationships with your Lawmakers
New to advocacy? Want to learn how to build a relationship with your lawmakers? This workshop will give you the skills you need to get started.
Act Locally: The Future of Atheist Activism
With our federal courts packed with judges like Brett Kavanaugh and Congress paralyzed, state and local activism are the only way for us to effectively move the needle toward equality nationwide. They key is building effective coalitions around shared issues and sustaining vibrant local community groups. We will share ideas on how your group can engage all four elements of the ACES toolkit: Activism, Community service, Education, and fun Social events.