Participants from the 2017 Digital Skillshare

Participants from the 2017 Digital Skillshare

Momentum Digital Skillshare and Absorption Upgrade 2019

February 28 - March 3, 2019
The Highlander Center, Tennessee

Applications have closed, but check out our webinar below.

Update: We recently held a Digital Digital Skillshare - a series of mini skillshares on memes, Facebook lead generation ads, messenger bots, and patch-through calls - to give a taste of what’s to come. Check it out, and find the description of the IRL Skillshare below the video.

The Momentum Digital Skillshare is the place where organizers, campaigners, technologists and others come together to share the behind scenes story of their work, teach each other skills, and build relationships with smart and generous peers.

This skillshare will also include advanced curriculum on Absorption – how do movements polarize the public and move people into active participation in the movement -- especially but not exclusively through using scalable digital tactics?

This is a participant-driven event -- from the planning, the logistics, the content, everything.

There is a saying that “movements move at the speed of trust.” The skillshares are designed to increase trust within and across movements by providing a space and structures for deep relationship building in a retreat setting.

New digital tactics and tools are changing the way that movements recruit new supporters, deepen their commitment and move them to action. The skillshare is a space for organizers to share how their campaigns have incorporated these new tactics and tools and their lessons learned.

We will put a special emphasis on building relationships and trust across organizations to encourage collaborations and partnerships beyond this skillshare.

About the application

We are accepting applications through Friday, December 14th.

We accept applicants on a rolling basis, so apply soon! Spots will fill up quickly. We will prioritize participants who have been to a Momentum training or previous Digital Community of Practice event.

We will have travel scholarships available, as well as tuition scholarships. Don’t let funding be a barrier to applying.

The Organizing Team

The organizing team is composed of a Momentum staff person and ten leaders from the digital organizing field who are volunteering their time to make this event a success.

Aneta Molenda got started in the labor movement as a field organizer with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance before helping to launch an alt-labor organizing program at Working America. She spent the next few years at M+R where she consulted on digital organizing strategy for various organizations and campaigns including the Fight for $15 and Planned Parenthood.

As Digital Director at OUR (OUR Walmart), she is exploring new and innovative ways to scale national organizing using online-first strategies that translate to deep leadership and mass offline action, including most recently the campaign for severance pay for former Toys R Us employees.

Aneta was born and raised in Poland and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not organizing, she makes ceramics and fosters neonatal kittens.

Ankur Asthana is a first-gen immigrant and campaigner advising national progressive groups on digital organizing.

After seeing his grandparents struggle to get medical care when they immigrated to the U.S. from India, he helped launch and lead non-violent direct action campaigns to win and defend health care for all in the U.S. and abroad.

He was previously the Co-Founder at Article 25 and Chief Organizer at Partners In Health, and currently works as a Senior Consultant at M+R where he supports groups such as the Center for Popular Democracy and Planned Parenthood in their movement building work.

Ari Bloomekatz is the managing editor of Rethinking Schools, an international magazine focused on social justice and anti-racist education. He is also the national social media coordinator for IfNotNow, a liberation movement of young American Jews who are fighting for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.

Before his current positions, Ari was the managing editor of the spiritual progressive magazine Tikkun, and spent seven years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times where he covered South Los Angeles, politics, breaking news, transportation policy, and helped run their highest-trafficked blog, L.A. Now.

Brandon Forester works with Free Press allies and activists to help empower people in their own communities to fight for a fair and open internet for all.

Cherizar Crippen is an abolitionist of indigenous and black heritage raised in NJ and living in NC for over 15 years. A “baby organizer” she entered the work as a comms lead for BLM GSO in 2016. Trained up by the historic Highlander Research and Education Center, Momentum, BOLD, and her political home SONG, she is a commitment to firmly communicating liberatory visions that allow people to see themselves as agents of change. She loves logistics, fundraises for black non-men impacted by capitalism, and has a passion for youth activism. Currently she serves as Greensboro SONG’s Chapter Liaison and in 2019 will serve on the Policing Accountability Review Board for the City of Greensboro. She dreams of founding a Freedom School, dedicated to co-mentoring in the popular education tradition, raising revolutionaries transformed in the service of the work and #ungovernable.

Cicia Lee is on staff with Momentum. She grew up in Canada, and is currently based in Boston where she lives in an intentional community.

Previously, Cicia worked for the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, which organizes congregations around racial and economic justice as a part of the PICO Network. She’s on the board of the Mystic Soul Project, which is centering POC experiences at the intersection of contemplative spirituality, justice, and healing. She is a 3-wing-4 on the enneagram and a taurus.

Michelle Reyf is the Digital Organizing Manager at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action.

She previously helped launch and grow Groundswell, a multifaith distributed organizing platform, as Campaign Manager and then Director. Michelle started out on the New Media team at J Street, where she led online communications to J Street's forty local chapters.

Michelle is a New Organizing Institute Bootcamp alum, part of the Momentum community, a member of IfNotNow's Digital Strategy Team, and is certified as an organizational coach with the Academy for Coaching Excellence.

Olivia Chow is a political campaigner and community organizer specializing in digital strategy.

Her work spans two presidential campaigns, two stints on the Democratic National Convention digital team, managing the field program for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, creating AAJC's youth leadership program, founding a digital consultancy startup, and digital strategist for Community Change Action's immigration and economic justice reform initiatives.

She most recently directed NextGen America's email and text message programs to drive historic turnout among young voters age 18-29 for key races in the 2018 midterm election.

Randall Smith is the founder of PowerLabs, a consulting firm that supports organizations to design and run people-powered campaigns.

Previously, he provided strategic support to user-generated campaigns on's platform. His work at helped people win life-changing (and life-saving) victories including freeing loved ones from prison and changing the policies that govern lung transplants for kids.

Sol Freire Figueroa is the Digital Director at New York Communities for Change.

Born and raised in Ecuador, she is currently based in New York where she's been working in organizing people of color in the labor movement. Back in Ecuador, she worked organizing the SlutWalk, a movement meant to empower women, trans and queer folks in Quito. She also worked in the Organization of American States (OAS) as Regional Coordinator during the Presidential elections in Colombia. As a journalist, Sol was a writer in NY1 and the Editor in Chief of "Aula Magna", the Universidad San Francisco de Quito monthly magazine.

She loves to write, but she has found a new passion in organizing.

Thaís Marques is a Director with PowerLabs where she focuses on using digital tools and tactics to reach communities of color and immigrants and move them into action-oriented teams.

Prior to PowerLabs, Thaís led the digital program and student organizing at Movimiento Cosecha. She was the national coordinator of the Sanctuary Campus movement, which mobilized over 150 campuses to engage in a nation-wide walkout. While at Cosecha she developed new models for recruiting undocumented immigrants through social channels and connecting them to the movement.

She has also worked as a student organizer in Newark, NJ leading the fight against the privatization of public schools in the city, which won back full local control of the Newark Public Schools after 23 years under state control.


Thanks to our sponsor!

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If you would like to sponsor this training, please be in touch with Randall (randall [at] and Aneta (aneta [at]