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On 28 August, 37 people came together in Wollongong to learn how to have powerful values-based conversations to shift community attitudes about the rights of people seeking asylum.

This 3.5-hour workshop will introduce tools and strategies to have powerful values-based conversations to shift community attitudes about the rights of people seeking asylum, and the #RightTrack political strategy to win policy change.

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Do you wish you could have more open conversations with family, friends and neighbours about the needs and rights of people seeking asylum?

Have you been frustrated when discussion gets stuck in the same old stereotypes and perceptions?

You are invited to a hands-on workshop to:

  • Hear about the ‘Words that Work’ research findings
  • Learn how to have persuasive conversations and who you should have them with
  • Meet like-minded people who want to make a positive difference

Those who should attend are people supportive of the needs and rights of people seeking asylum& who want to influence others in the same direction.

While there is a brief rundown of some policies affecting people seeking asylum, please note this is not a policy forum as such, it's a skills workshop and entry point for grassroots community action to shift public opinion and win real changes to the lives of men, women and children who deserve safety, fairness and freedom. 

This workshop will be facilitated by staff of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Uniting Church Social Justice Forum.

About this initiative

The team at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is working with communities across Australia to shift attitudes by changing the way we talk about people seeking asylum.

In 2015 the ASRC developed a values-based conversation framework drawn from the ground breaking “Words that Work” research of communication expert Anat Shenker-Osorio. This research found that certain words and phrases have a positive impact on those who are undecided about the issue.

The Community Action Workshop presents this framework along with tools and strategies to open up conversations. It equips participants to speak more confidently about the rights of people seeking asylum. By sharing our values and experiences in conversation, we allow people space to make up their own minds, making a shift in attitudes more possible.

Here is what one of our participants thought about a recent Sydney workshop:

"The workshop was very effective, especially because it gave us the chance to practice our new found skills with role playing. I realise it takes practice but I'm convinced that values-based language is effective in changing people's opinions."

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