The 2015 William Penn Lecture was given by Matthew Armstead. Matthew is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer, and currently serves as Coordinator of Earth Quaker Action Team. He spoke on the theme “Daring to Stand Up” on March 28, 2015.
Daring to Stand Up is a look at the news tells us something is shifting. Within two months, we had the 400,000 strong Peoples Climate March in New York City to the uprising against injustice in Ferguson. Today many people have followed that “still small voice” through the storm toward new ground. What is possible at this moment?
This time calls for us to find the abundant resource around us every day. Taking lessons from the social movements, the arts, and physics, Matthew will walk through contemporary sources of inspiration that illuminate the opportunity to reconnect reflection and action. This William Penn Lecture is an invitation to bring yourself more fully into this moment as a ripple in the tide.
Matthew Armstead is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer in Philadelphia, PA, and he is a trainer with Training for Change. He has worked with diverse groups of people from Occupy Wall Street activists to Ivy League university students and led sessions on a variety of topics, such as anti-oppression, strategic planning, community outreach, peer counseling, nonviolent direct action, training of trainers, and organizational development. He recently spent a month supporting youth and new organizers in Ferguson, MO.