2016_09_13_powershift_table1cPowerShift is a ground-up conference to organize youth leaders into action. It maps out the nexus of climate change and social justice, then helps organize people to take action. PowerShift historically had four national convergences. This year, they split into regional conferences. IDEAS For Us was at Southeast Convergence held in Orlando, Florida on September 9th, 10th, and 11th.

2016_09_13_powershift_hive3cIDEAS For Us was there each of the three days indifferent capacities. On Friday, our Founder, Chris Casto who is also the Sustainability Director for the City of Orlando Florida gave a keynote to open the conference and sat on a panel. On Saturday, the keynote was delivered by IDEAS For Us Board member Josephine Balzac, esq., LL.M. Our Executive Director Clayton Louis Ferrara, International Director Chris Stamper, and IDEAS Web Director Ryan Harrigan tabled and joined in on many workshops to share knowledge and best practices.
2016_09_13_powershift_hive1cWe ran our Hive program Sunday, September 11th. In The Hive, we described our model of crowdsourcing solutions for communal action. Afterwards, participants expressed verbally and though follow up emails that it was the most helpful session of the Southeast conference and a best practice they want to bring to thier campuses.

2016_09_13_powershift_table2cWe look forward to contact everyone who signed up at PowerShift. If you or your friends are interested in furthuring your action at PowerShift, we encourage you to reach out at contact@ideasforus.org. We are here to help.