RootSkills Conference


December 7, 2018 to December 8, 2018


Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
1 College St
Worcester, MA 01610

The goal of the RootSkills Conference is to create synergy among community organizers working towards environmental, social and economic justice. Workshop sessions highlight trends, best practices, and solutions-based tools by and for community organizers. A planning committee representing a broad range of lived experiences helps design the event and an open call for workshops sessions creates space for new leadership, new voices to work towards co-created learning objectives. 

The Grassroots Fund supports change makers who not only experience marginalization but face systemic and structural barriers to traditional funding. We’re investing in individuals, groups and organizations working across a broad range of environmental and social justice issues that traditional funders often overlook. And we encourage them to take creative approaches to challenging existing systems. 

The RootSkills conference is about building networks. We’re strengthening movements by making powerful, intersectional connections between a broad spectrum of participants all working towards a common goal. The Conference agenda and workshop track learning objectives are co-created by a 27-member planning committee. An open call to our networks for workshop sessions has resulted in 33 offerings that are about helping grassroots organizers develop their own solutions to complex environmental and social justice issues that affect where they live. Where Friday focuses on issue area technical sessions, Saturday sessions create space to have process-focused conversations. 

We want your voice, your perspective here! Please join 350 grassroots organizers in Worcester (MA) as we take on a shared responsibility to reduce our impact on the planet and improve the lives of the people who live here. Contribute to identifying, selecting and accessing the specific tools, resources and connections needed to create healthy, sustainable and resilient communities.

The RootSkills Conference is geared towards helping grassroots organizers develop their own solutions to complex environmental and social justice issues that affect where they live.

Sliding scale for registration fee ($30-230);

  • Exhibitor tabling space still available;
  • Friday evening Mix & Mingle Reception
  • Scholarships available.

Contact Tess Beem at with any questions!

The Grassroots Fund is seeking grounded organizers, educators, nonprofits, and sustainable businesses to facilitate workshops for the RootSkills Conference. RootSkills aims to connect community organizers, students, businesses and nonprofits working to address social justice challenges and improve community health, community resilience, and the environment across New England. The RootSkills Conference will bring together over 300 individuals committed to creating a sustainable future. RootSkills endeavors to present the work of a broad range of partner organizations that highlight trends, best practices and solutions-oriented tools.

Find more information here!

Registration fee: 

Sliding Scale: $30 - $230

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning