Windcall: A Gift from the Movement to the Movement
“Running Windcall was a joyous experience for both Albert and me. It truly was a work of our hearts, and as such, it gave back in equal measure everything we brought to it.”
– Susan Wells, Windcall Co-Founder
The program soon proved to be transformative for organizer after organizer – far beyond the expectations of the Welles and the social change leaders leaders serving on the Windcall Selection Committee. With feedback from Windcall alumni, the Wellses, the Selection Committee, and staffer Joy Sue Hutchinson (a former community organizer with Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Center for Third World Organizing) developed the program over the years to make more of an impact. Susan Wells, at the urging of Windcall Residents, wrote a book, Changing Course: Windcall and the Art of Renewal, which tells the story of the first seventeen years of Windcall and the organizers who were transformed by it.
The New Windcall
- Developed its capacity to deliver Residencies that include a full orientation process, three-week sessions that offer eight key transformative elements, and support after that intensive learning experience to help organizers incorporate Windcall’s lessons into their daily practice.
- Organized weekend long gatherings in the Central Valley of California and in North Carolina as well as shorter alumni gatherings elsewhere to create connections between alumni focused on sustainability and transformative leadership.
- Launched Windcall’s coaching program to support Residents implementing their Windcall-inspired ideas.
- Built meaningful partnerships with programs and individuals who donate facilities, land and staffing for the Residency Program.
- Built a strong grassroots fundraising base; most of Windcall’s support comes from its alumni, community and labor organizers, and allies.