Ready for a crash course in building a strong community organization? Come to Bootcamp. 


Want to open your organization to your community? At this hands-on training, you’ll learn the theory and practice of how to do so–and how to make your organization more relevant, vibrant, valued, and sustainable along the way.

OF/BY/FOR ALL Bootcamp is led by Nina Simon and Lauren Benetua, rooted in lessons learned from hundreds of participatory projects. Get inspired. Get new tools. Get ready to involve your community on a deeper level.

Our next public bootcamp with spots available will be held on October 14 and 15, 2019 in the Hague with our wonderful partners at Koninklijke Bibliotheek - the National Library of the Netherlands. This bootcamp is open to teams of 2-5 individuals from public-serving organizations of any size. Your team may include staff, volunteers, trustees, and/or partners. We ask you to attend in teams because you’ll be most effective at leading change if you have colleagues alongside you. We believe if you want go far, you go together.

We anticipate welcoming 10-25 teams from organizations around the world at this bootcamp, with no more than 100 participants in total. We expect this bootcamp to sell out, so we encourage you to register now.

Come to this two-day bootcamp to:

  • Articulate your goals for community participation at your organization.

  • Map your community’s assets and needs and how they align with your goals.

  • Get a crash course in social capital theory and ways of measuring community participation.

  • Develop compelling, powerful participatory offers and promises for your prospective partners.

  • Gain new community involvement tools you can take home and adapt to your organization.

  • Make a pledge to involve specific communities in building a stronger and more resilient future.

  • Connect with diverse colleagues who can help you as you continue your journey.

  • Get inspired, laugh out loud, and share honest lessons from the messy, joyful world of community participation.

At the end of Bootcamp, we invite all teams to make a pledge to involve a specific community in the months to come. Teams are invited to consider continuing their OF/BY/FOR ALL journey in the Change Network, a supportive online program offering tools, community, and accountability to help you fulfill your pledge.

Wow! Thank you for leading the movement and breaking this down into a tangible, doable, yet flexible structure that can be scaled and customized. The vision is powerful and the path is clear!

Not just for Librarians, not just for the netherlands.

We’re working with partners like Koninklijke Bibliotheek to offer OF/BY/FOR ALL bootcamp in diverse locations. We’re thrilled to work with KB in the Hague in October. The Hague is a city on the western coast and the seat of government of the Netherlands. It has many monuments, historic districts and is located near the beautiful North Sea coastline. The Hague is an easy 30 minute train ride from Schipol airport or an hour train from Amsterdam.

You are welcome to attend regardless of your organization’s location, size, or type. This bootcamp is designed for working professionals seeking to implement community participation in your organization or program. We have welcomed campers from arts organizations, cultural centers, museums, libraries, refugee centers, national parks, historic sites, zoos, and many diverse community, civic, and cultural sites.

Ready to register?

The fee to register is $2500 USD (or 2250 Euros) per team. Teams can be anywhere from 2-5 people, and you can designate the participating individuals later if needed. You can register now here.


Lauren Benetua would be happy to help - contact Lauren at