Supporting Communities Affected by Mining

Nearly 200 organizations, from racially and economically diverse communities, participate in WMAN- the Western Mining Action Network.  WMAN provides opportunities for locally-based citizen groups in the US and Canada to educate themselves, influence decision making, and cooperate to create positive social change that goes beyond the boundaries of any one location or issue.

Free Citizen Lecture Series
WMAN hosts a series of free informational webinars and conference calls. These webinars and calls give WMAN participants access to expertise and updates on current issues facing mining-impacted communities. See our  Programs  for more information, updates, and announcements.

Here are the free webinars we are hosting this winter and spring:

Storytelling as a Persuasion Tool  |  Thursday, February 4, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to Noon Pacific

Brain science shows that we make decisions based on feelings, not facts. Turning facts into narratives that evoke emotions is a way to make your work more resonant, and relevant, to audiences ranging from policymakers to supporters.  In this training on powerful and persuasive storytelling, Liz Banse from Resource Media will share ways to include narrative elements in your communications on mining, from presentations to PowerPoints to reports.

Visual Communication Strategy and Practice |  Thursday, February 11, 2016, 11:00 a.m to Noon Pacific

Photos and video can do so much more than words alone when you are trying to affect your audience’s views or behavior, but which image should you select for your web page, Facebook post, flyer, mailer, or online ad?  What draws eyes?  And how do you get people to keep watching your video all the way until the end?  What delivers an impact that’s memorable rather than missed?  What gets people to click? To act?  What doesn’t?  In this webinar, Liz Banse from Resource Media will draw on recent research and examples from the field to teach key lessons on effective visual communications that will help you answer these questions for your mining campaigns.

Please RSVP at to receive call-in numbers and instructions and a link to any documents that will accompany the calls.