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Reflect

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

  • How do we share this love with the world?
  • Cornel West has suggested that justice is what love looks like in public.  Here we learn to practice loving each other, even when it's hard. 

Connect

WHO ARE WE?

  • What is your authentic self?
  • What are your highest values?
  • What is the purpose of your leadership?
  • We are learning to love ourselves and each other. 

Transform

Phases


In phase one (REFLECT), participants explore and reconnect with their authentic self and their life-calling. In sharing those highest values, participants begin to develop trust and form respectful relationships while understanding the often difficult and different experiences each of us have had.  In short, it asks “how do we learn to love ourselves and each other?”  


Phase two (
CONNECT) asks “how did we get here?”  Participants begin to grapple with the systems and histories we have all inherited that have limited opportunities for many and which have prevented a shared prosperity for all. It does not assign blame or shame. Rather, it illuminates those existing structures and attitudes that prevent people from working together and being successful. It recognizes that while none of us created racism and other biases, we have all inherited a responsibility to address those mindsets.

In phase three (
TRANSFORM), participants begin to practice working together and using an equity lens approach as they develop a project that benefits the greater good. Having engaged with who we are and how we got here, phase three explores what we are going to do about our present situation in order to build a more sustainable and equitable future.

Our Approach 

Trust-building and Social Justice

Our approach includes three phases of reflection, connection and transformation. A variety of interactive exercises, carefully scaffolded for progressive understanding, are facilitated in large circles and in small groups and pairs. This guided learning process is based on a growth or strengths-based model of learning rather than a compliance model.  In other words, we believe that all participants have their own wisdom and gifts that can be called forth and tapped into and that sharing those with others increases the collective wisdom of the group.  Our approach: Trust-building and Social Justice is not a series of lectures meant to convey lessons for rote memory.  The facilitators and participants learn from each other together.  For community partners, sessions can be created of varying lengths from one week to three weeks and for municipalities, universities and corporate partners, from half-day and full day sessions to multiple days and weeks. If you're interested in becoming a partner, please contact us!

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

  • How did we get to where we are? 
  • How do we practice our shared highest values respectfully with others, within the context of a complex and inequitable world and fraught histories?