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Movement NetLab, a Think and Do Collective, formed after Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy with the idea of sharing the lessons learned from those innovations in decentralized organizing. Four of the group discovered my NW Handbook and the concept of self — organizing and arrived in Athens Ohio in the winter of 2013 for a several day work session to further develop our understanding of self-organizing.
As many of you know, June Holley has been supporting this networkweaver site for the last several years. Next year she will be focusing full-time on writing a book on transformative networks. June has asked a trusted partner, Leadership Learning Community (LLC), to take on the care and building of NetworkWeaver as a robust resource and place of connection for leveraging work on behalf of social and racial justice.
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“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” — Ijeoma Oluo
All too often, white people ask black people: “What can I do?” I believe that this must change and white people need to take on the work of helping other white people dismantle racism and white supremacy. Here are some examples of what we can do. Please pick a handful and start trying them out. And then humbly…
As we navigate our new world, how can we learn to continue our important work without face-to-face meetings and work sessions? Even more importantly, how can we provide support to each other, share our fears, and help each other figure out how to meet our needs — even though we cannot be in the same room.
I am convinced that we can use this time to make some of those big system shifts that need to happen. This is a time of opportunity as well as one of tragedy.
In the shift to the virtual world, we can come up…
We are offering a stipend of $250 for any relevant blog post or resource submitted by a Person of Color to help support hearing all voices on our blog. You can submit up to 4 blog posts or resources during the year.
Simply write a blog post of around 250–750 words (1 to 3 pages) about anything that can advance our network strategies. We are especially looking for articles on dismantling racism, community self-care, and including all voices, but all topics will be considered. If you have any doubts about your topic, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any processes, worksheets…
Because networks often engage many people, some of whom are only occasionally involved, it is harder to track the impact of the network. One solution to this might be the use of a technique called Ripple Effect Mapping.
The first step is to identify the scope of the mapping. Are you identifying impact of all of your network’s activities or only a specific initiative such as an Innovation Fund?
I’ve pulled together some questions you might want to use to guide a deep reflection in preparation for the coming times.
I’ve come to see that the embracing of true peerness with all others is the core value that needs to be in place if networks are to become transformational. But we are each wrapped in a sticky, almost invisible cocoon of our culture — a culture that has taught us that we are separate from others and that every relationship has a hierarchy.
So the first question I ask for this new year: How can you begin the healing…