Lessons in slowing down
Another way to organize
In the autumn of 2016, just before the US presidential election, Drew and I traveled to Standing Rock with a collective intention to lend a hand to the organizers in the pipeline resistance. What we brought was able bodies, willingness to work hard, and a few days of our time towards campsite chores. But what I took away was an entirely new perspective on what activism can look like. For me it was a paradigm shift.
This has been cross posted on Medium if you’re more into that platform.
I want to talk to you about an event Nati and Rich of the Loomio Cooperative/Enspiral Network from New Zealand facilitated in Asheville North Carolina. If you put on events I think you’ll find some juicy ideas that will take your work to the next level… but first a story about a garden in Brooklyn. Read more
Understanding White Supremacy
Wait? We’re talking about explicit racism here, right?
We’re talking about implicit cultural practices that come from the dominant American culture that shift power to the those that are best at navigating that culture. Often times that’s white men (and women), but not always. In our work with clients, collaborators, and allies we encounter a lot of folks trying to solve what they think are technical or digital problems when they really have cultural problems.
Since we wanted to provide a meaningful offering to people at The People’s Summit this year, we formatted a little zine to give away to groups who may know—or suspect—that they have these kinds of problems. The original language comes from Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups.
You can download the full pdf for sharing or printing here or read on for the full text.