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Action Learning Seed Fund: Embody Racial Equity

Our Action Learning Seed Fund is well underway. In case you missed it; last month we announced that $25,000 from LLC’s core funding would be released and granted to projects seeking to leverage the leadership of people of color. From the application to the implementation, we envision people of color modeling ways that create pathways for racial equity through leadership development. Three weeks ago we launched the application during our webinar.

 

Since the launch, we’ve been overjoyed with the responses from all of you. So many immediately shared the application. The final numbers are not yet in, but we do know the webinar video has been watched 250+ times, the links have been clicked and shared 4100+ and counting. At the time of this publication, before the deadline, we have already received over 100 applications.

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LLC’s $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund: Webinar VIDEO and Frequently Asked Questions

Last month, the Leadership Learning Community announced $25,000 to be released as a Seed Fund. Since then, we have worked with our Selection Committee of 19, to finalize our plan.

 

The application form is now open. All application are due on February 28th by 11:59pm Pacific.


If you missed our launch webinar, you can still review below the recording, review the slides, and find frequently asked questions.

 

Please share widely and contact Miriam with any questions.

 

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The Action Learning Seed Fund: An Update

The Leadership Learning Community is very excited about launching our Action Learning Seed Fund. As our facilitators in the Race Forward Training said “when you are resisting, you struggle. It goes slow.” Racial equity takes time and we want to give our Selection Committee enough time to make intentional decisions together.

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Racial Equity: A Leadership Development Competency

Last week, LLC along with some of you, attended Race Forward’s Building Racial Equity- Foundations Training at the Oakland Peace Center. The training grounded us in language to describe racism on all the levels it thrives (internal, interpersonal, institutional, systemic). The work of racial equity then is to not only destroy racism as it exists, but to “bake in” racial equity to eradicate it completely.

 

Before the day was complete, however, it was our mission to identify the many ways that we, those present, continue to create systems of oppression. Soon Deborah and I were engaged in a deep conversation on how the leadership development field can also fall victim to this on a systemic level.

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Leadership Development Webinar Series: Most Popular Webinars (Updated)

We will not host a webinar in December, the holidays always present a challenge for scheduling. However, this year, we have been humbled by the number of you that joined us for our webinars. They were so well received that we decided to share them again for those of you who missed them the first time around.  Below are our top five most popular webinars; enjoy! read more »

 

Affirming Our Values

It is undeniable that current events have brought to light what was always below the surface; a country deeply divided. One of the most frightening changes over the last few weeks has been the spike in attacks directed at people of color citizens and immigrants alike, and the reaffirmation of organizations rooted in racism. Amid political turmoil, leadership means defining our core values and keeping them as a compass to move forward. In these moments of fear, we need leadership that is inclusive, networked, and collective.  read more »

Resources for Grassroots Leadership From The Community Connections Grant Program

In the past, we’ve highlighted the work of Community Connections as a model for us to learn from. We even worked together to host our last Creating Space together. As many of you may recall, Community Connections works to empower communities to create change by granting funds to local projects. Their model requires community-led proposal analyses via panels. They grant on average between $500-$5,000 for projects and these seed funds, in turn, create avenues for nontraditional leadership development. Being on the ground, Community Connections develops individuals and teams as part of whole communities. They meet individuals where they are and respond quickly to the needs of six specific neighborhoods in Detroit, Michigan. read more »

 
 
 

Update Your Racial Justice Toolkit

For what may feel like the first time in decades, race is at the center of a national conversation. Many credit social media as one of the reasons more and more of us are instantly aware of racially-charged injustices. 
 
Many are now talking about solutions to systemic racism. For instance, Shaun King has proposed solutions for police brutality in a series of 25 articles. However, as long as those charged with creating and enforcing these systems continue to embody the remnants of racism, these injustices will always resurface. How can we keep this from happening? This week, the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) proposed that this change must happen collectively from “everyday leaders.”
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Seeking Everyday Opportunities To Be Network-Like

In the past few days, I have been a part of conversations with groups who are working to address racial injustices both locally and nationally. Interestingly regardless of scale, one of the recurring themes heard during these meetings centered on the tension between a network mindset and an organizational mindset. These groups are not the only ones talking about this; I’ve heard many different conversations embark on these same around partnership in the leadership development field.

I personally find that it’s helpful to identify these tensions to make informed decisions that truly align with our stated intent and values. However, this tension seems to come up in the most unexpected ways, so here is a short cheat sheet to help you know when you might be in the middle of one these conversations and decision points.

Here are some of the things you might start to hear in the room:

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An Update : The Next Frontier For The Leadership Learning Community

It has been four months since LLC has gone virtual. As you may recall, at the end of March, LLC decided to give up our Oakland office and have our staff work from home. As promised, we thought now might be a good time to share what we have learned during this process.

 

The Scoop

 

Working remotely has had several advantages. As an organization, our overhead is much much lower, individually our daily commute time has significantly decreased,which means less time stressing over traffic. Though there are core hours we commit to daily, there are times when we each may need some flexibility and we are easily and smoothly able to transition between work and life. For example, when we were all able to walk to our voting sites for the primaries for a few minutes and return to work quickly without any added commute.

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