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Submitted by Miriam Persley on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 15:03
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.
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:40
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.
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:21
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.
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 13:15
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 »
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:58
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 »
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 16:41
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 »
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:12
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.”read more »
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 15:23
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:
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:21
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.
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.
Submitted by Miriam Persley on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:03
Beth Tener and Carole Martin presented ways of transitioning our organizations into a network mindset. They presented applicable tools to transform any organization. They answered many questions live, however, here are a few more questions that they were able to dive deeper into. If you missed the webinar you can watch the recording and view the slides. Beth and Carole also share more resources in this blog.