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Actualizing Freedom, Asserting Presence, Cultivating Power

This month has brought up a lot of emotions. Our country, still reeling from the losses in Florida, just witnessed the loss of  another person to police violence, Stephon Clark. With so much to carry, it can be difficult to create and be present in truly liberating spaces. Maybe because of these moments of deep sorrow, the the Empowering Womxn of Color Conference felt like sacred space.

 

I was immediately humbled by the offerings available for women to express and practice their leadership. Most of the sessions were facilitated and guided by young women of color to share tools and learning. I joined Af3irm SF’s session on Transnational Feminism that set the tone to learning more about the #MeToo movement.

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LLC Webinar Series | An Innovative Approach to Supporting the Leadership of People of Color

Earlier this month, we had a great webinar with the women of The WISE Network. Kenya McKnight presented on how leadership development can dismantle systemic racism. Leadership that comes from and for community creates lasting changes that transverse generations of oppression and inequity.

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LLC Webinar | Lessons from The Field: Leadership That Heals and Dismantles Systemic Racism

This past Tuesday, Vigilant Love shared how they’ve built community in Los Angeles to build resilient community. Vigilant Love started as a response Islamophobia after terrorist attacks in the US and here are some key lessons from their final report.

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The Action Learning Seed Fund’s Final Reports Next Month (November 2017)

2017 is quickly coming to a close. In mid January, we first announced our network’s Action Learning Seed Fund to support the leadership of people of color. At the time, LLC hoped that eight people would be able to join our selection committee to create eligibility criteria. To our humble surprise, 20 of you volunteered your time and in a matter of days we had a finalized application process, eligibility criteria, and even a selection and review process.

 

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Early Reflection on Creating Space

Last week, we were honored  to spend three days convening with 85 members of the LLC community in New Orleans. We discussed, analyzed, and practiced Freedom to Lead and Leading for Freedom. To hold the container for these conversations, we trusted that the design team and everyone present were all catalysts with stories, strategies, and the capacity to create solutions to dismantle systemic problems. Our time together was focused on sharing and listening to our experiences and holding a container for healing, and strategizing solutions.

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LLC Webinar | Network Structures: Innovative Governance and Decision-Making with June Holley

 

Many networks organize governance and operations with structures that mirror those of organizations:  governing boards, committees, and operations staff. Unfortunately, these structures have often been a bad fit with networks, leading to decreased involvement and engagement by network  participants who aren't on the governing board and shrinking network size and impact.

 

More and more networks are experimenting with and co-creating innovative network governance and structures that are self-organizing, encouraging and supporting the formation of collaborative circles for many or all of the operations and coordination functions of the network.

 

June Holley will share examples and offer several checklists and strategy worksheets to help your network determine if these new structures might be appropriate for them.

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9 Ways To Practice Racial Healing (August 2017)

This year LLC has been focusing on dismantling racial inequity and moving towards healing. With this goal in hand, earlier in the year we opened an Action Learning Seed Fund, and with your help, we selected three final projects. As part of this project, the recipients are also required to join four communities of practice bimonthly between inception and December. In January, you will all have the opportunity to hear directly from them. We will host webinars for each project to present their final report and share more about their process and allow you time to ask them questions directly.

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LLC Webinar Series | Tools for Network Mapping: How SNA maps can transform your work with Christine Capra & Tracy Kunkler

 

Social Network Analyses are often used to measure the progress of networks. Through the maps, you’re able to track how relationships propel the work and which relationships can be fostered further to catalyze energy and create the foundation for more experiments and harvest learning. Networked inherently means that not all individuals or organization know each other, but maps clarify where the gaps are and how to achieve deeper connectivity. However, this tool can feel allusive and expensive. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can implement this tool in your work and begin to create your own maps.

 

Christine and Tracy will introduce a new approach to network mapping, which builds on the benefits of classic SNA and has recently become available through the new mapping tools Kumu and sumApp. They will discuss how these new tools enable an approach wasn’t really possible using the old tools - which is more collaborative, engaging, emergent, more designed to follow the energy, enable greater transparency, and able to track network development over time. They will talk about the process of developing these new kinds of network maps, how the tools make the difference and how they fit together, and share some benefits of this new approach.

 

Tuesday July 25, 2017

10:00am -11:00pm Pacific | 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

 

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Creating Space: Freedom to Lead & Leading for Freedom

 

This year we are hosting Creating Space in New Orleans. Our design team (introduced last month) has been creatively engaged in designing a  space that fosters deep learning experience that invites courageous conversation, humble sharing and collective meaning making. Our theme this year is Freedom to Lead & Leading for Freedom; below we share the values and ideas that are shaping this year’s design. In the next month, we will share a working agenda and seek your input

 

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Confluence 2017: Valuing Humanity

Earlier this month, I was honored to join the Management Assistance Group’s Confluence: A Sharing Of Learning, Questions, & Dreams in Chicago, in Illinois. The Confluence centered around creating and exploring deep equity. We explored how to create Leaderful Ecosystems with the premise that this cannot happen without: 1. Engaging/Cultivating the the Broader Spectrum of Leadership; 2. Advancing and Intentionally Embodying Equity; 3. Flexing Across The Leadership Spectrum by Influencing Complex Systems Change; 4. Valuing Multiple Ways of Knowing; and 5. Creating the Space for Inner Work.

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