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Celebrating Black History Month: An Interview with Fania Davis

In honor of Black History Month, LLC staff took a field trip to the Oakland Museum to see the Black Panther Party exhibit and celebrate Oakland’s rich history.  There was a sign in the exhibit that caught my attention:

 

Toward the Future

 

Consider how current social issues relate to the conditions that demanded the creation of the Black Panther Party fifty years ago. The Party no longer exists as an organization. However, their ideas and spirit live on in former Panthers and generation of new artists, community organizers and citizens who will help to determine the future.

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The Year of Creating Space

This year, in response to the current environment and the need for a significant uptake in racial justice leadership, we are departing from the traditional format for Creating Space, LLC’s national meeting. Creating Space has been a space for people engaged in leadership development to meet over several days to harvest learning across their experiences, share resources and build meaningful connection.

 

Our purpose this year will be to build greater awareness, access to resources and capacity among leadership development organizations about the opportunity and need to help their participants strengthen their knowledge, skills, connections and tools for contributing to social and racial justice.

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Uncovering Hope in the Dark: The How We Gather Gathering By Bidisha Banerjee

The original Greek meaning of the word ‘apocalypse,’ has the sense of an uncovering claims Reverend Jen Bailey, a young elder in the African Methodist Episcopalian church, and founding executive director of the Faith Matters Network, which helps faith leaders address structural inequality in their communities. Bailey traces this uncovering to a “rupture at the very heart of our democracy…rooted in the deep paralysis of anxiety and disparate visions for our collective futures,” and “an inability to process death of bodies and institutions.” Suggesting that this is a moment of “calling in” for “those of us at the margins who are rightly fearing for our lives,” she calls for brave spaces where we can “thicken relationships” and hold each other lovingly accountable to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community that bridges differences of race, religion, gender, and class. [see On Being blog]

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Colorlines: How Kids, Women and Men of Color Showed Up for the Women's March on Washington

Originally Posted By Colorlines
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How Kids, Women and Men of Color Showed Up for the Women's March on Washington

At the massive, historic gathering in D.C. we found expressions of resistance, determination and even joy. 

Video Tiye Rose. Introduction by Akiba Solomon  

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017 | The Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health

 

LLC worked on the evaluation for Cohort 1. We encourage you to share the following invitation far and wide.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017

The Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health

 

Calling all local public health officers – apply now!

 

 

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit and select 20 teams for Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH). ELPH is a leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health leaders advance innovative models which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities. Teams of two co-leaders will embark on an 18-month, action-oriented experience. They will focus on the development and implementation of a “transformative concept” that shifts or expands the capacity of their local health department. Participating leadership teams will receive coaching, education, and up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership skills and competencies in the development and implementation of their concept.

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MAR-L: An Innovative Approach to Recruiting Fellows

Several years ago LLC had the opportunity to evaluate the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR-L). It was an important evaluation that laid some groundwork for a research project we initiated the following year to explore the topic of ‘Leadership and Large Scale Change.’  We were inspired by MAR-L. MAR-L set itself apart from many other leadership programs because they were not content to simply focus on building the leadership capacity of young entrepreneurial conservation leaders, which itself would have been an important endeavor. They were also willing to ask tough questions about whether the investment in young people and their projects was making a difference in the health of the reef. Ultimately, most leadership programs are serving some larger purpose, and because of the challenges of understanding the contributions of their leadership development work to larger scale changes, most programs focus primarily on the ways in which participants of programs believe they have benefited. This is starting to change, and we are excited to be part of evaluating programs that tell a different story about the ways in which leadership development programs are supporting changes in the lives of people, and the planet.

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Announcing $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund & Webinar (January 2017)

We are excited to announce an LLC $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund to activate learning about leadership supports that contribute to racial healing and advance racial equity. 

We are supporting the Seed Fund through a core operating grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We plan to fund 4-5 seed fund projects ranging between $4,000 - 8,000.  There are two things you can do right now.

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LLC Webinar | Racial Equity and Inclusion Within Leadership Development Spaces: A Virtual Workshop

January 31, 2017

10:00 am -11:00 am Pacific

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

 

In October 2016, Patrick Brown, Director of the Leadership Academy at Greenlining Institute organized a workshop on racial equity in leadership development for the Living the Next Economy Conference in Oakland. The presenters, Patrick Brown, Renato Almanzor, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities,  and Deborah Meehan, Leadership Learning Community recently decided to recreate the workshop virtually for you in a format that will include breakout discussions, embodiment practices and the use of story.

 

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Mindfulness Matters | The Tree of Contemplative Practices

If you missed our interview with Patrick Brown from Greenlining last month please check it out. He described the way in which as the Director of the Leadership Academy, he brings a number of contempletive practices into all of their leadership work. He described the benefits of different practices to those engaged in leadership. We are including another resource as a complement to Patrick interview.  The link to the Tree of Contempletive Practices creates a scheme for understanding the different types of practices with more detailed descriptions.  We hope you find it helpful.

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Following Up On Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity

We were heartened by the response to the “Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity” webinar with over 540 registrants.  This is even more significant after a year of divisive elections in which fear or anger was expressed and generated towards whole groups of people based on religion, race, sexual orientation and gender. There can be little doubt that we are profoundly in need of leaders who can bridge these divides with an understanding of why and how opportunities have been historically distributed in this country in ways that have unfairly disadvantaged people of color and low income white people. Leadership programs have a historic opportunity to help leaders build their confidence and capacity to see, name and address the underlying white privilege and its consequences, opening up a different kind of society based on belonging, fairness, and equity.

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