Paradigm Shifts in an Age of Crises Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly,
In my community organizing and in my professional work life, I used to take those uncomfortable sensations–failure, embarrassment, missed opportunities–as a sign of my inadequacy and as a reason to quit. The blows are going to come, it’s what I do after them that counts.
On Grieving Last week as I was creating this framework for Strategic Thinking in a Long-Term Crisis, I came across a hole in our library of resources: grieving. Up With Community has tools and resources to share on trauma, but we were lacking supports to offer during the waves of grief, both overt and subtle, that are flowing through our communities right now. For me, rituals of grieving were something that I learned
Strategic thinking in a long-term crisis: One approach A note from Nico: When I went into quarantine with my family several weeks ago, I was speechless. I did not know what the moment needed from me or from Up With Community. So I opened my ears, eyes, hands and heart. We spent the next few weeks listening to partners in the field and exploring how we could be useful to our movements and communities in this moment.