ACTION LETTERS

Over nearly two decades of coaching, advocating and overcoming institutional challenges, we have grown through the wisdom of our mentors and community. Now, we publish these resources so that you can access them for your team.

Read on to explore the archives of our Ideas to Action Letters, catalogued and labeled by main subject and important themes.

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043 Introducing the Ideas to Action Field Guide

I started to understand that what we have is a mapping of a different terrain for learning–this represents a liberatory landscape. The field guide offers different ways of connecting power, spirit, identity, body and knowledge...

042 Love Technologies

In a meeting I had just a few days before going into quarantine, a valued colleague shared C. Wright Mills’s idea of sociological imagination. When I heard it, I wasn’t thinking at all about Covid-19. I was imagining all the ways...

041 Wrestling with Compassion

A light bulb went off over my head when a friend said, “I realized I can get crushed, pinned down under a person twice my size and be totally okay. I can adjust, accept and move on." Now that's a paradigm shift I could use...

040 The search for self-interest

When you live in a Super Tuesday state like Maine, February is not only a month blessed with reflections on Black History. It’s a funnel through which to reflect on the decision-making skills of our fellow...

039 Ending self-censorship; Believing in our freedom

Many years ago, I learned an adage that has proven itself time and time again in my life: What you focus on grows. We often think about this phrase in the personal realm: If I focus on...

038 A person walks into a bar + says: I don't need to unders

“We’ve done our work for 15 years without a focus on racial equity and had success. So why should we make this core to our work now?” This was the primary question put...

037 On Organizational Trauma

Hmmmmmmm. Do I want to be right or do I want to be free? Now, that's a tough one. Sometimes I really, reallllllllllly want to be right. I want everyone to see things the way I see them. Wanting to be right is really about...

036 On Misogyny

I had this cool idea for a podcast: "Yo, that's misogyny!" Inspired by the evergreen, "Yo, is this racist?", each week I and my cohost, Margaret Cho, would dissect that week's latest assault on people...

035 Breaking/Beginning/Faith

There's nothing like moving through public scrutiny, racist attacks, and difficult electoral loses to slap one (me) into questioning who you are and who you want to be. This summer I wrote about my...