The Ideas to Action Field Guide provides a map of adult learning resources that can improve team learning and transformation projects - building lasting structural change.

We’ve gathered insights from over 15 years of supporting team growth and systemic impact. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share back the tools and resources we have found most useful for successful project design.

The Field Guide is structured around the phases of adult learning that support creativity, increased impact and freedom: Awareness, Analysis, Action and Accountability. (Check out our deeper dive on adult learning here.) Moving through these phases can weave together the individual, team, and community change necessary for structural equity and justice.

This is not a linear progression. Rather, it is a cycle that teams consistently move through during healthy growth and development. Your organization may be anywhere in this process. Our hope is that the field guide helps you strengthen the place you are in, and begin to imagine your next step.

We encourage you to check out some of the incredible teachers we have learned with, including but not limited to: Abundance Leadership Consulting, Bending the Arc Strategies, Building Movement Project, Center for Popular Democracy, Change Elemental, Colorlines, Equity in the Center, Dr. Barbara Love, Nicole Thomas Consulting, OpenSource Leadership Strategies, People’s Action, Race Forward, Race to Lead, Racial Equity Tools, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Social Transformation Project, The Management Center.

Field Guide tools can be used to prepare for a training, assessment or new workshop series. They can also be used to support the integration or implementation of learning after a report or learning activity. You will see tools or exercises you’ve already begun to implement, and we hope you’ll find additional supports to add to your pack for the journey ahead.

We stand on the shoulders of all of our teachers. We are grateful to everyone that has made their tools and resources publicly available on this site. We have not created most of the tools and resources you will find here, but rather compiled, organized and connected them in a way that we hope offers new and more effective methods of designing change projects.

If there are tools you find useful, we encourage you to seek out the authors and engage their services or support their work in the world.

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Welcome to the Ideas to Action Field Guide, where we've collected hundreds of resources for improving team learning and transformation projects. Click the video above to learn more.


Up With Community is a practice to help individuals and teams grow through transformational experiences of their own power and love; increasing their impact and orienting them towards creativity, equity and freedom.

Giving thanks: We share these resources with gratitude to all of our teachers and with appreciation for the value they have brought us. 

The field guide is a living resource that we are consistently adding to. We receive no payment or kickbacks from contributors for sharing. Access and use of these resources should be done at one’s own discretion. 

If you see a resource you like, we strongly encourage you to reach out to the author and support their work in the world through contributions, donations, or by hiring them. One goal of this guide is to expand the circle of connections for powerful justice and equity work in the world.
Coming soon: A searchable list of contributors to make it easier to support members of the Field Guide.

Have a resource to add? We continue to expand the resources we can share. If you have a tool, resource or link you would like to share through the Field Guide, please email us: research@upwithcommunity.org.

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