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This field guide presents seven pathways designed to help teams on their journeys of learning and transformation.

Each pathway is goal-oriented, packed with tools to help you and your team. To dive in, select the pathway that matches your goal and choose a concept. You can also use the search bar or reach out to us at research@upwithcommunity.org.

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

UWC Resources


A problem is a sign of what is blocking our impact or progress—it is the symptom. An issue is the underlying cause of one or more problems that we can directly address. We must take time to fully understand our problems and issues, and the root causes of both in order to choose the most strategic focus for our learning.


Teams often begin change projects before they have clarified language, aligned their intent, and determined how a change project will connect to their larger strategic goals. Spending more time clarifying frameworks, developing personal and professional commitment to change, as well as better understanding the outcomes of the project will set a stronger foundation for success.


Major strategic initiatives need the solid foundation of a healthy organization to flourish. This includes effective internal communications, focused decision-making, useful performance evaluation, life-giving management, and conflict resolution.


Breaking the status quo and opening up new possibilities for equity and freedom in our work requires innovative experiments. Teams must ensure that all members have the ability to act on the vision and goals they are co-creating.


Our minds cannot move toward racial justice, equity or transformation if our bodies are not prepared for change. This pathway offers those preparations that we have found most beneficial to adult learning.


Explore the interviews, frameworks, templates and articles created and published by Up With Community. Some of these resources have been distributed by our team and others published by partner organizations. We continue to add to this collection regularly.


This field guide is not a walk through of a linear process. Rather it is a mapping of the terrain, the larger landscape of diverse paths for adult learning. We are cataloguing the different types of animals, trees, soils, and climate that you can encounter when embarking on a learning journey. We also map different iterative and interconnected paths you could walk to prepare for longer treks or deeper transformations.

A natural question would be: Where should I start?

Our response would be: This invitation. This is a map of a dense forest with many paths. Take a moment to reflect on the core questions in front of you, and then have a look around. Start in the place where your curiosity is most piqued.

There are incredible places to learn and grow through workshops, reports or trainings: Building Movement Project, Center for Popular Democracy, Change Elemental, Colorlines, Equity in the Center, People’s Action, Race Forward, Race to Lead, Racial Equity Tools, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Social Transformation Project, The Management Center, to name a few.

Teams that read reports, attend workshops or hold great trainings are often simultaneously: (1) inspired by new ideas and (2) challenged by the habits, practices, and behaviors needed to put this new knowledge into action. We call this challenge adult learning and that’s where Up With Community lives.

Up With Community created the Ideas to Action Field Guide, an organized collection of carefully selected tools and resources, to help teams successfully activate new ideas and knowledge. We find that when used in isolation, these tools are rarely effective; teams often need to follow one or more of the seven different pathways in order to achieve the desired outcome or action. That is why we have organized the resources we find useful into these pathways. Tools within each pathway build on and compliment each other and can often support learning across channels.

We stand on the shoulders of all of our teachers past, present and future. 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 learning and 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.

Want to learn more about the personal story behind the field guide? Click here.


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 in 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 for sharing. Access and use of these resources should be done at one’s own discretion. If you see a resource you like, we encourage you to reach out to the author.

Have a resource to add? We are always looking to expand the resources we can share. If you have a tool/resource/link you would like to share with UWC and its partners, please email us: research@upwithcommunity.org.

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