IDEAS TO ACTION FIELD GUIDE

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

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

Overview

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.

Overview

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.

Overview

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.

Overview

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.

Overview

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.

Overview

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.

Equity is a part of all missions–here’s why

Explore how your mission connects to equity, racial justice and other fights—whether or not it is explicitly stated.

Article

The Curb-Cut Effect

Explore how the Executive Director of Equity in the Center keeps equity at the center of their mission.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Blog

So, you think race, equity and inclusion aren't relevant to your mission?

A cheeky take on why equity, inclusion and diversity are a part of every organization's mission—whether or not it’s apparent.

Nonprofit AF
Blog

Seeing, Reckoning & Acting: A Practice Toward Deep Equity

Explore deep equity and what it takes to advance equity and liberation within organizations, networks and beyond.

Management Assistance Group (MAG)
Video

Brass Tacks: Telling the Truth About Equity with Kerrien Suarez

Explore how the Executive Director of Equity in the Center keeps equity at the center of their mission.

Up With Community
Article

Systems Change & Deep Equity: Pathways Toward Sustainable Impact, Beyond “Eureka!,” Unawareness & Unwitting Harm

This monograph illuminates essential dimensions of approaches to Systems Change, which are intimately connected with Deep Equity. It also offers ideas about how to bring racial — and other intersecting aspects of equity — more deeply and centrally into your systems change work.

Change Elemental
Article

Seeing, Reckoning & Acting: A Practice Toward Deep Equity

What transformation toward deep equity is and what it takes to advance equity and liberation (with a strong emphasis on racial equity), within our organizations, networks and beyond.

Change Elemental
Article

Systems Change with an Equity Lens: Community Interventions that Shift Power and Center Race

What does transformative systems change look like in the field? Where are we seeing real shifts in power and lasting transformation? What is different about the approaches led by people of color, women, immigrants and others groups who are leading this work and often on the periphery of dominant narratives about systems change?

Change Elemental
Article

Practicing the Elements of a Liberating Ecosystem

Continuous and synchronous attention to these elements is foundational to being in “right relationship” with change—to advancing transformation toward love, dignity and justice.

Change Elemental
Resources

Assessing Equity and Applying an Equity Commitment in Our Campaigns

As Erik writes, equity "is not a box to tick off... [it] is a practice." Here, Erik offers a set of tools that can be applied to campaigns, projects or general team work habits to keep the focus on equity.

Erik Peterson, Bending the Arc Strategies
E-Book

Where Does it Hurt? Health and Disharmony in Organizational Ecosystems

Here Ora Grodsky presents a framework for viewing organizational challenges and opportunities within the context of the four layers of organizational ecosystems. All of the layers are living subsystems within the ecosystem. And all living systems require tending over time to maintain or restore health. This framework can be used to understand how the different layers influence each other and the ecosystem as a whole, and to identify and design appropriate interventions to foster, create, or restore organizational harmony.

Ora Grodsky

Examples of equity work – understanding the field

Models for how to best design equity explorations.
Article

Five Elements of a Thriving Justice Ecosystem: Pursuing Deep Equity

Better understand “deep equity” and how to make a systematic shift toward it.

Management Assistant Group (MAG) through Non-Profit Quarterly (NPQ)
Case Study

Systemic Change and Equity

Understand systems thinking and why it is an essential skill for systemic change related to equity.

Equity-centered capacity building network (ECCBN)
Presentation

Equity in the Center: Data Walk Slides

Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) gaps in organizations and why these gaps persist.

Equity in the Center
Report

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture (Full Report)

Better understand the race equity cycle in the workplace and successful strategies for dismantling it.

Equity in the Center
Report

Building a Race Equity Culture in the Social Center

A resource for organizations interested in adopting a Race Equity Culture. This is an abbreviated version of the full report.

Equity in the Center
Website

Race to Lead

Learn about the racial leadership gap through data on the gap in race and leadership, and special reports that go in-depth on these issues.

Building Movement Project

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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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