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.

Improving strategic thinking

Change projects help us look at the world differently and think differently. This calls us to improve our ability to think, individually and collectively.

Curriculum

Ways of Knowing (Theory of Knowledge)

Here's an academic crash course into some simple concepts that can help us think more strategically.

TOK Resource
Framework

Ladder of Inference: How to Avoid Jumping to Conclusions

This structure may help turn everyday inquiries into decision and actions.

Mindtools
Video

Cognitive Dissonance

Learn about the complex topic of “cognitive dissonance,” and how people deal with it.

Social Psych Online
Report

The Effort Effect

Explore your outlook on “ability.” Can it be developed?

Stanford Magazine
Framework

Growth Mindset Infographic

Explore how our mindsets lead us to certain responses and results.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Strategic planning

When starting a project with a new team, the first item we always ask for is their strategic plan. The stronger the base of a strategic plan, the stronger a foundation for learning.
Framework

Strategic (And Successful!) Planning

This framework may help optimize your strategic planning process.

Just Works Consulting
Toolkit

Strategy and Planning Toolkit

This toolkit may help you with effective strategic thinking and ultimately with strategic planning.

Rockwood Leadership Institute
Guide

VAST Strategic Campaign Plan Outline

VAST: Vision, Assessment, Strategy, Tactics. This document is helpful in thinking through a strategic campaign plan.

Bending the Arc Strategies
Framework

VAST Integrated Campaign Model

VAST: Vision, Assessment, Strategy, Tactics. A useful model for strategic planning.

Bending the Arc Strategies

Emergent strategies

We are grateful for Adrienne Maree Brown’s work on emergent strategy, and have found it a useful starting point for many projects.
article

Creating Breakout Innovation

Understand why and how to move toward open, crowdsourced, user-driven strategies, also known as co-creation.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)
Book

Emergent Strategy

Powell’s City of Books

GROW COMMUNITY

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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