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.

Class

Here we explore the identifications that determine our governmental, economic and social outcomes.

* This concept remains under construction as we continue to add resources and tools to the field guide. If you have a link or tool to share, please email us at research@upwithcommunity.org and we’ll check it out.

Book

Missing Class

Many activists worry about the same few problems in their groups: low turnout, inactive members, conflicting views on racism, overtalking, and offensive violations of group norms. But in searching for solutions to these predictable and intractable troubles, progressive social movement groups overlook class culture differences.

Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Movement Groups
Book Chapter

Chapter 5: Building a Real Democracy

Why is inequality a fundamental problem within democracy? Learn about how to work toward shared economic prosperity.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity
Book Chapter

Chapter 3: The Causes of Inequality: Why has Inequality Grown?

Better understand how values in the business sector have led to a power shift in democracy, causing the growth of inequality in America.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity
Guide

Leading During Traumatic/Triggering Events

How can we effectively lead and manage when the inevitable crisis or hardship occurs?

Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness Consulting
Website

The 1619 Project - The New York Times

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

The New York Times

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