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.

Exploring Black identities

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.

Framework

African American Racial Identity Development

This framework explores the stages and experiences that African Americans sometimes face as they develop of their identities.

Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
Framework

Racial Identity Development

Learn about the five stages that persons of color may experience when developing a racial identity, as well as the six stages that white people may experience. Another view of this resource is seen here.

Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom
Video

Being 12: "People Think I'm Supposed to Talk Ghetto, Whatever That Is."

Watch some straight talk from New York City middle-schoolers about race and what it’s like to grow up today.

WNYC
Resources

Black History Month Resources

Access endless resources, from information on historical figures to speeches and everything in between.

Various sources
website

BlackPAC

BlackPAC is an independent, Black-led organization that uses the power of year-round political engagement and elections to change our economic, justice, and political systems.

BlackPAC
Website

The 1619 Project

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
Website

The National Museum of African American History and Culture Library

The library’s primary mission is to provide support for the research, exhibition, and programmatic endeavors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It does this by collecting, preserving, and providing access to resources and scholarship in the subjects of African American history and culture.

NMAAHC
Book

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates how and why efforts to understand black people's history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate.

UNC Press

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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