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 multiracial 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.

Book

Racially Mixed People In America

America has been the breeding ground of a biracial baby boom for the past 25 years. Unfortunately, there has been a dearth of information regarding how racially mixed people identify and view themselves and how they relate to one another. Racially Mixed People in America steadily bridges this gap.

Maria P P Root
Book

Multiracial Experience Racial Borders as the New Frontier

In her bold new edited volume, The Multiracial Experience, Maria P. P. Root challenges current theoretical and political conceptualizations of race by examining the experience of mixed-race individuals, articulating questions that will form the basis for future discussions of race and identity.

Maria P P Root
Article

Embodied Resistance: Multiracial Identity, Gender, and the Body

The title explains it all. This article explains why white people struggle to understand racism.

Gabrielle G. Gonzales, Social Sciences journal
Article

Race as an Open Field: Exploring Identity beyond Fixed Choices

The title explains it all. This article explains why white people struggle to understand racism.

Paul R. Croll and Joseph Gerteis, SAGE journals
Book Chapter

Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic: Mulatto Devils and Multiracial Messiahs

A plan for establishing "Swirl Chapters" to help unite and solidy the mixed peoples of the U.S. and Canada.

Daniel McNeil

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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.

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