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 White 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.

Article

Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

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

Huff Post
Resources

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Access to resources that may help transform your social justice habits, such as dealing with issues of power, privilege, and leadership.

Debby Irving
Tool

Ally Bill of Responsibilities

Learn and share what it means and what it takes to be an ally in the face of cultural differences with this displayable poster.

Dr. Lynn Gehl
Book

Waking Up White

Learn about Debby Irving’s struggle to understand racism and racial tensions. Maybe you’ll even explore your own racialized ideas.

Debby Irving
Outline

The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter Framing

Dissect the depth of unconscious racism in the white community through this summary.

Joe R. Feagin
Guide

Guidelines for Being a Strong White Ally

Explore some basic ways white people can be a strong(er) ally to people of color.

Racial Equity Tools
LINK

Christopher Petrella

Access whiteness and racial justice literature by Christopher Petrella, a lecturer in American Cultural Studies at Bates College.

Boston Review
Resources

White Allyship Resources

Connect with additional resources related to being a white ally.

Various sources
Book

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.

Robin DiAngelo
GUIDE

Building White Resiliency

Craig White defines 'white resiliency' as the flip side of white fragility: the ability to recognize, talk about and respond to racism for people who carry a racially privileged identity. This one-page guide explains white resiliency, clarifies its importance and offers ways for white people to expand their resiliency.

Craig White of Craig White Consulting

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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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