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.

Feminism

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

13 Must Reads for the Black Feminist in Training

Discover 13 books about the history and culture of black women.

Ashley Ford, Buzzfeed
Syllabus

Lemonade Syllabus

Discover over 200 resources celebrating black womanhood. Resources range from fiction classics, black feminist theory, inspirational and self-help guides, music, and more.

Candice Benbow
Blog

The Intersectional Woman’s Reading List

Read real-life stories from 11 young women who are tackling head-on the issues of race, gender, and class.

Doree Shafrir, BuzzFeed
Video

Brass Tacks: On Feminism and Misogyny

Explore the evolution of the terms “feminism” and “misogyny” and how we may or may not relate to their true meanings.

Up With Community
Link

Everyday Feminism

The Everyday Feminism website strives to maintain a respectful, engaging, and thoughtful community of feminists who are supportive of each other's marginalized identities and experiences.

Everyday Feminism
Link

The works of bell hooks, a primer

Get to know the works of writer bell hooks with this introduction by Brandie DeRusha.

Book Riot
Link

5 books by Audre Lorde everyone should read

Audre Lorde deemed herself a "black feminist lesbian mother poet." Years before Professor Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term "intersectionality," Lorde's poetry and prose embody the theory. Lorde uses her story of personal survival to reveal inconvenient truths about the marginalization of oppressed people.

For Harriet
Book

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua
Topic

Topic: Feminism

See all resources in our library related to feminism.

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Book

Womanist Reader The First Quarter Century

Charting the course of womanist theory from its genesis as Alice Walker’s African-American feminism, through Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi’s African womanism and Clenora Hudson-Weems’ Africana womanism, to its present-day expression as a global, anti-oppressionist perspective rooted in the praxis of everyday women of color, this interdisciplinary reader traces the rich and diverse history of a quarter century of womanist thought.

Layli Phillips

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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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