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.

Facilitation

On the art and science of bringing people together for shared thinking.

Guide

Facilitation Skills

A chart of skills, examples and descriptions for facilitating meetings related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Social Justice Training Institute
Example

Facilitator Prep Questions

Questions to consider when planning to facilitate meetings around diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Training

Terminology & Underlying Assumptions for Facilitating Productive Conflict

A quick list of terminology and assumptions to address while facilitating events that will foster productive conflict.

TRICO
Workbook

Basic Facilitation Workbook

Explore the role of a facilitator and learn basic skills and tools for collaborative practices.

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Training

Effective Meetings Training

This outline for a two-hour training on how to facilitate effective meetings will get your team ready to collaborate.

Take Action MN
Example

Facilitation Training

This link lets you review a full agenda from TRICO’s Facilitation Training for Social Justice Education seminar.

TRICO
Resource

Fast Five for Facilitation

Discover the five guidelines for successful meeting preparation and facilitation.

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Guide

Intro to Facilitation Manual

This manual is an introductory guide with step-by-step direction of facilitation.

Northeast Action
Guide

Running Meetings Using Consensus

A step-by-step guide of a training/group exercise for running meetings using consensus.

Northeast Action
LINK

League - ACT!

Link to several resources on facilitation training and techniques, as well as power mapping.

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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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