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

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

UWC Resources


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Trainings for understanding power

Martin Luther King, Jr., defined power as the ability to achieve purpose. Each of these trainings offer teams important tools for understanding how to build and organize power for systems change.

Training Resource

Rockwood Leadership Institute

Using power effectively means having difficult conversations, dealing with stress and challenging emotions, as well as planning and collaborating effectively. This material will help to hone those skills.

Rockwood Leadership Institute
Training Resource

Midwest Academy

Resources from a national training institute focused on progressive movements for social justice.

Midwest Academy
Training Resource

The Management Center

Training to help leaders working for social change build and run more effective organizations.

The Management Center
Training Resource

Race Forward: Racial Justice Trainings

A collection of interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity.

Race Forward
Training Resource

Racial Equity Institute

Offering racial equity workshops, trainings, presentations, and consultations.

Racial Equity Institute
Training Resource

Types of Coalition Solidarity

A quick but comprehensive glance at the six types of solidarity, their principles, and examples of each.

Bending the Arc Strategies
Training Resources

Resources from community organizing trainings attended by Nicola

Check out this folder full of training materials on community organizing from events that Nicola has attended or been inspired by.

Various Sources
Book Excerpt

The Three Types of Power

A brief but thorough review of three different types of power.

Starhawk's Truth or Dare
Learning Module

Racial Equity Learning Module: Power Analysis

Exploring power, how it’s implemented, and how it may be dismantled through critical thinking.

The Praxis Project


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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