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.

Social justice education

Work toward creating a fair and equal society where each individual matters, their rights are recognized and protected, and decisions are made that are fair and honest.

Article

Participatory Organizations, Patterns, Processes & Tools – An Overview & Taxonomy

Explore the variety of practices (skills, knowledge, processes, etc.) important for sharing work and achievements within a participatory organization.

Christopher Allen
Article

Five Faces of Oppression

Better understand oppression and how it affects humanity.

Iris Marion Young
Article

Resource Library of Social Justice Articles

Access numerous articles and resources to help with topics related to social justice.

Various sources
Article

Social Cognitive Theory: An Agentic Perspective

Discover how humans are becoming change agents of for own evolution.

Annual Review of Psychology
Book Report

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice

A briefing of valuable concepts and ideas related to identity and oppression through a social justice lens.

Maurianne Adams, et al
Book Chapter

The Cycle of Socialization

Explore socializing, how it happens, where it comes from, how it impacts our lives and more.

Maurianne Adams, et al
Book Chapter

The Cycle of Liberation

Discover a path to liberation, or “critical transformation,” by exploring patterns of events common to successful liberation efforts.

Maurianne Adams, et al
Book Chapter

Developing a Liberatory Consciousness

Discover a process to developing a liberatory consciousness and what to do when you are faced with situations of oppression.

Maurianne Adams, et al
Book Summary

White Supremacy Culture

Better understand how white supremacy culture manifests in organization and how to repair it.

Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups
Case Studies

Unrealized Impact

Explore how diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential ingredients to achieving equity and excellence.

Unrealized Impact
Framework

Transforming Institutional Values

Use this continuum on your journey to becoming an antiracist, multicultural institution that shares power among all social groups who hold stake.

Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training
Framework

Stages of Change

Explore the stages of change, including why we do or do not achieve desired changes.

Various sources
External Website

Allyship

Explore the definition, roles, and responsibilities of being an ally.

The Anti-Oppression Network
External Website

The Center for Racial Justice in Education

Explore a robust resource library of reading lists, reports, guides, and much more in various areas of work related to race and racial justice.

The Center for Racial Justice in Education
Video

26 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students

Consider perspectives different from your own and challenge your biases and prejudices by viewing these mini-films.

New York Times

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