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.

Toolkits

These toolkits are designed to help you put the mindset of this section into action. With these tools, we can work toward a fair and equal society where each individual matters, their rights are recognized and protected and decisions are made that are fair and honest.

Report

A New Way Forward: Bringing an Equity Lens to the Work of Reducing the Influence of Money in our Democracy

Review the impact made toward power building for communities and leaders of color, young people, LGBTQ+ populations, and women, while reducing the power and influence of special interests on our political and judicial systems for the long term.

Proteus Fund
Guide

Racial Equity Resource Guide

Discover practical resources to help organizations and individuals achieve health and equity in their communities.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Toolkit

Racial Equity Toolkit

Receive guidance in the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, initiatives, and programs to address racial inequity.

The City of Seattle
Toolkit

Strategies and Activities for Reducing Racial Prejudice and Racism

Be more productive in working together to build healthy communities and reduce racial prejudice and racism.

Community Tool Box
Toolkit

Diversity Toolkit: Social Justice

Discover basic information on social justice and strategies, tools, and suggestions for finding more resources.

National Education Association (NEA)
Activity

Privilege Walk Lesson Plan

Conduct the Privilege Walk activity to highlight the complicated intersections of privileges and marginalization within a group.

Peace Learner
Activity

Privilege Bead Exercise

Conduct the Privilege Bead activity to explore how different social identity groups experience privilege.

Difference Matters
Resources

Resources for Discussing & Disrupting Racism

Discover resources on dealing with racism for various audiences.

Oakland Unified School District
External website

National Equity Project

Connect to various resources that explore the National Equity Project’s approach to achieving educational equity.

National Equity Project
Toolkit

Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups

Dive into this compilation of resources designed to dismantle racism.

Western States Center
Resources

POC Online Classroom

Explore various resources that are curated by and for people of color.

POC Online Classroom
External Website

Policy Link

Connect to additional resources and tools, including articles and toolkits.

Policy Link
Curriculum

Democracy Schools

Develop a Democracy School within your organization.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) & Center for Community Change (CCC)
Guide

Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Latino Leadership Initiative Workshop Guide

Discover the practice of leadership as enabling others to achieve purpose under conditions of uncertainty.

Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI)
Workbook

Racial Equity Workshop Phase I

Explore the foundations of historical and institutional racism.

Racial Equity Institute

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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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