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.

Board development


Beyond Political Correctness: Building a Diverse Board

Discover three strategies that may help board members better embrace diversity and create more inclusive environments.

Recruiting a Stronger Board: A BoardSource Toolkit
Tools & Resources

Diversity in Nonprofit Board Governance

Explore the importance of diversity in nonprofit board governance, as well as a research paper on the role that racial diversity plays in nonprofit governance.

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

If Your Board Looked Like Your Community

In this article, staff and board members weigh in on common hurdles related to board diversity and how to overcome them.


A Fresh Look at Diversity and Boards

Engage your board to develop their thinking and planning around board diversity.

Blue Avocado
Report Review

Does your Board Foster Inclusivity?

Explore perspectives and solutions for making radical shifts toward functional and social inclusivity of a board.

Tools & Resources

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Access curated resources that illustrate effective thinking and practical advice for boards on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity.


Nonprofit Roles & Responsibilities

Better understand when roles and responsibilities of executive directors and board chairs are separate and/or shared.

Joan Garry Consulting


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