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.

Eating

Note: We honor that every body has unique needs vis-à-vis eating and nutritional health. The following are a few resources we have found useful. Hopefully these can inspire you to discover what your body needs.

TED Talk

What's wrong with what we eat

This fun but fiery discussion explores problems with our current, modern diets and explains how they are putting the entire planet at risk.

TED Talk - Mark Bittman
TED Talk

How the food you eat affects your brain

Learn how what you bite, chew and swallow has a direct and long-lasting effect on your brain.

TED Talk - Mia Nacamulli
TED Talk

You can grow new brain cells. Here's how

Yes! It’s possible for adults to grow new brain cells. But how exactly does that improve mood, increase memory formation and prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging?

TED Talk - Sandrine Thuret
Resource

Whole30

A comprehensive program to guide you in eating whole and unprocessed foods.

Whole30
Article

Nutrition basics

Fundamentals to help you evaluate and digest (har, har!) the latest nutrition research and advice.

Mayo Clinic
Article

What is Naturopathic Nutrition?

Learn about the practice of nutrition within the context of naturopathic medicine.

Naturopathic Nutrition Association
Tools & Resources

Food and Nutrition

Access dietary resources and guidelines based on the philosophy of traditional Ayurvedic Medicine.

The Ayurvedic Institute
Guide

Try a FODMAPs diet to manage irritable bowel syndrome

The name is a mouthful! The low FODMAPs diet seeks to decrease fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. But what are these substances and why does controlling them help in managing IBS?

Harvard Health Publishing

GROW COMMUNITY

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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