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.

Gratitude

Tools & Resources

20 Ways to Practice Gratitude

Become inspired to practice the fine art of gratitude with this self-care tool.

Jodie Gale
Podcast

04 Practice: Real Gratitude with Rusia Mohiuddin

On this podcast, guest teacher Rusia Mohiuddin offers a hands-on lesson for increasing our capacity for gratitude. But heads up!, Mohiuddin keeps it real with some strong language, so this practice is marked “explicit.”

Healing Justice Podcast
Article

Gratitude as Ceremony: A Practical Guide to Decolonization

How do we stay grateful through difficult and challenging times? This article offers tips for keeping gratitude in our hearts, even when faced with adversity.

Kahsto'sera'a Paulette Moore, Tehahenteh Frank Miller
Tools & Resources

Gratitude Practice Explained

Use this tool to better understand gratitude, its personal and communal effects, and the benefits associated with cultivating this virtue.

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Tools & Resources

Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

Discover simple yet powerful ways to become happier.

Sarah Rudell Beach
Tools & Resources

Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

This is a scripted resource meant to help guide a personal meditation around gratitude and inner joy.

Jack Kornfield
Article

How "Gratitude" Underwrites Inequality, Power and Exclusion

Sometimes “gratitude” can become confused with “indebtedness,” making us less grateful and more resentful. This article may help to reframe gratitude in our minds, in order to make our feelings of gratefulness a source of positivity rather than negativity.

Eric C. Miller

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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.

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