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.

Somatics

External website

generative somatics

Discover using somatics for organizing, movement building, and action. Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. The term is used in movement therapy to signify approaches based on the soma, or "the body as perceived from within.” The generative somatics organization uses modern techniques and knowledge around this body connection to support social and climate justice movements in achieving their visions of a radically transformed society.

Generative Somatics
Article

generative somatics: The Approach

Learn more about somatics and the approach which the generative somatics organization takes to create lasting change–a change born and based in an individual’s body, but which has the power to extend to society at large.

Somatics and Trauma
Article

Introduction to generative somatics

A brief introduction to somatics as a methodology of individual and collective transformation.

Somatics 4 Activism
Book

Kundalini Yoga - A Journey thru the Chakras with Ana Brett & Ravi Singh

What we typically call yoga today are practices that have been distilled by British, German and American people who have taken elements of diverse cultural and religious practices from throughout India. Of all the yogic practices we’ve tried, we find Kundalini yoga offers the most comprehensive set of exercises to improve the work we do in the world. This is a practice that had an Indian guru founder but has largely been refined and codified by white people who have valued these practices. The two resources here are ones that we find to be the least exotifying and extractive.

Ana Brett & Ravi Singh
Tools & Resources

Kundalini Yoga

Understand and practice Kundalini Yoga with this compendium of videos.

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