Real change requires individual and community action.
Here are some organizations and resources that help me find my center.
"Pedagogy of the Oppressed" (free online text) | Paulo Freire's concept of praxis plays a key role in my approach to volunteerism, and his grounding in love is foundational for me.
"Introducing Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practices in Public Services: Rhetoric to Practice" | One of those foundational documents that grounds me, challenges me, and reminds me of my values.
Building Movement Project | BMP's Race to Lead project reported on racial equity gaps within the nonprofit sector. This report, their tools, and their trainings, have been useful for my organizations' and my own equity journeys.
"Healing Communities Through Kinship" | I saw Father Greg Boyle speak at the United Way Worldwide 2018 Western Regional Conference and will never forget his lesson on our shared dignity and radical kinship.
Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere - Los Angeles | AWARE-LA's principles and model align strongly with my values as an anti-oppressive social worker, and regularly inform my interactions and equity efforts.
"How Great Leaders Inspire Action" | I probably reference this Simon Sinek TED Talk and the Golden Circle weekly, because if we don't take the time to understand our Why, we risk seriously botching our How and What.
Coaching for Leaders (podcast) | Every episode is a masterclass on leadership, organizational change, self-awareness, etc. Dave Stachowiak is also an incredible interviewer. After every podcast, I feel more curious, grounded, and confident in my own leadership.
Julie Ordoñez | One of my north stars when it comes to my major gifts philosophy. Her thesis: we must have the courage to be bold, the self-awareness to ask for what we need, and the skills to meet donors where they're at.
Los Angeles restaurants I love, plus a long list of ones to check out.
Podcasts on regular rotation:
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