We support people to conduct an honest examination and courageous reflection of how institutional racism and White supremacy culture may be showing up in their organizations. We guide organizations on a journey of learning and strategic planning to implement cultural and structural changes that advance racial equity and build what we call a regenerative and liberatory culture.
Regenerative and liberatory cultures commit to equity, uphold sovereignty, promote interdependence, facilitate healing, and ultimately catalyze the regeneration of ever more life on this planet. For this reason, we define the practice areas of our work based on these five qualities of a regenerative and liberatory culture.
We never work on just one practice area alone as the practice areas are intimately intertwined. Our projects always address elements of all five practice areas.
Recognizing that anti-Black and anti-indigenous racism is the bedrock of systemic inequality in the United States, we work with organizations to dismantle systemic racism and build new systems that advance intersectional racial equity for Black, indigenous, and people of color’s access to land, resources, wealth, power, justice, care, joy, pleasure, and health.
- Trained organizations to deepen their understanding of systemic racism, develop an anti-racist mindset, and apply a racial equity lens to their analysis and decision-making
- Helped craft policies and practices in urban planning, arts and culture, and various other sectors that build the power of people of color and advance equitable outcomes
- Trained white people to give up oppressive power and supremacy ideology, engage in generative conversations on race, and form liberatory relationships across race and other group differences
- Helped organizations follow the leadership of Black, indigenous, and people of color in practicing solidarity and liberation
- Trained individuals to strengthen their racial equity competencies
In this practice area, we reflect on how individuals’ identities and social positions shape how they participate, resist, and are complicit in structures of power, privilege, and oppression.
Sovereignty is inextricably linked to equity, since having equitable access to land, resources, wealth, power, justice, care, joy, pleasure, and health naturally facilitates one’s ability to live one’s life freely. We work with organizations and communities to assert the right of oppressed peoples to participate in our society with sovereignty and agency.
- Advanced the right of low-income and communities of color to self-determination in urban planning and development processes
- Asserted the cultural sovereignty of BIPOC, transgender and gender non-conforming artists in American art schools and art institutions
- Guided social and environmental justice organizations in adopting an interspecies solidarity lens so that their social justice work is advancing collective liberation for all living things
- Advocated for the economic mobility and agency of poor and low-income people in our economies
- Helped build workplace cultures that promote the autonomy of all employees and equip managers to provide identity-affirming and equity-informed supervision to employees with oppressed identities
In this practice area, we address issues of disenfranchisement, marginalization, exclusion, micromanagement, top-down planning and other dynamics that deny sovereignty.
A regenerative and liberatory culture operates on a web of power-with, rather than power-over, relationships among people and between humans and our more-than-human kin. Power-with relationships are rooted in being relational, not transactional, and thus favor inclusion and reciprocity. We support people to design organizational structures made up of democratic relationships that support interdependence and pluralism.
- Supported individuals and communities to develop reciprocal relationships with the land so that the relationships are regenerative to all living things
- Catalyzed the formation of partnerships, networks, and alliances between organizations rooted in mutual aid and solidarity
- Developed and helped organizations implement effective collaborative team practices
- Guided the transition towards decentralized leadership in historically hierarchical organizations
- Designed more transparent and accountable communication and decision-making practices within organizations
In this practice area, we challenge our extractive relationship to land, individualistic competition, scarcity mindset, and power-hoarding behavior.
People who are in transition towards a regenerative and liberatory culture will need to heal from past trauma, and learn the art of healing and generative conflict as a normative part of living in a pluralist, interdependent society. We utilize an eco-somatic lens and ritual practices drawn from Chinese-indigenous and other traditions to facilitate spaces that make it possible for individuals and groups to experience healthy conflict engagement, healing, and growth.
- Provided coaching to Black, indigenous, and people color to support their personal liberation from internalized oppression, shame, fear, guilt, and rage
- Facilitated truth and reconciliation gatherings and other safer spaces where multi-racial groups can engage in generative racial conflict, achieve justice, and repair relationships
- Organized grief circles to support people to grieve loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, racial violence, and ecological destruction
- Facilitated land-people healing rituals that supported the healing of lands that have been polluted or degraded and the humans that live on such lands who have been harmed or made sick from the ecological destruction
- Trained groups to hold difficult conversations, distinguish between conflict and abuse, and better appreciate the roles that consent, boundaries, and accountability play in maintaining healthy group dynamics
In this practice area, we examine oppressive dynamics that further cause trauma and prevent healing including conflict avoidance and conflict aggression, conflating discomfort with danger, and evading accountability and self-critical reflection.
Regeneration and being regenerative speak to living things’ wondrous, intrinsic ability to create conditions on this planet that are conducive to ever more life as well as to the enjoyment of life. Regeneration is therefore intricately related to healing and interdependence. We support people to develop practices and relationships of care that nourish fulfilling lives, thriving communities, and fertile lands.
- Guided organizations to build a regenerative workplace culture in which employees can experience rest and replenishment, self-actualization, and joy in their work
- Coached leaders on regenerative leadership so that they can build organizations in which abundant leadership is found at all levels of the organization, rather than being concentrated in a few formal, senior positions
- Facilitated community planning processes that engaged communities to imagine built environments, foodways, economies, and health systems based on the principles of care and cooperation
- Supported organizations and communities to examine speciesist and human supremacist thinking in their “sustainability” and “greening” efforts so that they are able to build relationships with the living world rooted in reciprocity and renewal.
- Worked with Black, indigenous, and people of color to heal from centuries of land dispossession and estrangement and reconnect with the land as a basis for collective regeneration and liberation.
In this practice area, we confront grind culture and martyrdom that lead to burnout in nonprofit and movement spaces, the valuing of profit over people and planet, human-centrism that shapes how people relate to nature, and other capitalist values and practices that destroy or degrade life on the individual, communal, and ecological levels.