Our consulting engagements often begin with a comprehensive equity assessment of a client organization or program. Our assessments take an in-depth look at an organization’s workplace culture, staff's equity competencies, internal functions, external programs, and supporting policies and systems to see where and how supremacy ideology and oppressive dynamics might be showing in an organization. We then find assets and opportunities for advancing equity and justice in the organization. Our assessment findings often inform our subsequent consulting, training, and facilitation activities.
Our consultants are in constant conversation with social justice thought leaders around the country and subsequently at the frontier of liberation discourse and practice. We leverage our network to conduct research on behalf of our clients to learn about the latest understanding and thinking on social justice issues and innovative strategies that organizations and communities can utilize to advance equity, regeneration, and liberation.
Equity Strategic Planning
Our strategic planning approach guides organizations through defining desired outcomes for social justice and equity and laying out a roadmap of strategies and tactical action steps for achieving such outcomes. We believe that process is just as important as the end product. Our strategic planning process strives to be inclusive of all stakeholders, centers the voices and leadership of Black, indigenous, and people of color, and catalyzes rich conversations in which questions are as important as the answers. This thoughtful process helps build trust and enables generative conflict and difficult conversations to take place. The result is a strategic plan that is nuanced and flexible while describing a clear path for change. Please note that we do not do general, organizational or programmatic strategic planning.
Equity Strategy & Policy Development
We advise organizations on the formulation and implementation of powerful strategies and policies that advance equity. Our approach to strategy and policy relies on a strong foundation of trust and leverages people’s intrinsic desire to see a free and just world. Rather than espouse superficial treatments and policies that will inevitably “sit on a shelf,” our strategy and policy development strives to catalyze cultural transformation of people’s hearts and minds and structural transformation of an organization’s management and operations.
Organizational & Program Design
We work closely with organizations to design organizational structures that are more aligned with their mission. We ensure that leadership and management structures, communication and decision-making processes, and conflict engagement protocols advance a regenerative and liberatory workplace culture. Similarly, we work closely with organizations to design external programs that advance the sovereignty of oppressed communities and shape relationships between the program staff and program participants rooted in interdependence and equity.
We provide on-call coaching and advisement to support organizations in implementing equity initiatives. We help organizations ensure every stakeholder’s participation, move at a pace that builds trust and safety, engage in generative conflict, and maintain transparent and accountable communication and decision-making.
We develop handy tools and guides that support organizations to continue their social justice learning and do their work in a more regenerative and liberatory way. These resources are completely customized to each organization’s needs. We have developed a wide variety of resources including project management tools, decision-making guides, conflict engagement guides, racial equity competency learning tools, social justice language handbook, social justice training modules, and guides to applying an equity lens to one’s work.
Language & Communication Development
Language is an important facet of social justice work because the words we use reflect our beliefs and attitudes. We know from experience that shaping language is a powerful leverage point for shaping people’s minds. We support members of an organization to articulate a shared vision, clarify their mission, and identify the values by which they work. We are partners in crafting language that accurately communicates an organization’s intentions in equity initiatives. We help develop shared vocabulary so that all members of an organization can better understand each other in their equity efforts.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Regenerative and liberatory work is deeply spiritual, relational and lifelong, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t measure our progress. We work with organizations and communities to develop manageable, easy-to-use systems for monitoring progress over time and evaluating the success and impact of their social justice efforts. We use outcome-based, not output-based, metrics so that we know we are measuring for real change. There are many different types of change at different levels of our society, so we use holistic, whole-system metrics that look at change on the levels of the individual, organization, community, and the land.
Retreats are a powerful way for a team to take a step back from their daily workload and engage in deep reflection and big-picture thinking. We design and facilitate retreats of all kinds from quarterly planning and strategy retreats to annual team development retreats. Our consultants are adept at facilitating both in-person retreats (when it’s safe to do so again) and virtual retreats in ways that inspire participants to engage, build camaraderie, and feel nourished at the end.
Regeneration and liberation work requires radical imagination and bold action. We facilitate powerful visioning conversations that inspire people to speak courageously to the future they truly desire in their hearts. We guide organizations to articulate their values, add richness and complexity to their conversations, and find group alignment towards a shared vision.
We facilitate executive director circles, network gatherings, and other convenings that support capacity-building and group development. Our convenings are thoughtfully designed in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that the atmosphere we create is inviting and provides space and time for rich conversations and deep relationship-building to occur organically among participants.
We facilitate racial equity committee (which goes by many other names) and other high-stakes meetings that would benefit from outside, expert facilitation. Our main role as meeting facilitators is to design safer and brave spaces in which all participants are able to speak honestly and be heard, listen deeply to their peers, and make decisions together.
When there are unresolved conflicts that have caused trauma, harm, or otherwise pain and are preventing a group from building trust and working well together, we support them to engage in generative conflict. Generative conflict enables people in conflict to establish shared truths and identify the steps that need to be taken by each party to repair any harm done, reconcile differences, and rebuild the relationship on a foundation of trust. We offer group-based as well as one-on-one conflict mediation. We utilize approaches from a variety of traditions, including Nonviolent Communication, restorative justice practices, and truth and reconciliation procedures to ensure that participants feel safe enough to engage authentically. Our conflict mediation work often helps groups heal from racial and other types of injustice.
Ritual and ceremony are an important mode of inner and social transformation that speaks to humans from all cultures. We draw on Chinese-indigenous and other earth-based practices from our team’s heritage to design rituals that support groups, especially Black, indigenous, and people of color, to build solidarity and community, honor and find strength in one’s ancestors, and heal oneself and the land.
Community & Stakeholder Engagement
Programs and initiatives that are intended to benefit the public require strong community engagement in their design and implementation. With years of experience in community organizing and community-based planning, our consultants train organizations to integrate community engagement into all aspects of their work. We facilitate community engagement events that center the voices and leadership of Black, indigenous, and people of color and ensure that we are reaching the most marginalized populations. We support organizations to eschew paternalistic, community outreach strategies and recognize themselves as a member of a wider ecosystem in which they are expected to participate in reciprocal partnership.
We provide customized workshops that build knowledge and skills in our five practice areas. We take an experiential learning approach in which we draw on participants’ direct experience to give context to our training so that the learning really sticks and participants are able to apply their learning more easily in daily practice. Please note that we typically only offer 90-minute to 3-hour workshops in the context of larger training programs or consulting projects. We do not offer one-off workshops unless they are 2-day workshops.
Our consultants coach executives, organizers and managers on practicing regenerative and liberatory leadership. Our coaching meets clients where they are on their learning journey. We guide them in identifying self-limiting beliefs and other barriers, practicing compassionate accountability with oneself, and taking actions that are manageable and meaningful. Please note that we offer coaching as a standalone service to individuals and not part of larger consulting engagements with client organizations.
Daniel Lim is always excited to speak to your constituencies about the work our team does and the latest thinking and practices at the forefront of regeneration and liberation work. Consider inviting Daniel as a keynote speaker, panelist, and moderator at your next event.