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Action Learning Seed Fund: Embody Racial Equity

Our Action Learning Seed Fund is well underway. In case you missed it; last month we announced that $25,000 from LLC’s core funding would be released and granted to projects seeking to leverage the leadership of people of color. From the application to the implementation, we envision people of color modeling ways that create pathways for racial equity through leadership development. Three weeks ago we launched the application during our webinar.

 

Since the launch, we’ve been overjoyed with the responses from all of you. So many immediately shared the application. The final numbers are not yet in, but we do know the webinar video has been watched 250+ times, the links have been clicked and shared 4100+ and counting. At the time of this publication, before the deadline, we have already received over 100 applications.

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Celebrating Black History Month: An Interview with Fania Davis

In honor of Black History Month, LLC staff took a field trip to the Oakland Museum to see the Black Panther Party exhibit and celebrate Oakland’s rich history.  There was a sign in the exhibit that caught my attention:

 

Toward the Future

 

Consider how current social issues relate to the conditions that demanded the creation of the Black Panther Party fifty years ago. The Party no longer exists as an organization. However, their ideas and spirit live on in former Panthers and generation of new artists, community organizers and citizens who will help to determine the future.

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The Year of Creating Space

This year, in response to the current environment and the need for a significant uptake in racial justice leadership, we are departing from the traditional format for Creating Space, LLC’s national meeting. Creating Space has been a space for people engaged in leadership development to meet over several days to harvest learning across their experiences, share resources and build meaningful connection.

 

Our purpose this year will be to build greater awareness, access to resources and capacity among leadership development organizations about the opportunity and need to help their participants strengthen their knowledge, skills, connections and tools for contributing to social and racial justice.

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Uncovering Hope in the Dark: The How We Gather Gathering By Bidisha Banerjee

The original Greek meaning of the word ‘apocalypse,’ has the sense of an uncovering claims Reverend Jen Bailey, a young elder in the African Methodist Episcopalian church, and founding executive director of the Faith Matters Network, which helps faith leaders address structural inequality in their communities. Bailey traces this uncovering to a “rupture at the very heart of our democracy…rooted in the deep paralysis of anxiety and disparate visions for our collective futures,” and “an inability to process death of bodies and institutions.” Suggesting that this is a moment of “calling in” for “those of us at the margins who are rightly fearing for our lives,” she calls for brave spaces where we can “thicken relationships” and hold each other lovingly accountable to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community that bridges differences of race, religion, gender, and class. [see On Being blog]

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LLC’s $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund: Webinar VIDEO and Frequently Asked Questions

Last month, the Leadership Learning Community announced $25,000 to be released as a Seed Fund. Since then, we have worked with our Selection Committee of 19, to finalize our plan.

 

The application form is now open. All application are due on February 28th by 11:59pm Pacific.


If you missed our launch webinar, you can still review below the recording, review the slides, and find frequently asked questions.

 

Please share widely and contact Miriam with any questions.

 

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Colorlines: How Kids, Women and Men of Color Showed Up for the Women's March on Washington

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How Kids, Women and Men of Color Showed Up for the Women's March on Washington

At the massive, historic gathering in D.C. we found expressions of resistance, determination and even joy. 

Video Tiye Rose. Introduction by Akiba Solomon  

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017 | The Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health

 

LLC worked on the evaluation for Cohort 1. We encourage you to share the following invitation far and wide.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017

The Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health

 

Calling all local public health officers – apply now!

 

 

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit and select 20 teams for Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH). ELPH is a leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health leaders advance innovative models which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities. Teams of two co-leaders will embark on an 18-month, action-oriented experience. They will focus on the development and implementation of a “transformative concept” that shifts or expands the capacity of their local health department. Participating leadership teams will receive coaching, education, and up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership skills and competencies in the development and implementation of their concept.

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The Action Learning Seed Fund: An Update

The Leadership Learning Community is very excited about launching our Action Learning Seed Fund. As our facilitators in the Race Forward Training said “when you are resisting, you struggle. It goes slow.” Racial equity takes time and we want to give our Selection Committee enough time to make intentional decisions together.

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Racial Equity: A Leadership Development Competency

Last week, LLC along with some of you, attended Race Forward’s Building Racial Equity- Foundations Training at the Oakland Peace Center. The training grounded us in language to describe racism on all the levels it thrives (internal, interpersonal, institutional, systemic). The work of racial equity then is to not only destroy racism as it exists, but to “bake in” racial equity to eradicate it completely.

 

Before the day was complete, however, it was our mission to identify the many ways that we, those present, continue to create systems of oppression. Soon Deborah and I were engaged in a deep conversation on how the leadership development field can also fall victim to this on a systemic level.

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MAR-L: An Innovative Approach to Recruiting Fellows

Several years ago LLC had the opportunity to evaluate the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR-L). It was an important evaluation that laid some groundwork for a research project we initiated the following year to explore the topic of ‘Leadership and Large Scale Change.’  We were inspired by MAR-L. MAR-L set itself apart from many other leadership programs because they were not content to simply focus on building the leadership capacity of young entrepreneurial conservation leaders, which itself would have been an important endeavor. They were also willing to ask tough questions about whether the investment in young people and their projects was making a difference in the health of the reef. Ultimately, most leadership programs are serving some larger purpose, and because of the challenges of understanding the contributions of their leadership development work to larger scale changes, most programs focus primarily on the ways in which participants of programs believe they have benefited. This is starting to change, and we are excited to be part of evaluating programs that tell a different story about the ways in which leadership development programs are supporting changes in the lives of people, and the planet.

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