What does “owning privilege” really look like in action? For us, it means using our privileged identities to make connections with others, share what we’ve learned and, hopefully, provide a pathway for others to join us in making change.
Joy Endures Despite Injustice: An Important Reminder in JEDI Work
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) work often feels heavy to participate in and lead. Let’s imagine what JEDI could look like and mean for us if we took a light-weighted approach. This article highlights joy as an important feature of our JEDI journeys. We offer a collection of lessons and strategies that help foster joy alongside the justice we strive to strengthen in our world.
Human-First Meets JEDI: A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention
When employees are more connected and engaged, they are more productive, collaborative, and innovative. This article highlights the ways in which human resource processes can be developed through a combined Human-First and JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) lens, fostering a stronger organizational culture and healthier work environment.
JEDI-Infused Facilitation: Bodies, Power, and Intentions
We can create structures and interactions where everyone is seen, celebrated, resourced, and safe when we practice justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI)-infused facilitation. In this article, Darrie Matthew Burrage and Mikayla Branz share insights they gleaned by taking the time to reflect with colleagues on the body politics, power dynamics, and intentionality behind facilitation.
Letters from Kamp
During September, the Integrated Work team gathered in Boulder, Colorado for a KOAN Kamp retreat to connect, serve the community, and plan for the future. Here are some personal accounts of what some team members found memorable.
2021 Integrated Work Retreat
In 2020, Integrated Work began to explore what it would mean to move into a self-management structure. We evolved from using Holacracy to a human-first model we call KOAN: a kind, open, adaptive network. At our September 2021 staff retreat, our first in-person time together since the adoption of KOAN, (don’t worry, we were all vaccinated and masked), we lived into our KOAN principles in how we behaved together and in the way we designed the time we shared.
Juneteenth: The Feeling of Freedom
This article intends to transport readers right into the June of 1865 Texas when the slaves of Galveston first learned of their freedom. As a way to honor the Juneteenth holiday with an exercise in empathy, readers are briefly guided in imagining the harsh circumstances that slaves endured, and then invited to consider the things from which they long to be free in their own lives.
The AAA Membership Plan: Revealing Who We Value Through Our Attitudes, Associations, and Actions
What had begun as an indictment of myself and others, has now become a model for self-examination from which we might all benefit in pursuit of having a more expansive impact in the well-being of others. I offer a comprehensive, yet simplistic, criteria for us to measure the depth of our connection with (and our care for) marginalized groups; a criteria that can be used to audit our own socio-intellectual values and the socio-intellectual intentions of others. I call this criteria the AAA Membership Plan — Attitude, Association, and Action. Read more to learn more.
What if Courage Came for Me? Propelling Conversations on Race
Courage can manifest in an array of actions and behaviors. And while there is no secret formula or magic tactic for conversations on race, we hope you find the following reflections helpful in defining (and refining) your personal approach to courageous conversations.