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Meshworks

December 7, 2018 – May 31, 2019
Women, seamless pattern in colour

How might we...

  • How might be bring WOC, trans + nonbinary networks to share and discover practices, ways of leading, create spaces and formulate strategies to build power long term?

Hypothesis

First iteration of small experiment  towards bigger possibilities. ( Summit, Stepping into Power, Mini Summit in DC)

  • Staff presentation and discussions on Authoritarianism and Feminism.  
  • Lisa and Tarso present to staff and help Family Values at Work + Forward Together and recreate conversation.  
  • Determine what the conversation looks like.
  • A webinar, 20 people, 2.5 hr meeting.  Bring 5-10 people each.
  • Lisa and Tarso start to bring it onto paper to offer imperfectly discussion.
  • Have each org share 1 process or practice/methodology that gets under the skin of power (gender, race, class) and how why feminism. To walk us towards our sharing ways of doing this work.  
  • Small group discussion.
  • Have someone document it so can replicate it.

Design

First iteration of small experiment  towards bigger possibilities. ( Summit, Stepping into Power, Mini Summit in DC)

  • Staff presentation and discussions on Authoritarianism and Feminism.  (sometime in March)
  • Lisa and Tarso present to staff and help Family Values at Work + Forward Together and recreate conversation.
  • Determine what the conversation looks like.
  • Could be a webinar, 20 people, 2.5 hr meeting. – bottomline who will hold this part
  • Lisa and Tarso start to bring it onto paper to offer imperfectly discussion.
  • Have each org share 1 process or practice/methodology that gets under the skin of power (gender, race, class) and how why feminism. To walk us towards our sharing ways of doing this work.
  • Small group discussion.
  • Have someone document it so can replicate it.

 

Go back to teams and try to find time that works.

 

  • Bring 5-10 people each.

 

 

Metrics

  • GOAL | MEASURE
    • Documenting how people are doing things differently, how we build collective practices and re-indigenize our practices.
    • Link, connect, and share to better understand what we’re up against and what we’re building as an alternative, coming from the local and value those local fights and link them to a broader shared agenda. 
    • Onwards in collaboration, possibly  host exchange.

Learnings

Our experiment was a success because

  • Wendy’s leadership, confidence and urgency, the latter prompted by the timing in relationship to strategy decisions at Family Values at Work., helped the project gain momentum and other participants move forward despite fears. 
  • People were willing to do the work in between meetings and across organizations. 
  •  Experimentation gives us opportunity to try out and doesn’t need to be everything to everyone. 

Through our Meshworks Webinar we learned

  • Not everyone understood all the words and jargon.  Next time want to sending out a primer, when we say authoritarianism and neoliberalism what do we mean.
  •  Feels daunting to relate to experience in US and outside the US and profound danger and enormity feels like a barrier that webinar to bridge but then couldn’t get into convo for common experience. 
  • People are hungry to connect across organizations and this connection can be grounded in the lived experience influenced by the global rise of authoritarianism.

Decisions

Want to do another series of calls across organization with more time in breakout groups for discussion and relationship building.  Spend more time thinking about who is going to be with whom in the breakout groups, helpful to create greater discussion.

Will improve integration of Spanish speakers.

Questions

How do you have all of the people talk about deep political issues and bring everyone along?

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Accountable Wendy Chun-Hoon, Greisa Martinez, Eveline Shen, Diana Lugo-Martinez, Lisa Veneklausen, Neha Mahajan
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Documents ❃ Discovery Worksheet Design + LogExperiment Folder
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