Building Resilient

Organizations Toward

Joy and Durable Power

in a Time of Crisis

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that Support Change

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Knowledge to empower individuals and organizations

So many people and organizations are doing such great work in building a more democratic and inclusive society that works for every person. To learn more about what they’re doing and what you and your organization can do, the following resources are a great place to start.

The resources are listed in the order that they appear in the workbook.
Building Resilient Organizations Interview with Maurice Mitchell

Who: Cyndi Suarez and Maurice Mitchell
What: A conversation about Building Resilient Organizations: Toward Joy and Durable Power in a Time of Crisis
To learn more, listen to the conversation.

2020 Census Illuminates Racial and Ethnic Composition of the Country

Who: Nicholas Jones, Rachel Marks, Roberto Ramirez, Merarys Ríos-Vargas
What: A snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition of the US as a result of improvements in the design of the race and ethnicity questions, processing, and coding in the 2020 Census
To learn more, visit the census analysis.

Black and Red: Black Liberation and Socialism

Who: Charisse Burden-Stelley, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Barbara Smith
What: A conversation about how we can understand the historical
connections between Black activism and the socialist movement, and how we can navigate the relationship between race and class
To learn more, listen to the conversation.

A New, ‘Post-Racial’ Political Era in America

Who: Daniel Schorr
What: A 2008 observation of the ascendance of Barack Obama as a presidential candidate, and contemplation of whether the US was entering a new, “post-racial” political era
To learn more, listen to or read the interview.

On Race, Herschel Walker’s Offer of Absolution Divides Georgia Voters

Who: Jonathan Weismanl
What: An assessment of the different visions of race offered by two Black candidates for Georgia Senate: Republican nominee, Herschel Walker, and the incumbent Democrat, Raphael Warnock
To learn more, read the article.

Three Lessons from adrienne maree brown’s ‘Emergent Strategy’

Who: Miriam Zoila Pérez
What: A review of adrienne maree brown‘s book, Emergent Strategy, which explores “how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for”
To learn more, read the book review.

White Supremacy Culture

Who: Tema Okun
What: A list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in organizations
To learn more, read the training material.

A Call to Attention Liberation: To Build Abundant Justice, Let’s Focus on What Matters

Who: adrienne maree brown
What: An activist leader’s answer to the question, “What would you like to see created, built, imagined, or begun this year?”
To learn more, read the article.


Who: National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
What: A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color
To learn more, visit the NQTTCN website.


Who: Beam
What: A social enterprise that supports some of the most disadvantaged people in society in accessing quality jobs and homes, by using a crowdfunding platform and a 1-1 caseworker model
To learn more, visit the Beam website.

Fireweed Collective

Who: Fireweed Collective
What: Mental health education and mutual aid through a Healing Justice and Disability Justice lens, in support of the emotional wellness of all people and centering QTBIPOC folks in our internal leadership, programs, and resources
To learn more, visit the Fireweed Collective website.

Generative Somatics

Who: Generative Somatics
What: An organization that supports social and climate justice movements in achieving their visions of a radically transformed society. Programs engage the body (emotions, sensations, physiology), in order to align actions with values and vision, and to heal from the impacts of trauma and oppression.
To learn more, visit the Generative Somatics website.

Sins Invalid

Who: Sins Invalid
What: A disability-justice-based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ/gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized
To learn more, visit the Sins Invalid website.


Who: TREC: Training Resources for the Environmental Community
What: A tool to help bring clarity to how an organization or team will come to a decision, and who will be involved in each step of the way
To learn more, see the decision-making tool.


Who: The Management Center
What: A tool for establishing clear roles on projects
To learn more, see the MOCHA tool.

Interaction Institute’s Decision Making Framework

Who: Interaction Institute
What: A tool for understanding the relationship between level of ownership and level of involvement in decision-making
To learn more, see the decision-making framework.

This project is led by The Progressive Leaders Group & fiscally-sponsored by Rockwood Leadership Institute.

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