My work is that of a nepantlera (per Gloria Anzaldúa). It is intersectional (per Kimberlé Crenshaw) and emergent (per adrienne maree brown). It is grounded in restoring our inherent interconnectedness – between people and with the natural world – through the work of decolonization (per Tuck & Yang) and reparations.
For networks to be transformative – bringing about new systems and structures – we must also implicate ourselves and our relationships in this transformation. This means rooting out our internalized patterns relating to white supremacy culture, settler colonial mindsets, capitalist models of work, and cis-hetero-patriarchy. We do this individually and in groups as we dedicate our work to radically imaginative social justice work (per adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha).
My work has two main components:
- to understand and support self-organizing (per June Holley) in these networks, and
- to move resources to the emerging next economies through decolonization and reparations.
Supporting Self-organizing in Transformative Movement Networks
Bringing together co-design methodology, network mapping, network communications strategy and technology, I’m working with several networks to understand how self-organizing happens and how to make it happen more intentionally. Self-organizing requires the decentralization of resources and power within a network to facilitate emergence. It requires that we confront dominant narratives about leadership. It also requires that we move beyond our comfort zones and reach out to our learning edges.
In this work I bridge open-source technologies, deep listening, network strategy, and cross-cultural communications. Mixing all of that together, I’ve been working on a prototype of a platform to support self-organizing called Rhizome.
Supporting the Inner and Outer Work of Decolonization and Reparations
Bringing together a coaching mindset, organizing experience with wealthy people in the U.S., and a deep desire for us to see economies not limited by capitalism, I write and organize trainings on connecting the personal and political work required. I’ve worked as an chapter leader, organizer, and co-designer (respectively) in Resource Generation, Regenerative Finance, and Thousand Currents’ Buen Vivir Fund.
Some writings include:
- Land as Investment
- Thoughts and Reflections on Decolonization is not a Metaphor
- Centering love in finance (zine)
- Centering Love and Finance at NEC’s CommonBound gathering (co-facilated with Kate Poole of Chordata Capital and Aaron Tanaka of Center for Economic Democracy)
- 4 month Decolonization praxis group with Regenerative Finance (co-facilitated with Lane Fury)
- Consultation with Radical Imagination Family Foundation on investing in next economies (with Kate Poole)
- Regenerative Investing at Resource Generation’s MMMC (co-faciliated with Gopal Dayaneni of Movement Generation and Andrew Meeker)