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Tool for Mapping Relationships

Thanks to Texans Together, Mi Familia Vota-TX and other folks from Houston and Austin for helping me re-think this tool at the Texas Table conference last month. Download This Tool (includes diagram)   Mapping Your People Here’s a networking activity for looking at what opportunities, organizations or people are just outside your network. It was originally

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Why Facilitate in Your “B” Language

I’ve been learning some about how organizations manage multilingual planning and learning here in the Lone Star State, which is certainly distinct from the East Coast in a lot of ways. But one similarity has been the principled commitment to creating spaces where people can express themselves in the language in which they feel most

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Facilitating Towards a Grantmaking Groove, pt. 2

The 16 initial meetings described in Part 1 were in many ways about gathering community around a project that exists only to affirm positive initiative by changemakers of color, in a city where bad news often dominates nightly newscasts. Two years later, this is what the Diverse City Fund community looked like at our most recent

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Facilitating Towards a Grantmaking Groove, pt. 1

Taking your time works. That is one of my takeaways of the year-long process that led to the founding of the Diverse City Fund, an all-volunteer initiative which has given away $135,000 to 59 grassroots organizations led by people of color in the last year. As far as we can tell, without the DC Fund

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Facilitation Tool: “Strategic Planning Road Trip”

Here’s an activity I developed to help a neighborhood group plan their campaign to bring live music back to six area restaurants. (Through a loophole in liquor license regulations all live music had been effectively banned by a group of five people who forced the restaurants to sign “voluntary agreements.” Not so voluntary, if you

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