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2019.08.14 LLC Webinar Series | Everyday Equity: Practices, Principles, and Perspectives


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Everyday Equity is both a realization of and a path from power, love, and justice. In leadership practice, we consciously and unknowingly embed and enact principles and practices that embody and resist community well-being. This mindfulness-based webinar offers leaders perspectives and practices for compassionately awakening power, love, and justice. This webinar includes practicing tools, applying concepts, and reminding us of our loveliness – allowing us to contribute to community well-being by understanding and healing from harmful conditions toward transformative change.

Dr. Renato P. Almanzor is a transformation catalyst, whose experience emerges from over 25 years developing leaders committed to equitable communities, multicultural organizations, and social justice. As a leadership expert, he has delivered leadership development programs, keynote addresses, workshops and seminars on issues related to leadership for equity, cultural diversity, and social change. Much of his work has been dedicated to supporting community leaders working with and in low-income communities and communities of color. He has a PhD and MA in organizational psychology, an MS in counseling, and BA in psychology, as well as certifications in coaching and Zumba Instruction. He is a proud alum of the first Practices in Transformative Action, a mindfulness-based program for social justice activists through the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California, where he also served as an apprentice the following year.

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2019.08.14 LLC Webinar Series | Everyday Equity: Practices, Principles, and Perspectives

  1. 1. EVERYDA Y EQUITY: Practices, Principles and Perspectives Renato P. Almanzor, PhD While you’re waiting, please put in the chat box why registered for this webinar
  2. 2. We will… So that we… Explore “What Matters” for us; Nurture our nurture mindfulness and equanimity. Examine “What’s Difficult” to Everyday Equity; Accept what’s glorious and wretched with kindness and compassion. Cultivate “What’s Possible” toward awakening power, love, and justice; Enact our accountability.
  3. 3. What Matters For whom and what do you have LOVE and GRATITUDE? To what extent do those people and things demonstrate what matters to you? For whom and what do you have COMPASSION and COMMITMENT? I invite you to dedicate your work in this webinar. To whom or what might you dedicate your participation?
  4. 4. Accountability The intention and obligation of an individual or organization to: • account for its activities, • accept responsibility for its activities, and • disclose the results/impact in a transparent manner.
  5. 5. Adapted from Interaction Process/Practice how will the work get done? who is included and not included, especially deciding? how the work is monitored and evaluated? Relationships how do people experience each other? how are similarities/differences leveraged? how does engagement enhance belonging? Justice Love Power Intentions/Results what will we achieve by when? what is the quality of our impact? what’s the distribution of benefit/burden? Awakening: Dimensions of Everyday Equity
  6. 6. Aware of the world around us and looking into our heart; the balance of mindfulness rooted in insight. Acceptanc e Physical Awareness Context Awareness Mind Awareness Actio n Our capacity to address our toughest social challenges depends on our willingness to admit we are part of, rather than apart from, the woundedness of our world. - Adam Kahane Equanimity
  7. 7. …is influenced by context SELF OTHER IDEAS FEELINGS ACTIONS Ubuntu
  8. 8. What’s Difficult: Context Structure of Oppression is… A System of Advantage, Entitlements, and Benefits based on … Group Membership… that allows for the Systematic Mistreatment of Others Adapted from David Wellman
  9. 9. Culture of Scarcity and Cycle of Oppression Adapted from Roberta Harro, Cycle of Oppression; Culture of Scarcity, Brene BORN SOCIALIZED STATUS BECOMES SOCIALLY SANCTIONED STATUS JUSTIFIED TREATMENT CONSCIOUS AND UNCONSCIOUS ACCEPTANCE Cultivating Shame Comparison Disengagement
  10. 10. Reflect on an experience on how you may have been harmed by a culture of scarcity and oppression, and how that experience still impacts you today. Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy -- the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. Brené Brown
  11. 11. Adapted from Doing Psychology Critically The capability and opportunity to fulfill or obstruct the satisfaction of personal, relational and collective needs. Power and Its Uses
  12. 12. Characteristics of Our Organizations Perfectioni sm Sense of Urgency Defensiveness Quantity overQuality Worship of the Written Word P a t e r n a l i s m Either/OrThinking PowerHoarding Individualis m Objectivi ty Progress is Bigger, MoreRight toComfort Fear of Open Conflict
  13. 13. Levels of Power Structural Power: Authority Access/Opportunity Social Power: Relational Intra-group/Inter-group Personal Power: Agency Ability/Volition Adapted from Doing Psychology Critically by Isaac Prilleltensky & Geoff Nelson
  14. 14. The system is perfectly designed to produce the results it is now producing. Adapted from john “Inequitable racialized outcomes do not require racist actors.” john a. powell Systems Thinking
  15. 15. Perspectives: An Equity Lens/Framework National Equity Project
  16. 16. What’s Next ■ What is your calling? What pulls you into ACTION? ■ What is at your core? Who are you at your most essential level? ■ What are your power? What abilities do you perform with grace and mastery?
  17. 17. My Mission is to… , , and (what are your POWERS or CRAFT?) (Your CORE or VIRTUES?) For, with and/or to (Your CALLING or What MATTERS)
  18. 18. Renato: My Mission is to…Facilitate, Integrate , and Cultivate (what are your POWERS or CRAFT?) a Love-based Social Justice Agenda (your core or virtues?) For, with and/or to Community Well-being (your CALLING or What MATTERS)
  19. 19. What Now Accountability The intention and obligation of an individual or organization to: • account for its activities, • accept responsibility for its activities, and • disclose the results/impact in a transparent manner. Reflect on your participation Share your learning with your “dedication” Share your mission statement with another Extra Credit – invite their support as an accountability partner
  20. 20. Purpose