How can we dismantle and deconstruct traditional notions and oppressive structures of leadership to find new ways to organize ourselves and work from a place of equity and purpose? Below are some of the recent ways we’re deepening our own practice and programs to answer this call.
Our late 2015 adoption of Holacracy as a management system is a response to CompassPoint’s struggles and efforts to more fully live out our values of racial equity and shared leadership within our organization. In Holacracy, organizational authority and decision-making are carried out through self-organizing teams – a major shift away from traditional management. For us, it’s an opportunity to try a new way of lifting up other voices of leadership within our system – and to share what we’re learning along the way. One year in, what has it meant to our organization?
We see how Holacracy can contribute to decentralizing power, giving staff on different levels more access to make decisions from the roles they hold in a way that is fully transparent. And with its bias toward action, iteration, and evaluation, it’s giving staff more options to take timely action and introduce change.
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Our cohort leadership programs continue to provide exceptional and transformative learning experiences for leaders seeking to grow their impact and contributions to social justice. This past year has seen the sun setting on one key program and partnership on a new initiative in Louisiana.
Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program
The fourth (and final) cohort of the Strong Field Project came to a close in June 2016. Over the past 6 years, 79 leaders and 60 organizations working to end domestic violence have participated in Strong Field. CompassPoint led the leadership development component of the program, which empowered participants in their roles and in the DV movement. The result? A stronger, more connected network of providers who are ready to lead the way in the movement to end domestic violence. We’ve been honored to partner with the Blue Shield of California Foundation on this initiative and to learn together with so many smart, dedicated, and creative changemakers.
HIVE Project Reproductive Health Leadership Development Program
From late 2016 through 2017, CompassPoint’s HIVE Project will support the leadership development of emerging leaders in Louisiana who work in reproductive health, rights, and justice. Funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, this 18-month-long initiative will strengthen relationships among providers across the state, deepen their skills and expertise, and offer a nourishing and expansive environment that heals, inspires, builds voice, and promotes equity.