Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend Building Movement 2012 (#buildingmovement), a two-day convening put on by Move to End Violence (MEV), a program of the NoVo Foundation. Every two years, MEV selects a group of individuals – Movement Makers – to participate in an intensive experience to grow their leadership and collaboration and develop bold strategies. The inaugural cohort of Movement Makers primarily designed the Building Movement 2012 program, inviting over 120 activists, social change agents, and allied leaders to imagine a more invigorated and powerful movement committed to ending violence against women and girls.
The convening incorporated storytelling, small group dialogue, movement conversations, and physical practice, with the intent to
- Build alignment and energy around a renewed vision of ending violence against women and girls,
- Reinvigorate the movement and strengthen its capacity,
- Develop strategic alliances, and
- Engage in movement conversations.
Jennifer Buffett, President of the NoVo Foundation, posed the question: “What is the world we need to create?” Attendees considered what it would mean for the movement to pivot from a reactive to a proactive stance, from a fragmented field to an interconnected movement, and from focusing primarily on service delivery to taking an integrated approach to services and social change. Gloria Steinem shared an important book for activists to read (Sex and World Peace). Leaders practiced tai ji, joined in drumming circles, and explored how an expansive movement might look and how it could help “all of us to innovate, dream, and come together to create a new path.” I have a lot of gratitude for being able to participate in the conversations that happened in New York.
To learn more about the convening, the Movement Makers and Move to End Violence, visit movetoendviolence.org.
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