Reflect + Practice

We believe how we work together, communicate, and organize ourselves is part of the change we want to see in the world too.

This ‘how’ includes: placing equal value on all staff contributions within an organization, transparency, distributing leadership, letting new ideas and actions emerge, allowing for mind-body-spirit integration, and more.  We are weaving together a network of people and supporting the network through systems to learn, communicate, develop, set strategy, govern, and administer our collective actions.

We invite anyone to share what you are practicing and learning, individually, in your community, or in your organization.

What we’re learning about transformation

Participants in Resonance Network have learned together some things about transformation. To transform something is to change it so completely that going back to what it was before becomes impossible.  Transforming the culture of violence into a culture that supports us all to thrive, will likely take millions consciously working to transform ourselves individually at the same time as we work to transform families, communities, and society overall.  

So many of us have experienced and lived for generations with the harm and consequences from violent systems. The root causes of violence — domination, superiority, and abuses of power — are not just in some “bad people” or “bad organizations”;  they are in everything. They influence how our systems are set up, how we plan a meeting, or talk to people over text messages. The roots of violence keep us disconnected from our full humanity and from each other. Disconnection, is fertile ground for all types of violence: gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, state violence, child abuse, sexual assault, racism, xenophobia and more.

Transforming violence also means transforming who governs and how we govern. When we are not involved in the decision-making process, and decisions are made about us instead of with us, the results are harmful.  But there is new momentum towards more representative, participatory governance. It’s part of the emerging collective vision for the world we deserve, and we want to amplify that momentum.

Finally, we are guided by a series of overarching questions: What are we for?  What does a world, nation, community, family that is interdependent and thriving look like?  What is the world we aspire to co-create? Where is this already happening? How can we practice and learn together into that world?

 

How we work together, communicate, and organize ourselves is part of the change we want to see in the world too.

The UpTick – Week of May 27th

There’s a lot going on and we hope you will bring your full selves to join in any number of ways. If you have an idea for something that you’d like to do, contact us at info@resonance-network.org   Community Update The Communities Practice is gearing up and we want to hear from you about what…

The UpTick, July 18th: Our responsibility as storytellers

In our second cycle of Y(OUR) Stories, we are acknowledging our hunger for stories from our elders while also realizing that we too hold a responsibility to storytell to/with younger generations. In addition we have some new submissions to our photo gallery of community builders. Read more about it all below! Last week’s session of…

June Newsletter: Community is a choice

In May we shared with you three practices areas in which we were going to deepen our investment: embodied storytelling, community building and building radical power. For the past 7 weeks we’ve hosted a Y(our) Stories practice community and a Community in Focus call series, both collectively engaging 70 folks in our network, over half…

The UpTick: May 30

Below is the weekly update from  May 30 of The UpTick. There’s a lot going on and we hope you will bring your full selves to join in any number of ways. If you have an idea for something that you’d like to do, contact us at info@resonance-network.org   Community Update The Communities Practice is…

The UpTick- Week of May 20th

Over the next few months, we’re “upping our game” and developing opportunities to harness our collective energy and power through storytelling, community and radical power. It is through our work together that we can interrupt the roots of violence, and bring our full selves to promote an emerging world view where violence is not inevitable…

Resonance Network at Seven Generations

What is possible when we dive deep into exploring our relationship with spirit, our relationship with faith? What is possible within ourselves when we connect with the story of our ancestors? When we locate our stories in relation to others’ ancestor’s stories? What happens when we see ourselves and the work that we do in…

Q&A: Doris Dupuy on Innovation as Old, Now, and New

Resonance Network: Tell us about your innovation idea/project. Doris Dupuy: At Resonance Network’s Workshopping the Worldview gathering, I participated in a group discussion about what we would like to include in our new worldview, and I thought about my health and well-being. I started to think about all the ways my mother supported my health…

Obsidian Rising’s Practice Space: Opening to Wholeness in Our Movements

What does it mean to cultivate wholeness as part of movements to dismantle systems of violence? Obsidian Rising is an organization that centers wisdom practices from the African diaspora as resilience tools for those involved in movements for change. The organization has been participating in the 2018-2019 cycle of Resonance Network’s Innovation Lab. The purpose…

ML Daniel on the Alchemy of Spirit in Movement Spaces

ML Daniel is a lawyer, ordained minister, and spiritual alchemist, but not necessarily in that order. She’s one of Resonance Network’s most animated voices when it comes to advocating for the importance of integrating sacred space and spirit work as we move to create a world that isn’t based on violence. In the wake of…