On June 25, the GEC-NYC, hosted by Reach the World, welcomed Hannah Weitzer and Sophia Giddens of the Seachange Collective, who gave a Professional Development workshop on “Doing Good” Well: Shifting Social Justice Work from Values to Practice.”
Workshop facilitators led participants in a conversation about the challenges of implementing our complex sets of social justice values while working within the limitations and unique contexts of existing program design and organizational missions. Participants worked through case studies and examples from their own work, using an analytical framework to assess where social justice values are being put into practice and where we might be missing the mark. Based on the analysis, participants were then able to discuss possible action steps to make varying degrees of incremental change, such as increasing transparency and engaging more voices in decision-making processes. In closing, participants affirmed that a variety of aspects of every organization can be moved to better reflect our best values, including diversity in hiring practices, equitable community representation, and protocols around fair and sustainable sourcing and partnerships.
Seachange Collective is a strategy and consulting firm that aims to build the capacity of the people and groups who do social justice work, centered on the needs and leadership of those most affected by the complex issues at hand. Within a combined record of 35 years of work in the international education, human rights, gender justice, and progressive movement building spaces, they provide strategy, workshops, training, and coaching for community groups, non-profits, schools, public service organizations, and any spaces that are seeking a stronger commitment to social justice.
Learn more about Seachange Collective and sign up for their email list at https://www.seachangecollective.org/contactus/ Workshop facilitators can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.