We dig beneath the soil to the roots to understand how land, water, wildlife, people and power are connected; how soil can be made toxic by White supremacy, settler colonialism and other systems of oppression; and how communities resisting oppression have transformed the soil into sites of healing and resilience.
We are not going to dismantle systemic oppression in a workshop, in a plan, or even over the course of a year. Like waves, which are iterative and responsive to the wind, the moon, gravity, and all the flora and fauna beneath them, our approach is responsive to your unique organizational ecosystem and needs and may not always be linear in flow.
As individual stones can change the course and shape of a river, we believe that every individual has a role to play in shifting culture and in the evolution of their organizations toward equity and justice. Our job is to support you in understanding what role you play in the social movement ecosystem.
Our practices are fluid and emergent like flowing water; to move forward we often have to work through the obstacles and dams that are right in front of us. This means our approach may shift over time and appear to meander, but we are always heading toward the ocean of collective liberation.
Our work often unearths internal cultural issues that need to be addressed in order for DEIJ work to be sustainable in the long term. Like mushrooms, we support you in transforming toxic cultures and systems into a nourishing environment where your staff thrive.
A footnote on our approach: We take inspiration from many teachers, and primarily adrienne maree brown and Robin Wall Kimmerer, in framing our work using a biomimicry approach.