The Right People on the Bus - June 2019

The Right People on the Bus - June 2019

“The Right People on the Bus” is a monthly round up of job, consulting, and fully-funded fellowship and accelerator opportunities that folks connected to Optimistic Anthropology are recruiting for. Check out the latest opportunities that we have for this month. In 2019 we’re doing rolling submissions, so this post will be updated with new opportunities as they come in throughout the month! Submit your opportunities through: http://bit.ly/OntheBus.

5 Questions to Ask & Answer When Practicing Community Engagement

5 Questions to Ask & Answer When Practicing Community Engagement

I consider myself a generalist, I don’t have a particular topic of expertise, but I pride myself on drawing on a range of methodologies, practices, and experiences to help my clients grow their knowledge, learning processes, and cultures in order to create a more equitable and positive world.   Which is why I still find it a little bit surprising that certain topics and issues will come up over and over again during a particular period of time. 

Lately, the topic that has been coming up in my discussions with folks working in a range of organizations, issue areas, and contexts is about community engagement.

Over the last seven months, my friend, sister-in-change, and curriculum designer extraordinaire, Alice Chen of Wayfinding Wisdom and I have been working to develop a community engagement curriculum for a client and a wide range of its partners who are diverse in terms of their missions, geographies, populations they serve, and contexts.

So, I wanted to highlight four questions that we featured in the curriculum (and one bonus question based on some great work that was just released last week) that are critical to building a community engagement mindset, and thoughtful, intentional, and positively impactful community engagement strategies.

The Right People on the Bus - May 2019

The Right People on the Bus - May 2019

“The Right People on the Bus” is a monthly round up of job, consulting, and fully-funded fellowship and accelerator opportunities that folks connected to Optimistic Anthropology are recruiting for. Check out the latest opportunities that we have for this month. In 2019 we’re doing rolling submissions, so this post will be updated with new opportunities as they come in throughout the month! Submit your opportunities through: http://bit.ly/OntheBus.

My Wish For You This Week Vol 21.: Remember, Reckon, Heal, and Remember Again

My Wish For You This Week Vol 21.: Remember, Reckon, Heal, and Remember Again

On Mondays, I occasionally like to share a photo or video from my camera roll and a weekly wish on Instagram.  Since I know that not everyone uses Instagram, I also post them on the blog too.  Here's the latest about remembering, reckoning with, allow healing from, and again remembering the past inspired by a recent visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (often referred to as the National Lynching Memorial) in Montgomery, AL. 

The Power of Immersive Experiences

The Power of Immersive Experiences

Years ago, I was looking for a new job.  After a couple of rounds of interviews for a position I was really keen on, my potential boss let me know that I was a finalist for the opportunity and asked me to complete a take-home assignment: plan a one-day agenda for a convening on a particular topic.  There were no design parameters on location or budget, so having spent the previous few years directing immersive learning trips to other regions of the U.S., I felt like this assignment was right up my alley. 

I put together a solid draft agenda that included a tour during the afternoon where people could see the work that was happening in the community and hear first-hand from the people doing that work and how they approached it.  To me, it was a no brainer, I had chosen the location because it was a rich source of learning on the topic I had been assigned.

I remember receiving feedback that the potential boss didn’t like the tour idea at all, and I was asked what else I would recommend doing at that time.  I also remember pushing back and saying that it would be a missed opportunity to convene people in a city and not get them out of hotel meeting rooms to experience and learn from that place and its residents.