In it Together: Reflections on Building Inclusive Spaces

Date / Time: November 20, 2018 12:00 am

As facilitators, our job is to help environmental and conservation leaders have tough conversations, build consensus, and together explore ways to end inequalities and foster stronger teams.

Those candid conversations have given rise to some newly imagined steps and “experiments” that individuals and groups are willing to try out to create change. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to facilitate powerful and illuminating conversations about implicit bias with environmental leaders at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh and the Chesapeake Bay Forum in Shepherdstown.

Time and time again, we are awed by the empathy, compassion, and vulnerability that arise when people show up for each other and for a world they believe is possible. And we’ve witnessed how saying difficult truths that are hard to speak to each other or even to ourselves creates space for growth and healing. As Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

As we have been supporting people through their own work – and doing our own – to address injustice and bias, we wanted to share some thoughts that have helped us and might help you, too.

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