Gotta give a shout out to my PoC (People of Color) Caucus who I met through the "Liberating Structures Global Summit" in Seattle. While my intention was to practice + learn more about Liberating Structures, 33+ mico-techniques used in creative facilitation for opening up the wisdom in a room, I discovered so much more.
I met a community and circle of new friends that are both REAL & WOKE, who are fighting for justice on the daily and teaching me what it means to SHOW UP for your people and the planet.
The people who surround you matter, their presence has the capacity to elevate your awareness or keep you small. So watch the company you keep and be vigilant about your vibration, in other words...
YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE!
I also began to come more fully into my artistry. I did a few magical realism portraits for people and a full scale canvas style piece as a tribute to the Global Gathering as a whole.
This is Carley, she laid down for a bit and I started drawing her with pastels. I encouraged her to share a message and hers was “I’m glad I’m here. I’m glad you’re here. I know what I know. I care about you.”
Thank you to the organizers of the Liberating Structures Global Gathering for bringing us together and to all the beautiful people I came into contact with.
Special gratitude to Nakia who introduced me to Adrienne Maree Brown's book “Emergent Strategy”, a radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help book designed to shape the futures we want to live in.
I think this particular passage sums up our collective vision for a new world order and is something I invite you to tap into too:
"At a collective level, this is the invitation to practice the world we wish to see in the current landscape. Yes, resist the onslaught of oppression, but measure our success not just by what we stop, but by how many of us feel, and can say:
I am living a life I don’t regret. A life that will resonate with my ancestors and with as many generations forward as I can imagine, I am attending to the crises of my time with my best self, I am of communities that are doing our collective best to honor our ancestors and all humans to come.” ~ Adrienne Maree Brown
Amen to that 🙏🏽❤️✊🏾