March 22, 2017
Welcome to the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory’s Spring Newsflash. TRCC networks and builds capacity for community resilience leaders working at the regional and translocal scale in the USA. This letter features upcoming events, community achievements, and resources for leaders and allies.
Upcoming Events and Trainings
2017 Co-Lab Call for Proposals:
TRCC has approved funding for several regional co-labs for up to $1500 each. Co-labs are short-cycle, cross-organization working groups with tangible deliverables. They support the incubation and development of regional activities that benefit the movement to build thriving, resilient community.
Co-labs involve at least two collaborators producing value to TRCC or to members’ communities. Examples include tours of resilience demonstration sites, trainings or workshops, strategic convenings, actions, reports or whitepapers, etc. Co-labs are completed in six months or less.
To apply for co-lab support, download and fill out this short application and follow the instructions to submit it by the due date of Monday, April 8th.
Lift Up offers tactical support for TRCC member organizations. The next session is Marketing: Best Practices for Growing Your Organization and the Movement. March 30 at 11am Pacific, online via Zoom videoconference. Learn how to best apply your time on media and outreach to meet your organizations’ goals and needs. Featured speakers: Maira Sutton of Shareable, Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts, Brandon Ancier of Bloom Network, and more TBA.
Creating Effective Partnerships, April 25 at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern. Facilitated by Gabriel Acosta of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership. Online via Zoom videoconference.
Mentorship: Is there an area you’d like to receive or give mentorship in? Let TRCC members know here, and we’ll connect up the matches. You can also request a peer case clinic for a specific issue your organization is facing that you’d like support on.
Scholarships: Lastly, there is a scholarship pool available for TRCC members to attend trainings that will boost their leadership and organizational capacity. For details and to apply, visit this link. Application deadline is April 8.
Organizations’ Events & Trainings
- New Economy Coalition in collaboration with AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance): Multiply & Mobilize: Narratives and Strategies for Resisting Divide & Conquer Tactics, March 30, April 27, May 25
- Transition US: Telesalon on Transition US National Gathering: Broadening, Deepening and Scaling Up, April 14
- Permaculture Action Network: Spring Into Permaculture Action Weekend at Soul Flower Farm, April 1-2
- Institute for Evolutionary Leadership: Evolutionary Leadership Bootcamp, April 2 and 23
- Bioneers: Evolving + Emerging Economies Jam, April 11-16. Gathering of next economy leaders
- First ever Transition US National Gathering, July 27-30.
- New England Grassroots Environment Fund: RootSkills In-Person Trainings for building resilient communities, April 1 in Newport, RI and April 29 in Portland, ME
- New Economy Coalition: Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, NYC June 9-11
- Sustainable Economies Law Center: Law and Social Change Jam, Millerton NY, July 25-30
- Permaculture Action Network: Nashville Permaculture Action Day w/ Rising Appalachia, April 7
- Daily Acts: Community Resilience Challenge kicks off March 29
In 2016 the TRCC recommended $178,000 for seven key initiatives. This year, thirteen proposal nominations were accepted by the TRC Council, which is made up of TRCC members and aligned funders. View the proposal list here.
Each year the TRC Co-Project Initiative engages North American regional and national community resilience leaders in collaborative projects and participatory budgeting of an aligned funding pool, co-funded by multiple donors. Interested funders can contact Leslie Meehan at email@example.com.
Cavallo Point Gathering
On January 24, TRCC members met with Threshold Foundation and Bay Area Justice Funders Network representatives, for a day of discussion and networking. It was an inspiring radical conversation about innovating philanthropic processes to be more democratic and effective at shifting systemic oppression and inequality.
On January 25, participants went on a tour of TRCC-funded projects in Richmond and El Sobrante: Urban Tilth, Rich City Rides, and Jessica Bates’ Resilient Homestead. Both the tour and the meeting at Cavallo were pivotal in making TRCC’s work more visible and tangible to funder networks. Consider organizing a similar tour in your region via the Co-Lab grants.
Leslie Meehan and Christina Bowen have begun assembling a Kumu map of TRCC organizations which illustrates the resources, goals, and focus areas we have as a collective. The purpose of the map is to make it easy to find which organization is working on what, and to see where collaboration could best be leveraged. You can see the start of that work in this video, or a general introduction to the TRCC here.
Permaculture Action Network has moved into their organizational home, the PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, CA. The network has held 62 Permaculture Action Days in 51 cities across 23 U.S. states. They partnered with 12 different artists and music festivals, mobilizing 9,430 people to take action on the ground hand-in-hand with more than 80 organizations and projects including:
This is a great example of the type of powerful networking and collaboration that the TRCC supports!
Stories of Resilience
Movement Strategy Dialogues
At the end of 2016, TRCC hosted a set of dialogues with TRCC members to discuss strategies for collaboration as a movement. You can view a summary of takeaways from the conversations here, and see the beautiful graphic recordings from all sessions here, by Patricia Kambitsch.
- Video recap of the Permaculture Action Day with Rising Appalachia Music in Denver, Colorado on May 21, 2016.
- Rooted in Resilience guides youth leaders to imagine what they want to see in their communities, and learn the tools to implement their solutions. Like many TRCC member organizations, Rooted in Resilience works at the intersection of racial, economic and environmental justice.
- Boston Ujima Project: Building a People’s Economy in Boston.
- New Stories: Jerusalem. Illustrated recap of a Nonviolent Communication intensive held in the West Bank with 40 Israelis, 40 Palestinians and 15 internationals. By Barbara Bash.
- New Economy Coalition: How to Turn the Crisis of Our Time Into Opportunity. Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson outlines the challenges and opportunities of our movements. From NEC’s Common Bound Conference.
- Leadership Learning Community has a fantastic compilation of resources relevant to all organizations that support networks of local and regional leaders.
- Social Media for NonProfits
A go-to resource for practical and tactical social media know-how
- Transition US: Online Training Archives
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Stop Raising Awareness Already”
Behavioral science for successful action campaigns
All TRCC members can also post announcements in the TRCC Slack space: upcoming events, questions or information sharing for your peers, etc. It’s a way to get less email but keep a digital conversation space active. http://thrivingresilience.slack.com. Contact Ben Roberts to request an invitation, or if you have any questions. Please use the new #newsletter channel to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this publication, and to submit listings.
Newsflash Editor: Magenta Ceiba