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WTR Webinar: An Exploration of De-escalating Patterns of Harm in White Dominant Spaces
Aug 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT$25 – $50
Members of the Anti-Oppression Resource Group (AORG) invite Work That Reconnects facilitators to an exploration of some recurring patterns of harm that have occurred in numerous Work That Reconnects workshop spaces and steps we can take to de-escalate this harm. Each person who facilitates this Work undoubtedly shares this work out of a desire to be in loving service. Nevertheless, many of us – both facilitators and participants – have been conditioned by toxic cultures and ways of relating, and that conditioning comes with us whenever we gather in groups.
As facilitators of this Work, let’s not perpetuate or stand idly by as harm happens on our watch. Let’s support each other in our learning and growth so that we can become more skillful in reducing and minimizing harm in workshop spaces. This event will offer an opportunity to explore the document prepared by some AORG members “De-escalating patterns of harm in white dominant spaces: a guide for the Work That Reconnects facilitators and participants.” This is an invitation to build and be in beloved community together.
We will convene on August 28 at 10am-12pm PDT. If you are in a time zone that this time does not work for you, please be in touch and if there is enough interest, we could potentially offer a second time.
We ask you to take at least a couple of hours to read and reflect on the “De-escalating patterns of harm in white dominant spaces” document in advance of gathering.
During the event:
You will have an opportunity to convene in small groups in breakout rooms and share your initial reflections on the document.
We’ll also have some time for larger group exploration.
We’ll conclude with next steps for convening a community of practice to continue learning and growing.
Members of the Anti-Oppression Resource Group will host a follow-up event in about 2 months to see how things are going for you.
Aravinda Ananda has been facilitating Work That Reconnects for over 10 years, and has been a convener of the Anti-Oppression Resource Group for 4 years which focuses on integrating undoing oppression approaches into Work That Reconnects facilitation.
Tzy-Ping Chen is a communications enthusiast. Starting his career with an engineering degree in telecommunication, he quickly decided to practise facilitation in place of management in large corporations. His journey contributed to the questioning of “business as usual” and turned his interests towards environmentalism and social justice, and how they are constructed by the stories we tell ourselves. Trained in WTR facilitation and Nonviolent Communication, he is also an organizer and pragmatic thinker who connects concepts and ideas. Tzy-Ping is based in France, where he was born, and raised in the lineage of Taiwanese heritage.
Mutima Imani is a social justice visionary, master trainer and facilitator working to heal the heart of humanity by providing 21st century tools for personal/professional development and transformation. As a global diversity specialist, she is highly skilled at bringing diverse groups together to practice heart centeredness, resolve conflicts, transmute old wounds and establish new relationships where all are seen and honored. Mutima is a Work That Reconnects Facilitator who understands that social justice and climate crisis issues are cut from the same mindset of denial, she is committed to awakening to black love and being in harmony with nature and all its members.
Jane Hera is a Permaculture Design teacher who has been incorporating WTR into her courses for the last 20 years. She is Non-neuro Typical and a “Third Culture Kid”, someone who grew up with white, english culture in her home and Burmese Bhuddist culture where she lived.
Jo Hamilton is a WTR facilitator based in Oxford, England, whose work focuses on research and action for climate and racial justice.