Asking, Challenging, Starting

ASKING THE QUESTIONS

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Reimagining the Bible Belt: Faith-based organizers in Texas are still battling the ghosts of the Old South.
by Danielle Ayers, Lydia Bean
Sojourners

In a time and place where issues of race permeate national conversation, Lydia Bean and Danielle Ayers, faith-based organizers in Texas, have an approach to dialogue that is leading to real change across racial boundaries. In this article, Ayers and Bean detail the importance of understanding the historical roots of the challenges their communities face in working together. They link that understanding to the importance of asking the questions necessary to building new relationships. How could you encourage conversations to help empower your communities to work for racial justice?

CHALLENGING PRACTICES

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?
by Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Mother Jones

It can be difficult to conceive of different solutions to problems when they seem intractable; it can be even harder to create change when the solutions go against our beliefs. In this article, Lewis brings to our attention a reality—the failure of traditional disciplinary methods to change the behavior of kids in schools and institutions—that has an identified solution that can be difficult to apply. One challenge of implementation? The method is counter to what most adults have been taught. How might you open yourself to new methods for creating change that might challenge your beliefs?

STARTING SMALL

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team
by Maura Thomas
Harvard Business Review

Sometimes it can be hard to know how to start implementing change. Even for leaders who understand the importance of rest in avoiding burnout in their social justice work, it can be difficult to conceive of practical ways to help teams take time to rejuvenate. In this article, learn more about how taking time away encourages creative problem solving and consider implementing changes in one area that can make a surprisingly big difference not just for you but also for your team: email.

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