“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”
– Audre Lorde
Let’s be honest. We treat workplace communities like we treat romantic relationships we’re trying to control. We make a decision about long-term compatibility based on a few interviews and then we enter into the organization with an expectation that it is our responsibility to make it functional; to make it last forever. We enter into that organization believing that we must sacrifice ourselves for the collective comfort of the organization. We give up on our boundaries in the name of philanthropy, respectability, and the annual report. It’s time we changed that dynamic for good.
Here are my questions to you:
Who told you that working at a non-profit meant that you had to accept being treated like you didn’t matter?
Who told you that working with marginalized communities outside the organization meant having to pretend to be boundaryless within it?
Who told you that it was your responsibility to stay in communities refusing to confront their institutional harm?
Just like we have relationships with people, we have relationships with institutions. Boundary Work for NGO Communities is a 75 minute online intensive designed to help you define a framework for getting to the root of building nonprofit community founded in liberatory relationships, reparative based action, and community care.
- Address conflict through a lens of anti-oppression and repair.
- Build communities founded in collective liberation and individual accountability.
- Identify strategies for articulating institutional harm.
- Create frameworks for conflict resolution and community care.
- Develop plans of action and strategies for exit (because not all relationships last forever and that’s okay).