International Development Exchange (IDEX) | idex.org (Berkeley, CA)
IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. IDEX connects a passionate and engaged network of supporters to the visionary leaders and organizations creating lasting solutions to their communities’ most pressing challenges. IDEX invests in initiatives led by the women, youth, and indigenous people who are solving our world's most pressing problems. Supporting grassroots leaders in the Global South creates lasting, transformative change - a world with food sovereignty, alternative economies, and climate justice.
Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe | abenakitribe.org
The mission of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation is to strengthen our government; to build our community, and ensure sustainability; to protect our customs and traditions; and to revive our culture and celebrate our heritage while sharing it with those around us. N'dakinna (our homeland) is nestled among the lakes, rivers, and forests of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Our connection to this land cannot be described in any language. It is our birthright and obligation to advocate for our ancestral territory so that its uniqueness and beauty will be protected for the generations to come.
Shelburne Farms | shelburnefarms.org (Shelburne, VT)
The mission of Shelburne Farms is to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future by
- educating young people to become ecologically literate and caring citizens who make choices that create a healthy and just world and
- practicing the stewardship of natural, agricultural, and cultural resources.
iLEAP | ileap.org (Seattle, WA)
iLEAP exists to create more social justice and equity in the world and to lift up and sustain the community-based leaders who are the center of social change. We believe that, if we grow, transform, and connect these people that it will lead to stronger communities, countries, and less human suffering in the world.
Vermont Network | vtnetwork.org
Violence isn’t just something that happens between two people. Our culture of violence impacts every one of us. While providing direct services for survivors and perpetrators is essential, if we want to end violence we must also work to change our culture.
Vermont Network unites our members to uproot the causes of violence – the actions, systems, and beliefs that drive it.
- We bring together 15 members that provide essential services to survivors of violence in Vermont.
- We equip our members to become stronger agents for change.
- Together we advocate for changes in policies, institutions, and ultimately our culture.
We are creating a world free of violence and oppression so every last Vermonter thrives.
Black/Land Project | blacklandproject.org
The Black/Land Project gathers and analyzes stories about the relationship between black people, land and place. The purpose of the project is to identify and amplify the current critical dialogues surrounding the relationship between black people (including African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, AfroLatin@s and African immigrants) and land. The relationship to land may be a black business district in Detroit, a fifth generation family farm in the Alabama Black Belt , a public park in Cleveland, or a Boston church filled with local history. Because black people are the most urbanized racial group in the U.S., our definition of “land” prioritizes relationships to land in cities used for streets and neighborhoods; relationships between urban lots that are land-banked and conservation land; black agricultural tradition in urban and rural settings; and wilderness and forests as black spaces. Our focus is sharing the powerful traditions of resourcefulness, resilience and regeneration that black relationships to land contain.
MassCircles | masscircles.com
Our vision is of thriving communities creating their desired conditions of well being. Our mission is to support the enactment of circle process in the lives of communities. Our values are love, forgiveness, generosity, collaboration, and intentionality. Our strategies are implementation of learning journeys with individuals, groups, and organizations; consulting with individuals, groups, and organizations; and fomenting dialogues with groups.
The history of our work has been filled with opportunities for exciting innovations in the effort to expand the use of circles process in urban and suburban contexts in the United States. At the same time, we have encountered tremendous challenges due to cultural appropriation, racism, and intersectional oppression within the very organizations, scholars, practitioners, and communities that have embraced circles practice. The creation of MassCircles comes as a direct response to the glaring need for innovative community engagement and systems change practices as well as to the lack of accountability and misuse of circles practice by individuals, groups, and organizations who have not thoughtfully endeavored to understand power and privilege in their circle work.