Engagement and Collaboration Principles

  • Strive to have an open mind, heart, and spirit
  • Be present, aware, and awake
  • Be intentional and authentic
  • Be curious, imaginative, and creative
  • Actively listen with empathy
  • Be transparent about your mission and role(s)
  • Seed, encourage, and express trust, generosity, hospitality, and cooperation
  • Everyone is a teacher and learner
  • Everyone contains within them the seeds to make change
  • Everyone is sacred, divine, and holy, just as they are
  • Connect to people where they are
  • Work together in solidarity – really be with each other
  • All experiences are teachers, particularly obstacles and difficult people
  • Be cognizant of power, race, class, etc. issues, dynamics, and influences
  • Strive for being culturally appropriate and responsible
  • Uplift stories and examples of love, hospitality, solidarity, hope, healing, and restorative justice
  • Call out and disrupt injustice, hatred, greed, exploitation, and violence
  • Focus on what affirms and strengthens empowerment, resilience, creativity, wholeness, joy, vitality, flourishing, thriving, community, compassion, liberation, and what’s meaningful
  • Everything changes