One of our organizational principles is emergence. When we came across adrienne maree brown’s book Emergent Strategy in 2017, we were really moved by her work and it deeply resonated with our budding practices of experimentation. Since then, we’ve strengthened our experimentation muscle.
Below are small-scale projects we’ve taken on that continue to move us towards being a more connected, values-aligned, and accountable organization.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Movement Sustainability Commons is a joint project by the Center for Economic Democracy and Resist. It nourishes and sustains people and groups working for justice, economic democracy, and liberation.
We do this by offering affordable, high-quality services, practices, spaces and pathways that support both interdependence and self-reliance for community self-determination.
We aspire to co-create an off-ramp to the non-profit industrial complex that frees people and groups to work cooperatively with emergence, imagination and a focus on living their purpose and sharing their gifts.
We hold an anti-oppressive stance while centering the people closest to the issues.
We believe healing justice is necessary for liberation. Healing Justice – knowing that there are multiple definitions of healing justice, we start with the Astraea Foundation’s definition: Healing justice is the set of resiliency and survival practices that center the collective safety and wellbeing of communities
Over the past few years, Resist has been in the process of transformation. After celebrating our 50th anniversary three years ago and the accomplishments of thousands of groups we've supported over the years, we began to look towards the horizon and asked ourselves, "What will the next 50 years look like?" On our 51st year we shared our story of transformation with our donors, grantees, and colleagues in philanthropy through our Radical Philanthropy Series on medium. The following year we gathered with supporters, grantees, donors, and folks in philanthropy to celebrate the culmination of our series through an evening of reflection, conversation, and food. We believe Resist has the potential to be a transformative organization in philanthropy and the movements for justice and liberation and we are continuing to think of ways to shift and move towards this in radically principled ways.
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Today’s world was just a vision 50 years ago and we know that strong grassroots communities will always be the core element of democratic progress. Resist is committed to supporting frontline activists building a just and free world for the next half century and beyond.
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