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This week I came across Suriya’s work and the Colours Youth Network, who have a crowdfunder you can give to here. Our vision is to ensure that across the UK every LGBT+ young person of colour has access to a local provision and support that is led by LGBT+ people of colour.” I’ve seen a lot during this crisis in terms of who and what we fund, how important specialist infrastructure is.

This week Farzana from Healing Justice London and Maia came in to do a session with my team, organised by Hannah prior to Covid, on racial justice, inclusion and allyship. They covered topics like deepening our understandings of whiteness and how that contributes to perpetuating racial injustice in the sector, exploring and developing a healthier relationship to power and how to start designing an organisation to be in solidarity with racial justice movements and intersecting struggles. I couldn’t make the session due to a long-standing commitment but have seen the slides, the feedback and am looking forward to our follow up session.

What I’ve been doing

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Radical Help turned into a programme called Radical Way.
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The Workstream Strategy canvas on the left and the Product/Service Offering canvas on the right.

“ In strategic design what we make is not what we hope to accomplish. We never just make a website, we do it to change an organizational culture. We never just make a building, we do it to bring focus and urgency to regulatory change. We never just publish a book, we do it to illuminate an opaque network of actors and interests around a given topic. In these examples the material becomes a trojan horse for the immaterial. Strategic design involves the task of matching up the ambition for change with the appropriate vehicle that makes change concrete and visibly apparent. We reorganize material to unlock the potential for change in the immaterial aspects of life — the cultures, institutions, systems and governance structures that shape our world.”

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The Miro board from the design workshop — so much rich learning!
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My 6 main points on the left and the Miro board on the right.

What’s been important this week

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What I’ve learned this week

Generally at the moment I am looking for the longer-term imagining, and the ideas and language that feel unfamiliar or challenge me. I do believe we really need to reimagine so much, and I am not sure where that is happening at the moment. I love this speech by Grace Lee Boggs.

“The time has come for us to reimagine everything. We have to reimagine work and go away from labor. We have to reimagine revolution and get beyond protest. We have to think not only about change in our institutions, but changes in ourselves. It’s up to us to reimagine the alternatives and not just protest against them and expect them to do better.”

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Senior Head, UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund & Co-founder of the Point People. Previously Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone.

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