Here's what I've come up with as my first attempt, I really want to test out an action accountability group that is focused and has a fixed timeline. Here's how I think it might happen so far:
- The pilot is open to anyone anywhere (since it'll be virtual) who would like to be taking more action in area of politics and/or racial justice. It is especially for people are feeling resignation in response to what's happening in the world, anyone who got really fired up in November but have been unable to translate that into action, anyone who is overwhelmed and ends up doing nothing even though they'd really like to, etc.
- The pilot lasts 6 weeks and each person in the pilot commits to one action per week. We meet once a week, virtually, to declare the action to the group for accountability and support and to check in with our follow through on the past week's action.
- The action can be anything that is meaningful to you (and ideally pushes you slightly past your comfort zone each time) - one phone call to a senator, attending a rally, doing one thing to diversify your media intake, volunteering with a group you support, etc.
Here's some additional context:
1. I've spent a lot of time thinking about how I might be able to create more impact in this area and I've decided to use my professional skills (since coaching is all about action and accountability). People often tell me they're really impressed with how much I take action I take in my life, but the truth is, I'm often confused by this comment. Taking action, for whatever reason, is something that comes really easily to me. I have not practiced it, I have not intentionally focused on it, it just happens because that's how my brain is wired. So I love sharing this with others, and is actually a big part of why I love coaching so much, precisely because it comes so easily to me and not necessarily to others.
2. This request is also partly selfish. Yes, taking action comes pretty naturally to me, but I can also drag my heels on uncomfortable growth. I want to create a community for my own accountability as well and be surrounded by people taking action. For example, several months ago, I watched this short video from 'This Matters' about how black parents explain to their kids how to deal with police. For me it was a tiny window into a topic where I don't have any insight and it was really difficult to watch. I wanted to learn more, so a few weeks later I recorded a documentary 'The Talk - Race in America' on PBS, but have conveniently avoided watching it. Sometimes I get tripped up on taking action based on my own discomfort so I could benefit from an accountability group as well.
So, if you or anyone you know falls into the category of feeling resigned or disappointed with their amount of action since the outrage they felt in November or generally wants to be a guinea pig for an accountability action group focused on political action or racial justice, please get in touch. I'm curious to see if this is something that people are interested in.
To participate, please:
- Use the contact form on this site or message me through Facebook to let me know you're interested
- Let me know why you're interested in joining and give me a bit of context
- Sign up by Sunday May 14th
Please share this with friends, family, etc and I'll let you know what happens!