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    Thank you to everyone who has been following GWI’s blog series on our journey of transitioning to a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit. The response has been incredibly positive and thought-provoking.  We will be taking a brief hiatus from posting as we wrap up 2019 and prepare to put our 2020 plans in action. We’ve been having … Continued

    Notes from the Field

    By Terri Hall A few springs ago, one of my friend’s daughters spent the night alone in the woods as part of a Wild Earth youth program aimed at building character, confidence, and self-reliance. Heather had been well-prepared by Wild Earth over the months prior to this wilderness-based rite of passage, learning practical skills like … Continued

    It Takes Time

    by Micah, with Caitlin Dourmashkin Where to begin? This journey didn’t start with policies. Before we even knew what a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit was, we had started. I think GWI was already less hierarchical than most. There was already a lot of autonomy in our work. And we began asking ourselves, “How can we deeply … Continued

    Notes from the Field

    by Micah Last February, I was on a panel discussing the Race To Lead Survey at Non-Profit Talks here in Kingston. The survey detailed what many of us know, that within the well-intentioned world of nonprofits, leadership is disproportionately white. Only a couple of months prior, I suddenly had realized that in all my years … Continued

    The Learning Circle: Humbly Traveling Alongside

    by Terri Hall, with Susan Grove The path we travel toward Just Transition is not well-worn. GWI is invested in playing our role to co-create this path with those whose efforts are making Just Transition possible. In humble recognition of the fact that we travel not ahead, but alongside the people, projects and organizations in … Continued

    Notes from the Field

    by Hélène Lesterlin I started at Good Work Institute seven weeks ago. It still feels unfamiliar, fresh, there’s still so much to learn and absorb and integrate into my own thinking. But I realize I can’t keep saying, “I just started!” because eventually I won’t be the neophyte anymore. So, as the first Worker Trustee … Continued

    Welcome Hélène

    by Terri, Micah, Caitlin, Aja, and Susan We are thrilled to announce that Hélène Lesterlin has joined the staff of the Good Work Institute as a Worker Trustee and steward of our Development and Communications circles. A social entrepreneur, artist, and community builder, Hélène’s diverse background spans new economy and business practices, coworking and cooperatives, … Continued

    Transition + Expansion: Welcoming a New Worker into the Fold

    by Caitlin Dourmashkin, with Susan Grove On May 1st of this year, GWI began the long and involved transition to becoming a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit. On May 2nd, we posted the listing for a Development Director position. From the very start, we have designed this system knowing that someone new would be joining our team … Continued

    Notes from the Field

    by Caitlin Dourmashkin It’s not the shared leadership that is hard, it is the not-shared leadership. When we started, one of the first big ideas about this work was the non-hierarchical approach, i.e. distributed leadership where there wasn’t a single person responsible for “executive” decision making. That makes sense, right? We are becoming a WORKER … Continued

    How It All Works: Introducing the GWI Circles

    by Caitlin Dourmashkin, with Terri Hall and Susan Grove Now that we’ve told you about our circle policy and practice, it is time to introduce our actual circles. We went through a few iterations of this framework, starting way back in early June with a mapping project tying our existing work to our new Worker … Continued

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