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Onward!

by Terri Hall

2021 is underway. Like you, we continue to forge our way forward through this pandemic landscape, doing our best to tend to our Good Work…on the job, at home, in our communities and the greater world “out there”, as well as within our own hearts. This month, we are resuming The Transition Narrative, GWI’s blog series documenting our ongoing experience of democratizing our workplace by becoming a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit. We kick off our new slate of posts with “Set Down Those Bags,” in which Aja shares about our experience of facing power dynamics within our organization as we initiated the shift from a hierarchical to a shared leadership model. Our hope is that by peering through this window into our journey of creating Just Transition within the GWI organization, you might gain inspiration and insights into change you can bring to your Good Work.

We launched this series of posts in September 2019 to share our journey of moving from a traditional hierarchical nonprofit to a worker self-directed nonprofit. Over the weeks and months, we have posted regularly, detailing important milestones and sharing our experiences. We envision this series to be a companion to the formal policies we will share at the end of our transition. We are on a journey – as a team, as individuals, and as a part of this community. We are hoping that by opening up this transition it might help others take the first steps towards sharing power in their workplaces.

This series combines more formal articles from the team about the organizational transition to a worker self-directed nonprofit, describing the steps we have taken, and “Notes from the Field” journal entries sharing our personal experiences. We hope you find it useful and inspiring! Let us know what it sparks for you.

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