As leaders of our small company, we shape Picture Impact. We are aware that our own embodiment and mindsets infused with white supremacy culture are evident and influence how our company shows up in the world and ultimately the impact(s) it has. To that end, we seek to be intentional about our practices, our choices, and behavior and are seeking to learn to see white supremacy culture; to unlearn the ways of being, doing and thinking we have been brought up within; and to actively choose to live beyond the narrative it demands of us.

These creative prompts invite the…


Sense of urgency — White Supremacy Culture
Sense of urgency — White Supremacy Culture

As leaders of our small company, we shape Picture Impact. We are aware that our own embodiment and mindsets infused with white supremacy culture are evident and influence how our company shows up in the world and ultimately the impact(s) it has. To that end, we seek to be intentional about our practices, our choices, and behavior and are seeking to learn to see white supremacy culture; to unlearn the ways of being, doing and thinking we have been brought up within; and to actively choose to live beyond the narrative it demands of us.

These creative prompts invite the…


WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE

We are taking time, every two weeks, to use a creative practice and dialogue for exploring each of the different characteristics of white supremacy culture identified in Dr. Tema Okun’s White Supremacy Culture.

  1. Perfectionism
  2. A sense of urgency
  3. Defensiveness
  4. Valuing QUANTITY over QUALITY
  5. Worship of the written word
  6. Belief in only one right way
  7. Paternalism
  8. EITHER/OR thinking
  9. Power hoarding
  10. Fear of open conflict
  11. Individualism
  12. Belief that I’m the only one (who can do this ‘right’)
  13. Belief that progress is bigger and more
  14. Belief in objectivity
  15. Claiming a right to comfort

We understand the spirituality and vitality of being creative and…


Adaptation of coaching to remote delivery in rural Malawi

“Cooperative Journey Decision Point,” illustrated by Ali Ombati

Background

An in-person cooperative coaching program by Ventures37 (as part of the Cooperative Development Program) faced the Covid-19 challenge of putting in-person contact on hold. Yet, in rural Malawi without reliable internet and low tech literacy, the American reflexive reach for zoom as a solution was not tenable. We had the pleasure of running a 2-month design sprint with their fabulous coaches to create a viable solution.

Our task?

Conceive of, create, and test a way to deliver customized finance and governance coaching to rural cooperatives.

Here were some of the design parameters:

  • Two different coaches for each cooperative with intersecting, but separate…

A group of young professionals in a meeting at a co-working space. Design Hub Kampala, Uganda.
A group of young professionals in a meeting at a co-working space. Design Hub Kampala, Uganda.
Young professionals at Design Hub Kampala. Used with permission.

There are popular frames through which Africa is seen. These frames portray that Africa as a single country which lacks agency, is broken, or needs fixing. This is the only way to see Africa, because these are the known ways to write about Africa. They work to tell a singular story. Author Binyavanga Wainana captures this irony succinctly in his expository piece titled How to Write About Africa’ In his words, “…Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book…”

There is a method to understanding…


The project

An in-person cooperative coaching program by Ventures37 (as part of the Cooperative Development Program) faced the Covid-19 challenge of putting in-person contact on hold. Yet, in rural Malawi without reliable internet and low tech literacy, the American reflexive reach for zoom as a solution was not tenable. We had the pleasure of running a 3-month design sprint with their team of experienced coaches to create a viable solution.

Our task?

Conceive of, create, and test at least 4 distinct ways to deliver customized finance and governance coaching to rural cooperatives-no internet, intermittent electricity, many have never opened a laptop, and a variety…

Picture Impact

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