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The Well-Being for All Webinar Series 

A Shared Inquiry into Well-Being in Systems and Ourselves
Co-hosted by the Academy for Systems Change and CoCreative

Live Community Session:

Reframing Equity As Liberatory Change


Featured Guest: Lucinda Garthwaite, Founder & Director of the Institute for Liberatory Innovation


September 19, 2024
9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific US
:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern US


Equity, along with its sister-words diversity, inclusion and sometimes belonging, is often framed in ideological and numerical terms:  The degree to which people in a system embrace of concepts like systemic oppression, social supremacies, and bias; the number of previously under-represented people in a system; the level of awareness of injustice. Expressions of commitment, promises of safety.


As worthy as all of that may be, it’s not at all clear that those approaches have moved the needle fast or sustainably enough in terms of actual lived experience in schools and organizations, or in daily life.


What if equity were reframed in terms of thriving? What if there are no safe spaces? What if that concept might actually cause harm? What if mistakes, ignorance, bias, and even harm are normalized as human traits?  What if personal practice drives changes in relationships that drive changes in actual lived experiences that make it possible for everyone in a system to thrive?


Those are the questions that drive the Institute for liberatory Innovation to reframe equity in schools and organizations in terms of liberatory change, and that we’ll explore in this session.

By the end of the webinar participants will:

  • Consider the impact of reframing DEI paradigms in terms of liberatory change.

  • Think about grace, accountability, and curiosity as fiercely motivated strategies for demonstrable change.

  • Question the notion that changing beliefs is the most effective path to changing experiences of inequity and injustice.

**There is no fee to participate in this special event. We invite you to make a donation to benefit the work of ROCA, Inc. Roca’s mission is to be a relentless force in disrupting incarceration, poverty, and racism by engaging the young people, police, and systems at the center of urban violence to address trauma, find hope, and drive change.  As an organization, and in their work with young people, ROCA’s behavior is defined by restorative practice. No young person is too tough for Roca, even if they have lost all trust and hope for the future. The ROCA model has changed thousands of lives, with award-winning  outcomes.  


Welcoming Guest and Co-Host, Lucinda Garthwaite


Lucinda is the founder and Director of the nonprofit Institute for Liberatory Innovation. The ILI generates innovative solutions to create liberatory environments - where compassion leads to action, curiosity inspires connection, and accountability ensures sustained progress. Their work invites people to think and behave differently, and to align their day-to-day lives more closely with an increasingly thriving, just, and peaceful future.


Prior to founding the ILI in 2019, Lucinda worked in youth-serving organizations; and taught writing and social change at the University of New Hampshire and Goddard College, where  she also co-directed the undergraduate program, and served as Academic Dean.


Lucinda holds a Doctorate in Leadership for Change from Fielding University, and is a Fellow of the Fielding Institute for Social Innovation.  She also has Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire, and an MFA in Creative writing from Goddard College.  She’s the author of Bumbling Humans: Reflections on Liberatory Change (2023). She posts regularly in the ILI newsletter. 

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