Through our work with nonprofit organizations, grantmakers, movement networks, and other partners in the field, we have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with people deeply engaged in advancing love, dignity, and justice. Through these partnerships, we are getting increasingly clear that both deep and wide-scale change is found in the interconnected practices that weave together a set of five elements.
- Advancing Deep Equity
- Cultivating Leaderful Ecosystems
- Valuing Multiple Ways of Knowing
- Influencing Complex Systems Change
- Creating the Space for Inner Work
We first shared approaches and practices for embracing these elements through a series of articles published in the Nonprofit Quarterly where we looked at each element separately. The five articles in the series present each element in turn, exploring what it means and how people, organizations, and networks are putting it into practice.
Pursuing Deep Equity by Sheryl Petty and Amy B. Dean is the first article in the series.
More and more nonprofits, foundations, and capacity builders are delving deeply into the implications of equity for their work both externally and internally – this has been a shift towards what we call “deep equity.” The pursuit of deep equity is a long overdue pivot from primarily aiming for diverse staff, boards, and constituents, and is essential for creating the conditions necessary for advancing justice and liberation. A few of the core aspects of what we mean by deep equity include honoring differences and working at multiple levels; focusing on relationships, intersectionality and addressing trauma; and eliminating disparities.