A New Decade, A Redoubled Resolve

Our response to the moral urgency of the times

By the Garfield Team – Jennie, Ruth, Eleni, Jen, Motaz, Mollie and Jessica

Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
  • Recognizing that no one actor, no matter how well-resourced they are, can solve complex challenges on their own
  • Taking time with our partners to understand both the dynamics driving the complex systems we want to shift and the strategies for doing so
  • Engaging those who are most negatively impacted by the system at stake to speak and take action for themselves in a manner that is safe and empowered
  • Experimenting with unlikely and innovative solutions
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning and reflection on both what our collective work is and how we’re doing it, in order to increase our adaptability, responsiveness, and vigilance that our practices (as individuals and organizations) don’t embody the values and mindsets perpetuating the challenges we are addressing
  • Aligning strategies and actions to shift core dynamics in the system at stake
  • Finding synergies and reinforcing actions among collaborators
  • Matching the urgency of the time by deploying financial resources more liberally (i.e., spending more than the standard annual 5% payout in the U.S.)
  • Paying closer attention to the fundamental power differential that is part of operating in a world of scarce resources where foundations decide on the distribution of those resources
  • Investing more liberally in collaborative endeavors, such as networks, of diverse groups of funders and grantees to encourage coordinated action that leverages the work of an array of actors with different perspectives, including those with least access to resources
  • Extending trust beyond our immediate colleagues and grantees to new and unlikely partners

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