Social Justice Resilience and Community Building

submission by elizabeth.kilpatrick

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Center for Council

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):


Fiscally sponsored by Community Partners

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Center for Council delivers council-based programs that foster collective wisdom, greater resilience and a deeper sense of community.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We work with local social justice organizations to implement Council Practice. To serve the needs of the populations they serve, these organizations must develop their capacity to listen deeply and compassionately so as to understand both the context and history of the underlying issues. The practice of deep listening without judgment fosters an atmosphere of respect for one’s self and others, promotes empathy, understanding and cooperation.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


A critical challenge for social justice organizations as they advocate for positive social change is to listen deeply to the communities in which they work. These organizations are mission-driven to voice the needs of the populations they serve and, therefore, staff must develop a capacity to listen deeply to understand both the context and history of the underlying issues embedded within these populations and the history that lives in the stories of individual community members and their families.

In addition to the opportunity to hear the voice of the population they serve, when a staff participates in Council, an opportunity emerges for employees and peers to develop greater rapport, trust and a deeper sense of community. Integrating Council practice creates a healthier and more nurturing workplace, which fosters greater cooperation, motivation and creativity that then supports innovation, increased productivity and better decision-making. Inviting deep listening and giving permission to speak authentically, allows employees to trust that they will not be judged or shut down for speaking heartfully in Council. Thus, the workplace becomes a rich environment for greater individual self-expression, group affirmation and collegial bonding, becoming an effective antidote to burnout.
Council may be understood to be the embodiment of compassion in community. Groups and organizations that incorporate this practice of collective mindfulness, awareness of self and surroundings, regulation and cultivation of healthy communication and behavior create environments of care, compassion, and community wellness. The indigenous wisdom traditions from which this work has emerged have known about the great benefits of ceremony and ritual and have gathered around the fire for countless generations to share stories, norm shared values and celebrate commonalities. Agencies and organizations, schools, prisons, communities and families can use the skills taught by Center for Council to create greater community wellness, which will be evidenced in significant positive shifts in personal health (lower stress, less stress-related disease, greater attention), group health (better communication, more empathy, deeper cooperation) and community health (more pro-social, compassion-centered engagement). These health outcomes are consistently observed and increasingly measured in program evaluation of our work.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will employ an internal evaluation methodology for this program, which we developed in partnership with RAND Corp and which will include administration of pre and post surveys, anonymous feedback forms, and anecdotal and narrative self-¬report accounts of the project’s impacts. We will evaluate: perceptions of authentic interpersonal connection, self-reported feelings of support and recognition versus isolation within staff groups, organizational resilience in instances of change or hardship, participants’ understanding of the council form and process, impact of the council process on organizational function and client interactions, organizational readiness for the project, degree to which the organization’s specific stated objectives were met, overall effectiveness of council trainers, including cultural sensitivity and self-awareness, whether appropriate referrals were available and known to participants, and retention and engagement of council trained staff.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Beautiful work being done here.

by powderkeg
5 months ago


by albaluz
6 months ago

Center for Council does great work!
Council has been healing for me.

by lynnthomas
6 months ago

So happy that Rinzai-ji can support the Center for Council.

by Gento
6 months ago

This is so great.

by speidi
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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