The Practice of Liberatory Governance, with Natalie Bamdad and Ananda Valenzuela


In this enlightening episode, Brooke explores the intricate world of Liberatory Governance with experts Natalie Bamdad and Ananda Valenzuela from Change Elemental. This conversation dives deep into redefining governance in ways that disrupt traditional power dynamics and foster equity. As leaders in their field, Natalie and Ananda bring unique insights into creating governance structures that truly resonate with justice and equity principles. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to transform their organizational governance into a more inclusive and equitable system.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. Understanding Liberatory Governance: Unpacking the true essence of governance beyond conventional norms.
  2. Applying Liberatory Principles: Practical advice on incorporating liberatory governance in your organization.
  3. Real-World Example: Insight into Change Elemental’s journey in developing their governance team and practices.

Key Takeaways:

  • A comprehensive understanding of what liberatory governance entails.
  • Strategies for implementing equitable and just governance practices.
  • Insights from Change Elemental’s experience in governance transformation.
  • The significance of shared leadership and decision-making in governance.
  • The impact of governance on racial equity and systems change.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Redefine Governance: Challenge traditional governance concepts and understand their impact on equity.
  2. Learn from Examples: Analyze Change Elemental’s approach to liberatory governance.
  3. Apply Liberatory Practices: Implement strategies in your organization to foster equitable governance.
  4. Evaluate and Adapt: Continuously assess and refine governance practices for maximum impact.
  5. Foster Inclusive Decision-Making: Encourage shared leadership and diverse perspectives in governance roles.

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