The Next Normal: An Interview with Katy Rubin

The Next Normal: Katy Rubin

Join Brooke as she engages in a profound discussion with Katy Rubin, founder of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. In this episode, Katy sheds light on the importance of understanding and reshaping power dynamics, particularly in the nonprofit realm. They delve into Katy’s journey as a white leader in an organization that partners with marginalized communities, the challenges of systemic power imbalances, and the essential steps towards creating a more equitable future. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to contribute to meaningful societal change, offering insights on redefining power structures and fostering new narratives.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. Understanding Power Dynamics: Insights into how power dynamics shape nonprofit work.
  2. Evaluating Privilege and Space: Katy’s perspective on grappling with white privilege and the space she occupies in the sector.
  3. Shifting Toward Equity: Steps for moving forward towards true equity and changing systemic flaws.

Key Takeaways:

  • The crucial role of power dynamics in framing societal problems and solutions.
  • The need for self-reflection and critical evaluation of one’s role in power structures.
  • The importance of systemic change over focusing on individual blame.
  • Re-designing processes and narratives to achieve equitable outcomes.
  • Practical advice for reimagining leadership and organizational structures.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Evaluate Personal Space: Assess how much space you occupy and its impact.
  2. Recognize Power Imbalances: Identify systemic power imbalances within organizations.
  3. Initiate Critical Conversations: Encourage discussions about equity and power dynamics.
  4. Redesign Processes: Change organizational structures and processes to promote equity.
  5. Foster Inclusive Narratives: Create and support narratives that empower marginalized communities.

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