In 2019, Cultivate sponsored Soul Fire Farm to host an Uprooting Racism workshop for over 100 food justice advocates in Charlottesville. One tool they shared is an organizational assessment with six tenants that help you analyze your place as an antiracist organization. Out of this work, Cultivate developed an Uprooting Racism Action Plan that outlines our aspirations and action steps in each of the tenets. As we look at the tenet of Decision-Making, Power and Authority we are exploring how our organizational structure builds equity and asking:
What does it mean to share power?
What does a just organizational system look like?
How do we practice uprooting racism and building racial equity in the way we work together?
What does transformational leadership look like?
As we explore and deepen our antiracist analysis we are drawn to transforming the traditional organizational structure that concentrates leadership at the top into a transformational leadership model.
This vision includes:
This vision led us to launch a new organizational structure rooted in Transformational Leadership. Having co-executive directors, is one aspect of transformational leadership.
We believe a shared leadership model is a way to practice our values, amplify diverse skill sets, create balance in our work, increase community engagement, and create equity where multiple perspectives, skills, and experiences are valued. We anticipate evolving our leadership structure as our work becomes more deeply rooted in racial equity.