As a nonprofit working to shift the feedback field to be more equitable, Feedback Labs commits to leveraging our privilege and platform to amplify the voices of historically excluded communities. The Listening for Justice blog series highlights BIPOC activists' and leaders’ experiences in listening to their communities and using feedback to make meaningful change.
Since our last project report, we have published four new Listening for Justice blog posts. You can view the previous project report here.
In Centering Black & Latine/x neighbors in the former capital of the confederacy, Rodney Gaines and Dana Kiernan from Virginia Community Voice discuss how listening and feedback are integral to their mission and work to uplift historically marginalized communities. They collect community input to design programs, with the ethos that “We don’t stop after listening. We move people toward collective action. We build power.”
For 25 years, Children’s Law Center (CLC) has fought for every child in Washington, DC to be able to grow up with a stable family, good health, and quality education — and to live in a world in which racism, trauma, and poverty are eliminated as barriers to success. In Listening to DC’s children and families to improve legal services, Hannah Strauss discusses how they used listening to shift their work and tackle systematic challenges. Strauss reflects on the question, “What does equitable legal representation look like?” and writes that people “are experts of their own lived experiences and therefore have expert insights that can help shape our services”; by making their services more client-centered, CLC is creating opportunities for families to be their own "decision-makers and leaders."
In Black art and artists matter, founder Tatiana Rice writes that “consistently adapting based on feedback has been essential” to BlkArthouse’s mission: “to empower Black artists who have been underrepresented in the visual arts, and that required an artist-first approach”. BlkArthouse employed an artist-first approach to focus on building a community before launching their platform, BLKMKT. By listening to the community that they seek to serve, BlkArthouse learned more about the “barriers Black artists face to achieve racial equity in the visual arts” and how that shapes “new ways and better outcomes to empower Black artists”.
Black Girls Hike RVA was founded in 2020 by Shara and Nicole, two friends and educators, who also found joy in hiking. While out on the trails, they noticed the lack of diversity. With a vision and passion for wanting to create a space for women of color to enjoy the outdoors, BGHRVA was born. Creating a safe space for women of color on hiking trails shares how BGHRVA is creating safe outdoor spaces for women of color in the former capital of the confederacy with a goal of seeing more "brown faces in green spaces."
Thanks to support from donors like you, we were able to recognize, honor, and compensate these activists and leaders for their time and labor relating to this blog series. If you know of a leader, activist, or organization who would like to contribute to the Listening for Justice blog series, please get in touch by sending an email to Corey via email@example.com.
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