Our Process: What does this look like?
Ecología Rising’s process stems from the Community Education praxis process which is a continuous cycle of the community proposing an idea through imaginative visioning, researching, assessing, implementing through practice, evaluating, reflecting and revising. in order to empower communities to realize their potential. Ideally, constant reflection and re-evaluation is woven into each step of the process to make sure the people being most affected by decisions have direct feedback loops and are included in positions of power around making decision. The importance of this process being a spiral is that it is a never ending process of continual visioning, assessing, planning, implementing, reflecting that has no starting or ending point in the cycle. The continuousness and non linearity of this model keeps communities or organizations from becoming stuck in old ways, or in ruts based on old patterns that are no longer serving them. It is a theory that organizations can be in dynamic and emergent relationship to their missions, visions values and goals without being ruled or confined by a more static understanding of the times and their organization’s role within their work
A trained facilitator will work with individuals and groups in a series of sessions to figure out where you want to be ideally, where you are now, and how you will get there. This process is similar to organizational development, using the end goal of your ideal vision as your starting point, and then working backwards from there. This process will look different for each client depending on their unique needs. Some groups may need to start with developing their agreements, core elements and values to create common ground from which to start. Honesty, transparency, compassion and acceptance are key for this stage with empathy, trust and conflict transformation processes. Once the groundwork has been laid, the carefully facilitated collective visioning process can start by tapping into the individual and collective imagination. Multiple mediums and ways of expressing visions are encouraged and recorded first taking in all ideas in order to collectively harvest the wisdom in the room. From there, working in progressively larger and larger groups until the vision is fused, honed, tested until a collective vision or idea emerges that concrete and honed enough to move on to the next phase of the process.
Once those two points have been determined, where the community is in reality, and where they want to go, the action plan, implementation strategy, resource and capacity assessment, accountability structures are ready to be created in order to move into action.