Project Stone Catcher provides opportunities for nonprofit leaders to develop the skills and understanding necessary to lead nonprofit organizations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to advance social justice issues for the broader community. In alignment with our mission, Project Stone Catcher aims to build a community of stone catchers who trust each other, offer support to one another and provide safe space for exploration and discussion of issues that have historically been difficult to discuss. The name of this effort is inspired by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson calls upon those with power and privilege to catch stones – to stand between those who “cast stones” and those who are daily injured by a politics of hate and violence. Thus, to be anti-racist, to be an accomplice in advancing social justice, requires one to be a stone catcher.
ALL WE CAN SAVE: A LEARNING CIRCLE
Join us as we read, study, and discuss All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis as part of a learning circle focused on our climate crisis and environmental justice. This small group experience will provide nonprofit leaders with resources, space, and generous dialogue about the climate crisis to connect and find their place in the “we” that is necessary to create a “just and livable future.”
All We Can Save is an anthology of collected writings from sixty women at the forefront of the climate movement. The Learning Circle curriculum was designed by the editors of All We Can Save to answer the book’s call for more community and leadership in addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustice. Participants will discuss one chapter from All We Can Save at each meeting of the nine-month learning circle starting with “Root,” then moving to “Advocate, ” “Reframe,” “Reshape,” “Persist,” “Feel,” “Nourish,” “Rise,” and ending with “Onward.” The group’s facilitator will be Mary Jo Schumann, PhD, a graduate of our Leadership Reading Group program.
The Learning Circle will start on October 11, 2022 and will meet monthly through June of 2023 on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:00am to 11:00am. The dates for the nine-month program are: October 11, 2022, November 8, 2022, December 13, 2022, January 10, 2023, February 14, 2023, March 14, 2023, April 11, 2023, May 9, 2023, and June 13, 2023. Meetings will be held at the Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego office at 5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92122. The program cost is $175 per person.
This peer-learning experience is limited to 12 nonprofit leaders. Applications are due August 16, 2022. Click the button below to submit your application. For more information, download the information sheet, or contact our office.
THE EQUITY JOURNEY
Starting in 2020, Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego partnered with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to bring you The Equity Journey, a three-part series of online learning opportunities focused on equity, inclusion, and diversity:
- The Equity Journey
- The Equity Journey 2.0: Equity and Nonprofit Organization Success
- The Equity Journey 3.0: What’s Fair? Exploring Social Justice in America
Each Equity Journey offering has two parts: a self-guided on-line course broken into two or three learning modules and Fieldstone-exclusive small group discussions corresponding to each module. The group discussions have been shown to help participants feel connected to the material and to each other and more confident about having difficult conversations as they move forward. In 2022, we offered both Equity Journey 2.0 and Equity Journey 3.0 No further offerings are planned at this time.
Board Diversification – A Two-Part Series on Building a Diverse Board
A Crossroads and Turning Points Webinar featuring Ali Levin of BoardBoost Consulting
Community Restorative Circle with the National Conflict Resolution Center
Taxilandia – A Virtual Salon Exploring Gentrification and the Power of Place
with the La Jolla Playhouse
The Catcher Stone
Our “CATCHER” stone serves as a reminder of one’s commitment to catching stones, especially during hard times, and to help one identify others who are also working in solidarity as Stone Catchers. Leaders are encouraged to put their stone where they and others can see it — this way, it might generate curiosity from others and provide stone catchers the opportunity to share the story of the stone and invite others to join our work for social justice.
“CATCHER” joins a collection of stones crafted by FLNSD to encourage nonprofit leaders as they work. Other stones include the words LEAD, COURAGE and GRATITUDE.
FLNSD often uses the symbol of the cairn to illustrate the work of leaders. Cairns are the rock formations found all over the world and used by travelers to mark a path, help one find their way and encourage one to keep going on their journey. With these stones, FLNSD provides gentle reminders of encouragement to Network Members while allowing them to build personal cairns to mark the way for those they lead.
Join Project Stone Catcher
Add your name to our Interest List for Project Stone Catcher to receive information and updates on upcoming programs in this series.
The Equity Journey 2.0
September 1, 2021 – December 16, 2021
Discussion Dates (on Zoom):
Group A: Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17 from 9:00-10:30am
Group B: Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17 from 1:00-2:30pm
Group C: Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 from 9:00-10:30am
Group D: Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 from 1:00-2:30pm
Cost for the 4-month program is $100