Our Approach to Coalition Building
We believe that the most sustainable, compassionate, and just change comes from honest, inclusive, and humble engagement. We try to incorporate this approach in our everyday activities, events, and regular outreach.
Phoenix Zones Initiative Summit
At our recent Summit, we invited key stakeholders to address a critical question: “With the urgency and sustainability required, how can leaders across sectors work collectively to advance the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals?”
Leaders who joined us hailed from diverse professional and advocacy backgrounds. Their daily work focuses on addressing problems that range from xenophobia and racial injustice to child and animal abuse to the interplay between factory farming, climate change, global hunger, and mass extinction.
Dialogue centered on the importance of institutional changes fostered by the sharing of local, community-based strategies and transformational public action.
We identified opportunities that:
→ Scale, support, and enhance solutions that address structural violence against people and animals.
→ Expand the common ground of various movements working on behalf of people and animals.
→ Accelerate progress in securing rights for and meeting the needs of people and animals.
Areas of Action
At the Summit, stakeholders developed areas of action that:
→ Address the tension between vision and reality.
→ Advance systemic approaches and collective leadership.
→ Incorporate design thinking that is nimble and adaptive.
→ Leverage resources of all types and across sectors and disciplines.
→ Advance critical thought while promoting engagement and action.
→ Create results-oriented processes toward measurable impact.
The Summit built upon an agenda created through Open Space Technology, an inclusive, participant driven process to develop capacity for sustainable relationships, action, and impact.
Beyond the Summit
Participants at the 2019 Phoenix Zones Initiative Summit focused on identifying SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound) initiatives and corresponding action plans that have subsequently fueled collective action—including cross-sectoral, multi-organizational work.
We aim to grow our impact by continuing to partner with others who are similarly committed to tackling structural violence.
Read about how we are empowering citizens, organizations, and government here.