Open to training schools/organisations, social enterprises, CIC's, community groups and charities wishing to understand and incorporate the benefits of a decolonial approach in lieu of adopting tokenistic diversity measures.
Diversity training misses the mark. It can tweak or appease but it fails to interrupt the system.The personal is political; change requires an honest deep dive, When we can decolonise/de-ideologise our bodies and minds, it will manifest at the collective level.
I work with individuals or groups. My role is to support and challenge you, we engage creatively and in relationship, exploring key liberatory and decolonial themes (see below). This process is closed to outside parties and held by myself in complete confidentiality.
Transparency: Begin where you are. Name your concerns and dilemmas. This includes acknowledging what is not so obvious yet needs expression.
Resiliency: Commit to resiliency so that your nervous system has the capacity to mobilise change. This includes identifying levels of trauma or burn out and rethinking self care strategies.
Conscientization: Raise your socio-historical awareness to understand that everything has context. Before you act, you have to know. Become aware of history produced systems and structures of domination and consider your place within these systems of power.
Conscious positionality: Understand your social location & privilege as key to your intervention. This involves owning your authority and leadership with humility and without shame. Come to know how you wield or deny power and acknowledge the reality of your ancestral-social footprint. Consider how the capacity for harm arises when we unwittingly deny power or marginalise certain aspects of self and society.
De-ideologise & disrupt. Become clear about your organisational culture, values and principles and consider if they are truly representative of what you aim for. Challenge the system you are in; identify and question dominant ideologies. Dissolve harmful beliefs, practices and norms.
Transform: Change comes from recognising the uniqueness of your situation; how you can honour your process and find solutions from within and together. Create virtuous cycles in your use of time, space, relationship, embodiment, action, rest and reflection.
© Sophia Ansari