Fellows talk with each other at the Jackson, Mississippi WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows gathering.
WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows visited Chicano Park in San Diego, California to learn about the community’s story of struggle and self-determination. Home to the largest concentration of Chicano murals in the world, the park is a testament to the power of communities when they come together in solidarity to lead change. Listen to fellows’ reflections about the values,
“Chicano Park is a testament to what communities can do when they stick together and make it happen,” says Tommie Camarillo, co-founder and chair of the Chicano Park Steering Committee.
Time spent exercising is correlated with higher ratings of leadership effectiveness. Here, fellows take a break from the San Diego gathering to get moving on the basketball court.
Fellows participate in a unity clap while learning from Chicano Park advocates and movement builders in San Diego.
While it’s natural to develop a laser-focused approach to our individual passions and movement-building work, acknowledging our interconnectedness is invaluable. That’s why the WKKF Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership fellowship program recruits leaders who serve in a wide variety of roles, from tribal leader to health practitioner to conservationist. The fellows’ diverse bodies of work are all essential parts of a larger ecosystem working to foster a more equitable society.
The collective power of people gathering, united around a vision for change, is immeasurable. The impact is tangibly imprinted into the fabric of our society, from the civil rights and suffrage movements to Pride, Black Lives Matter and March For Our Lives.
This transformative power has inspired and guided me in my work to analyze what makes certain movements so effective. I realized early on in this research that no matter how good your idea is, unless it’s connected to community organizing
Based on years of research and practice, the Center for Creative Leadership has developed a definition of leadership. “ Leadership is a social process that enables individuals to work together as a cohesive group to produce collective results .”
Let’s break this down. It’s a process , meaning it’s about the work of the people, not about an individual leader and the traditional image we might have of a single person standing in front directing a group. It’s social , meaning it involves people and is highly relational. It’s working together as a cohesive group – not a fracture or a splinter that excludes any one from being