Gratitude is felt by both parties; the one giving and the one receiving. But in schools, gratitude is a ripple effect, cultivating a more compassionate, more community-driven environment for students and faculty alike. How can we show more gratitude, and how can it help our schools flourish? Saying “Thank You,” and Meaning It Growing up,[…]
It’s a known fact that the average person spends ⅓ of their lives in the workplace. Still, that statement doesn’t account for commute time, mandatory overtime, later hours at the office, or the never-ending phone calls or emails that many supervisors expect answered even outside of work hours. Today’s society is driven by instant gratification,[…]
What is “Brave Space”? At CommunityBuild Ventures, we define it as a structured space to allow participants to be their most authentic selves and lean in more deeply in conversations centered on racial equity. Why do we engage in Brave Space Building? When a team of professionals seeks to understand, embrace, and embody racial equity[…]
CommuntiyBuild Ventures proclaims 2021 as #BlackBold. We pursue the creativity, boldness, and resilience of our ancestors to advance toward liberation. The resilience of our ancestors is rooted in centering self-care and healing. As we are all reeling from a year of tremendous human loss and acknowledgment and amplification of white supremacy, #BlackBold must include acknowledging[…]
Grieve, Even if it Looks Weird By Imani Bryant In August of 2018, my paternal grandmother, Mary Alice, passed away. She was my only living grandmother and lived with my parents, sister, and me for years. She used to have “special nights” with my sister and I, where we would watch old Western movies and[…]
By Natasha Harrison advocacy, Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, Justice, Racial Equity, Strategy Dec 24, 2020
Racial equity must involve the most impacted in the creation and implementation of policies and practices. #CBV was encouraged by the inspiring models of grantmaking led by community members. They are challenging the narrative about who is really positioned to transform communities. We highlight the amazing work from: THRIVE Thomasville Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund[…]
In this video, Ayodele Harrison, Senior Partner of CBV and Director of BMEsTalk, shares his gratitude for his team of BMEsTalk CHAT moderators. Andre Daughty and Darryl Diggs, 2 of the 5 moderators, then describe how their experience as chat moderators have positively impacted them personally and professionally. What are you grateful for in 2020?
By Natasha Harrison Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, gratitude, self care Dec 21, 2020
CBV has declared December 2020 as the Month of Gratitude! During a recent project meeting, cooperative members expressed what they are grateful for in 2020. What are you grateful for in 2020?
Since the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of Virginia, we have been shedding our blood in the pursuit of freedom. For 400 years, our ancestors and elders fought for our humanity, rights, and dignity. They fought for our freedom. Now it’s our turn. We have inherited this legacy of struggle, and it is[…]
Stolen. Commandeered. Co-Opted. A Call for Black Spirit Warriors to Reclaim and #ReleaseTheMedicine of Liberatory Ancestral Healing
By Neith Sankofa , Project Trainer and Coach Culture Transformation, Emotional self care, Racial Equity Jun 22, 2020
An INVOCATION. In the tradition of the Liberatory Elite of our ancestors, the world is waiting for US to announce who we are, what we deserve, and how deliciously we want to receive and BE received. We make our own space by way of our presence. We answer with an embodied sacred yes to that[…]