This month has been one of many “firsts” for me as I settle into the position of Exploitation Prevention Coordinator. One of the most significant “firsts” has been the official start of the Uffizi-RISE Partnership to assemble a Community Collaborative.
Jeff’s experience in operationalizing Stanford’s collective impact model has been of utmost importance as we jump right into the thick of community organizing. We are meeting with partners daily and are always on the look-out for more potential partners as the first Community Collaborative meeting approaches on November 16th.
In the initial stages of the process I am struck both by how willing and eager partners are to join in and how much there is left to learn for Jeff, myself, and the future collaborative members. This leaves us to assume a posture of anticipatory confidence mixed with humility as we continue to learn from the many unexpected aspects of the formation of the Community Collaborative.
To lean in to this posture of learning, I have started a reading list of relevant books and articles that I will chip away at to inform the work. So far, I have gained insights into the day-to-day aspects of a survivor’s life through Carissa Phelps’ Runaway Girl, and have a better understanding of the macro-level through David Batstone’s signature book, Not for Sale. Next on my list is The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, to better understand the bio-psycho-social effects of childhood trauma. Any suggestions for what should be next? I would love for you to send them my way.
Thank you for your continued support!