AORTA’s Theory of Change is a working document that defines our shared vision for working towards equity and justice for all. It outlines the eight integral components that help us to ground in a our work and move in a strategic direction toward lasting change.
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Our movements to win social and environmental justice and a solidarity economy will become more effective by ending internalized hierarchies and oppressive dynamics, and working towards equity and justice for all.
AORTA envisions a world where people are able to live meaningful lives full of sovereignty, honest work, and joy, free from dispossession, exploitation and violence and rooted in right livelihood and relationship to place. We desire for resources to be distributed equitably and power shared, and for solidarity to be cultivated amongst people bridging our common humanity and recognizing our fundamental interdependence.
Decades of neoliberal policy have erased histories of enslavement and genocide, and the movements that fought and resisted along the way. Today’s social movements are often disconnected from local, regional, national, and global movement history, which can lead to a sense of isolation and alienation. Additionally, mainstream culture does not encourage skill-building around cooperation and collaboration, the types of activities that can bridge us into life after capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism.
We will help grow and sustain successful, leaderful movements composed of skilled, principled, and courageous organizations that are able to do their best.
We bring an intersectional analysis of systemic oppression and movement building into the world of consulting, facilitating, educating and training. We teach the critical skills people need to learn in order to change their behavior, interactions, conflicts, internal dynamics, and organizational culture.
Consulting, planning, organizational development, coaching, conflict transformation, and curriculum and resource design. Moving leaders and orgs along the spectrum of allies. Flexible delivery of content and code-switching. Building networks and connections. Being present as leaders. Making movements irresistible. Practicing popular and participatory education.