Creating lasting solutions to systemic problems such as inequality, exclusion and discrimination is an inherently messy process that requires both empathy and imagination. It also takes a commitment of time and patience to test new approaches and learn from them.
Kalyani Menon-Sen & Ray Gordezky‘s approach establishes iterative and cyclical processes where learning drives action, and action drives learning. The starting point is to bring together a cross-section of “insiders” to build a holistic picture of their ecosystem from their own lived realities. Their framework brings a non-binary and intersectional feminist lens to making sense of this mosaic of perspectives and narratives. Building out from Wilber’s integral model, the framework is focused on surfacing the individual and collective expressions of the workings of power at different locations and levels within the system. The big picture that emerges from this process is not dictated by the framework, but by the identities, values, politics and priorities of those involved in the exercise.