Montgomery County residents experience a wide variety of racial and economic injustices: inequitable access to education, poor access to healthcare, unsafe neighborhoods and living conditions, among others. While many organizations bring a variety of solutions to address these issues, in recent years we’ve continued to see these problems grow.
Before tackling these issues, we need to start from the beginning. We need to transform the culture we live in, and build new systems grounded in values of love, human connection, inter-dependence, and cooperation, rather than individualism, self-interest, competition, and fear.
Our educational tools and programs build awareness to push back against the forces of historical and structural racism.
Our empowerment programs spark people's innate power to become leaders, and to take actions towards creating more equitable neighborhoods and communities.
To overcome the mistrust and fear that lead to fractured and divided communities, we create human-centered spaces to help diverse people connect and build relationships of trust and respect across lines of difference.
Our neighborhood program in marginalized communities help build stronger economic growth and stability, including providing incubator support for new and emerging worker cooperatives in communities of color. Worker-ownership in particular is a proven way to close the wealth divide, build assets for worker-owners, and help create a more thriving local economy.
IMPACT is striving to build a more productive workplace model that is non-hierarchical, self-managing, and focused on wholeness and purpose.
A network is simply a set of purposeful relationships and are effective because they: 1) improve the quantity and quality of relationships; 2) mobilize more leadership and sharing of power; and 3) generate more actions that lead to breakthroughs.
Level 1: Individual and Interpersonal Transformation (Changing Hearts and Minds)
Level 2: Neighborhood Transformation (Changing Relationship Dynamics and Practices)
Level 3: Systems Transformation (Changing Power Dynamics and Paradigms)