Black History Month, 2023 Intentions, Interview with Reflecting Justice and more!
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Honoring the contributions and legacies of the African diaspora as we carry the wisdom of the past into the present for a more equitable future.

We at #rootid recognize that black history is our collective history and can not be relegated to a month.
in this edition
  • Setting Intention for 2023: Communications Capacity & Community
  • Reflecting Justice Interview:
    Approaching Harm With Healing For Ourselves and Others

  • Blog: What Does Capacity Building Really Mean?
  • Upcoming Roundtable: Understanding Audiences in a Community Centered Way

2023 is our 3C year
...with a focus on continuing to build communication, capacity and community!

So what does this really mean?
As an organization that proudly leads with its values, this theme is not really new. The 3 C's are really about us doubling down to ensure that we are walking our talk and placing our values into practice.

We have worked extensively in the nonprofit sector where resources, information, and opportunities range from scarce to plenteous. As our way of meeting this need we are committing to intentionally being a force for good. With every roundtable, blog post, guest interview and event—our goal is to continue to strengthen:

  • the messages we send and receive; 
  • the skills, instincts, processes, and resources that individuals and organizations need to survive
  • the interconnected groups that shares alignment in values and purpose

We invite you to stay tuned—stay rooted in this work with us—but most importantly stay committed.
February 14th
Valentines Day
February 28th
National Pancake Day
Reflecting Justice Interview
Approaching Harm With Healing for Ourselves & Others
Blog Post
By: Val Neumark, Director of Strategy

What Does Capacity Building Really Mean?
Thoughtful communication is the most effective path to connect and engage communities. It was bell hooks who said,
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“Building community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must do continually to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.”

It's this ‘continuous work’ that we believe speaks directly to the need for capacity building... read more
upcoming events
Understanding Audiences in a Community Centered Way
March 8, 2023 from 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Cost: Free
(If you have the means to contribute, please consider supporting this work. Your donations keep our programs accessible to everyone.)
call for ideas
If there is content, a story, or something else you would love for us to publish in our newsletter, please let us know!

We are open to changing our content and strive to  elevate other voices and interests. Keeping a JEDDI (Justice, Equity, Decolonized, Diversity, and Indigenous) lens is crucial and we need your help to hold us accountable to that as well.


Professional development & capacity building support for individuals, organizations, coalitions, & foundation cohorts
we want to hear from you!
How can rootid help you follow through on your commitments to equity?
What communications topics are you interested in learning more about?

Send us an email...hello(AT)
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we are rooted in community.
In partnership, we co-design necessary spaces for strategic thinking, sustainability & growth—using communications & technology as vehicles to advance equity.

We join with others, envisioning a world where those most impacted are prioritized & communications & technology are used to heal & empower rather than divide. Learn more about our team.
Interested in supporting our community engagement work? rootid now has a fiscally sponsored project with the Rose Foundation.

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