|From Tania: "My invitation for funders is to practice connection at multiple levels:
Connection to ourselves individually. In the spirit of self-care and co-care, listen to your needs about how you would like to engage in community. This may involve things such as more rest and having individual time for decompressing and rest, sharing meals, dancing together, etc. Connection to others is not necessarily about quantity but creating the right space for you to show up and be present.
Connection to the land and community. If you are able to, take advantage of the opportunities to learn about the place — including the learning visits, and conversations with grantee partners and funder partners about Wilmington and Eastern NC. Immerse yourselves in the historical context and its implications for our work now, ask questions, and be present.
Connection to peers. Build authentic relationships at the human level in addition to the work. For me, it helps to ask questions to understand what drives others, what renews their hopes in times like this, what practices ground them, and what they do for fun. For me, it's about the possibility of co-creating an authentic space where we can get our guard down and bring our full selves. When we connect at the human and value level — beyond our roles — visioning together and co-conspiring becomes easier."