Our Theory of Change

Healthy relationships are the foundation of a healthy home.  At Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project our work is rooted in the belief that by bringing ourselves into right relationship with seeds, soil, each other and the ecosystems that hold us, we can create a better way forward.

It has become clear we face two distinct possible futures:  Economic Transition or Ecological Collapse.  If we stay the current course of a globalized industrial model, collapse is inevitable.  We must, instead, create an intentional pathway – a Just Transition – towards local, living, loving economies.  Movement Generation is working hard to build, secure and defend this Just Transition. Politically, the questions of climate change, water security, land security, and food security are inextricably linked to race, poverty and development.

To usher in a just and equitable transition towards local living economies, leadership must come from communities on the frontlines of ecological disruption. These frontline communities know that solving one problem while creating another is no solution at all. The new economies that our communities construct must take a holistic approach and foster equity, democracy, and ecological renewal.

We believe that a main part of being prepared for this transition is a commitment to getting ourselves organized – more deeply and more authentically. Our work is most effective and powerful when grounded in deep relationships, relationships where we work, grow, and transform together. We feel the importance of consistently and collectively advancing our understanding of the moment and what it calls for, sharpening our analysis of the crisis we face and building community together in the process.

This deep, continual work within and across these relationships comes together to make our political home. In these relationships, we develop and apply our ecological justice politic and build trust within a group who can potentially take action together around shared analysis. We support each other and each other’s work, in part by offering a creative political space that stimulates our imaginations of what is possible. The spaces and relationships where we do this work expand our strategies, visions, and practices.

MG works to build political home across many different spaces. In the past, we have built political home with our retreat alumni and other friends in the Bay Area, and now, this type of in-depth work occurs within some of our programs. The Black Land and Liberation Initiative, a partnership housed in our Rights to Resources work, is based around building up teams to take collective action around liberating land. Climate Workers is another formation creating space for workers and labor organizers to deepen their relationships, building trust and alignment towards more powerful movement building. This work also happens in transformative convening and training spaces, and in our local and national coalition-building.

This approach to relationship building within our organizing communities is part of a broader model called Resilience-Based Organizing, which helps us fully manifest this theory of change.