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Centering Relationships for Systems Change: Moving Out of Fear Toward Connection and Principled Action

Have you struggled to listen to (let alone understand) someone who disagrees with you, how you think, or how you live your life? Do you find yourself unfriending people in your social networks or cutting off relationships because of opposing beliefs? You are not alone. During this workshop, you will learn how fear and power imbalances impact our capacity to communicate and connect with people different from us, and what it means to remain “value-based” in your actions, even in the face of conflict, disagreement, and dominance. You will learn tools and frameworks for value-based movement building and transformational systems change.

Desired Outcomes

  • Explored how fear impacts our ability to understand and collaborate with others
  • Learned a framework to increase skillful communication, even with people we disagree with
  • Recognized how assessing context increases our capacity to have a flexible response in each present moment
  • Experienced the power of healing in community using LJIST’s core listening practice
  • Deepened our understanding of LJIST’s core theory of social transformation and its application to ending racism

Agenda Overview


  • Stop letting fear turn our actions into oppressive behaviors (that we never intended!)
  • Stay “in it” with our most challenging relationships, no matter the difference or disagreement
  • Shift our frame of reference, the only thing we can control, to get the outcomes we're hoping for while staying grounded in our values
  • Build our social justice journey on authentic, just relationships instead of relationships that come with “short-term” wins and long-lasting losses

Who Is This For?

  • Anyone struggling to stay connected with loved ones who don’t share the same views on racial justice or politics
  • Anyone ready to “cancel,” “block,” or “ghost” people who openly exhibit oppressive behaviors and attitudes
  • Anyone doing equity and social justice work from a place of righteousness, feeling disappointed, frustrated, and/or impatient with others
  • Anyone acting from a desire to change others
  • Anyone confused about why their justice efforts haven’t been effective—even though they are working hard and are exhausted
  • Anyone looking to be renewed on their social justice journey and ready to consider a new approach

"We think it is the person that is the problem, but it is fear.”

– Nanci E. Luna Jiménez


  • Each virtual workshop includes 9 hours of live facilitated content, 3+ hours of asynchronistic learning materials (videos, handouts, and reflection activities), and access to LJIST team via Slack for 2 weeks prior to and 1 week after the workshop. 
  • Up to 32 participants.  
  • This workshop is only available virtually.
  • Workshops are delivered Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Each Day.*  

*Contact us to book outside of these hours. An “After Hours” fee may apply for workshops scheduled outside of Monday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm Pacific. 


  • Attend the workshop in its entirety: all three hours on all three days of the workshop.
  • Complete approximately 2-3 hours of pre-work: watching short videos, reviewing handouts, completing reflections, printing or downloading workshop worksheets. This pre-work will be shared no later than 10 days before the workshop begins.
  • Complete approximately 30 minutes of homework on the first and second days of the workshop.
  • Join the Zoom meeting with video and audio capabilities and do not share the Zoom link with others.
  • Agree to our LJIST Limited Media and Liability Waiver in the checkout form.

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