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L4L Recommends: Quarter One 2023

A list of recommendations that were sent to our newsletter in Quarter 1 of 2023.

Homeplace by bell hooks

Photo by Liza Matthews

An essay by bell hooks about the importance of what she called "homeplace" for Black people. Hooks defines a homeplace as a space where Black people are able to “recover our wholeness” and “where we can be affirmed in our minds and hearts … where we could restore ourselves the dignity denied us on the outside in the public world” (hooks, 1990).





Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist "spirituality" based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.






Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices NEW Series Trailer | Netflix Jr

This 12-episode series features prominent Black voices - authors, athletes, actors, musicians, and comedians - reading children's books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. The series is hosted and executive produced by 15-year-old activist, author and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign Marley Dias.






13 Trust-Building Activities For Teams Worth Trying Today

Trust among coworkers can make all the difference between a cohesive, collaborative environment and one that's negative and toxic. One way to build trust? With regular trust-building activities meant for teams. This article dives deeper and offers 13-trust-building activities for you to try with your team today.






What Is Psychological Safety?

Thomas Macpherson/Getty Images via HBR

What exactly is psychological safety? It’s a term that’s used a lot but is often misunderstood. In this piece, the author answers the following questions with input from Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson, who coined the phrase “team psychological safety”: 1) What is psychological safety? 2) Why is psychological safety important? 3) How has the idea evolved? 4) How do you know if your team has it? 5) How do you create psychological safety? 6) What are common misconceptions?






3 Ways To Boost Your Organization’s Culture Of Belonging


Jacob Lund via Forbes

A workplace culture of psychological safety is one of the most valuable gifts an organization can offer its employees.






be careful, i am fertile

Photos: Anjali Pinto via Zora.com

A poem by adrienne maree brown.


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