CatalystsX has been doing all sorts of work, but we aren’t always good at sharing what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and who we’re doing it with.
There are a few reasons which come to mind, at least for myself:
Fear / perfectionism - there are always 1000 ways anything we do could be better, and I worry it won’t be effective or may cause unintentional harm in some unforeseen way
Holding power, taking up space, equity - even as a tiny nonprofit, CatalystsX holds institutional power as a government-recognized entity. On a personal level, as a middle class person with light skin in a position of power even at a tiny organization, what space am I taking up that might detract from other voices which should be sought out?
Who cares? - while we’ve been urged by many people for us to share more about what we’re doing, I still find it hard to believe anyone would actually read any of this :)
Some thoughts in response to each of these:
Make sure someone else trusted and well versed in pro-liberation and current topics reviews any posts / content. Also, get over perfectionism. Of course everything could be done better. Experiment with mediums other than just typing.
Use our resources and humble platform to share the work and opinions of other people we work with in different ways, creating opportunities for others to share their work / create content / write blogs which are relevant to people we work with
There is something to be said for organizational memory, accountability, building trust and background so people can get a sense for people and an organization, and being transparent about some of our work and processes. If that is kept as the intent, and not an objective that a bunch of people read and share our work, we don’t have to worry too much about lots of people reading everything we share
So, here we go! Stay tuned for hopefully a couple things a month from Cx and the people we are proud to be involved with in different ways.