Our Mission

We equip inclusive leaders with the skills to transform divides in their communities.

Our Vision

A more just and inclusive world, where all people are fueled by the desire and the skills to come to deeply understand different perspectives, rather than to simply perpetuate their own.

Our Values

Empathy

We choose to practice empathy – which does not mean that we always agree with each other, or that we give up our own feelings and views. It means we recognize each other’s inherent dignity and deeply listen to understand.

Transformation

We believe transformation is possible – for individuals, for relationships, and for systems. It requires that we dig into conflict, choose vulnerability, and let go of the illusion of quick fixes.

Empowerment

We commit to creating brave spaces where the identities, expertise, and voice of each person are valued and challenged to grow. We believe in offering skills that allow leadership to blossom.

Justice

We trust that a just future is possible, and we commit to doing our part to build that future. We work to surface conflict, tension, and injustice. By doing so, we can navigate through it together, heal what is broken, and create change that dismantles oppression.

Our Commitment to Equity

As an organization, Building Bridges has always been open and upfront around the lens of our work – we are anti-oppressive and intersectional, with a 25-year legacy of challenging ourselves and our participants to deeper authenticity, relationship, and awareness.

Since 2017, we have intentionally been shifting to center racial equity across all that we do, knowing that this shift allows us to more fully pursue our vision of seeding a just and inclusive world.

We lead and teach with empathy, but we don’t hand-hold. We are here for the discomfort of this work.  We are here for difficulty and conflict, for pain and grief. And we keep showing up because we are also here for the joy of true connection and for the hope of building a better way forward.

We commit to showing up – every single day – for the personal, interpersonal, and community work required to increase racial equity. We commit to centering the leadership, voices, and needs of Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of color.  Further, we commit to moving our own financial resources to the cause of racial equity through the Liberated Leaders Fund.

At this time, we understand our commitment to racial equity to be comprised of three parts – Reparations, Representation, and Transformation.  This framework is informed by the work of Leah Penniman and Soul Fire Farm.