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The Right Relationships panelists and moderator represent several synergistic organizations and networks. You may be familiar with all, some, or none of us. In the form below, you’ll have a chance to indicate whether you’re interested in engaging with one particular organization, a few, or all. If you’re not sure, select “not sure” and please add any helpful details in the field that appears when you check that box.

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Introduction

Each of three sets of organizations curated a very specific proposal for SOCAP23 to discuss the ways our work can accelerate when right relationships are in place. SOCAP asked us to combine them into one. In this panel, we will share what it looks like when we are no longer just validating but actually activating our “theories of change” through trust and honoring our relationships to the land and world around us. We will share the power of what it means to be in right relationship, how each of our organizations is employing it in real time, and how investors and funders can join us.

Urgency

The time to act BOLDLY with URGENCY is NOW. While solutions to climate catastrophe, mass extinction, the ravages of colonialism and more need science, math and technology, what’s most needed are rapid shifts of behaviors and systems AT SCALE. This is possible when we honor right relationships.


Why RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS?

Right relationships promote truly holistic solutions to the Earth’s most pressing environmental and social issues through Native, Black, and other People of Color-centric approaches. Why? Because:

Many/most Indigenous cultures have, since time immemorial, lived with the Earth as a living system, as stewards supporting sustainability and regeneration.

Regenerative proponents in African American and other People of Color cultures have stalwartly supported decolonizing the land and restoring harmony with the Earth.

To promote equity, justice, innovation, and best results, Black, Indigenous and other People of Color ("BIPOCs"), and others disproportionately impacted by extractive and exploitative forces, must be central to collaborative solutioning.

Even in the wake and midst of settler colonialism, enslavement, and other atrocities, our peoples have supported sustainability and regeneration, equity and justice, and more – often with very few resources. Investing in our work amplifies impacts for all.

Indigeneity and regeneration are worldviews that understand that humans are not above nature. Our proper role is not to dominate and subdue ecosystems, but to facilitate proper balance for all life.

Objectives of the october 24, 2023 panel

  • Clarity on how and why centering “Right Relationships” can support the shifts in behaviors and systems needed for a sustainable & regenerative, equitable & just, thriving planet for all.

  • Jaime Gloshay (Navajo/White Mountain Apache/Kiowa) will explore pathways to systems change by investing in Native women. She will review baseline data on the positioning of Native women within local, state, national, and other economies. Native Women Lead, in partnership with New Mexico Community Capital, was recently named an award recipient of $10 million in the national #EqualityCantWait Challenge. Jaime will share how and why it's important to reimagine and design capital tools and frameworks that serve the needs of those most economically excluded. Sampling work she's done with Justice Funder Just Transition Integrate Capital Fund Investment Policy Statement and Native Women Lead's 5 R's of Rematriation.

  • Kali Akuno, of African and Indigenous descent, the Executive Director of Cooperation Jackson. He will discuss the People’s Network for Land and Liberation (PNLL), and focus on investment opportunities for in the various nodes within the network in Jackson, MS; Atlanta, GA; Marshfield, VT; and Idlewild, MI.  All are land-based solidarity economy projects that incorporate a shared program that focuses on: decommodifying land and housing, recentering and constructing new commons, bioregional food sovereignty using agroecology principles, developing worker and community owned cooperative enterprises,  and community-owned and directed manufacturing based in the tools and methods of digital fabrication.

  • Lawrence Ellis (Mixed African Descent - Not Initiated, African American, Cherokee and Munsee Descent - Not Enrolled) will explore a use-case on Indigenization: engaging potentially hundreds of Indigenous consultants, speakers, trainers and more to proliferate Rights of Nature, Land Rematriation, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and many other Indigenous-led initiatives and practices throughout Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a network of 1700 sustainability directors in urban municipalities serving 100+ million residents in Canada and the US.

  • Vanessa Roanhorse, a Diné citizen, will review how the Rematriating Economies Apprenticeship (REA), a 5-month paid apprenticeship, will train 10 Indigenous women to pursue careers in investing to increase capital flow to Indigenous founders. REA was created because we believe that by recentering Indigenous women as caretakers and leaders of economic systems, they will ensure we are building systems that support their families, communities, nations, and the living world around them.

  • Explorations of the right investments for the above initiatives.

Panelists & Moderator

Jaime Gloshay

(Navajo/White Mountain Apache/Kiowa)
Jaime Gloshay is a dynamic leader, serving as Co-Director and Co-Founder of Native Women Lead, where she spearheads initiatives in access to capital, partnerships, and fundraising while overseeing program design and data evaluation. She previously managed a $1M+ portfolio at Accion's Native Lending program and contributed to Nusenda's Co-Op Capital initiative. Jaime actively engages in various roles, including advising Angels of Impact and serving as an Emerging Fund Manager for the Purpose Futures Fellowship. Her impactful contributions have earned her recognition, including the 2020 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 40 Under 40 award, highlighting her finance and social justice leadership. Jaime Gloshay continues to drive positive change in her field.

Kali Akuno

(African and Indigenous Descent)
Kali is cofounder of Cooperation Jackson and the People’s Network for Land & Liberation. He previously served as the director of special projects and external funding in the administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson, MS. His role included supporting cooperative development, eco-friendly operations, and human rights promotion. He also co-directed the U.S. Human Rights Network and led the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund post-Hurricane Katrina. Kali was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development in Oakland, serving low-income African American and Latino communities. He currently splits his time between Jackson, MS, and Marshfield, VT.

Lawrence Ellis

(Mixed African Descent - Not Initiated, African American, Cherokee and Munsee Descent - Not Enrolled)

Panel Moderator: Lawrence is Founder of One Thriving Planet and Lead Sustainability Advisor for a)plan coaching. His background is in Complex Systems (environmental, human, and tech systems - with a strong focus on Biomimetics). He has served in several executive and senior leadership roles across sectors. He was a director with one of the oldest change-leadership consulting firms in the US, Interaction Associates; served as Co-Lead of Thought Leadership for Health Equity across 750,000 people at Accenture, the world’s largest digital and tech consulting company; and is a producer of films and global tele-summits on sustainability and regeneration. Lawrence received his MA in individual and large-scale transformation from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Vanessa Roanhorse

(Diné)
Vanessa, a Diné citizen from her reservation, is a versatile individual—a twin sister, mother, daughter, and partner. In 2016, she co-founded Roanhorse Consulting, LLC, focusing on Indigenous-led solutions for wealth and power building. Vanessa's background includes seven years at the Delta Institute, driving sustainable solutions in the Great Lakes region. She's been honored with awards like the 2022 Miss Porter's School Donaldson Award and the 2021 Paypal Maggie Lena Walker's Emerging Leader Award. Vanessa is dedicated to initiatives like Native Women Lead, fostering Native women's leadership, and resides in Tiwa Territory (Albuquerque, NM) with her partner and 9-year-old son.