Shakita Brooks Jones
Strategy & Facilitation Consultant
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Radical Optimist Collective (ROC) was co-created in 2018 by a diverse team of facilitators and healing practitioners with a wide variety of expertise. Our collective began as an offering to guide and support individuals and groups in racial awareness and racial healing work as prompted by experiences at the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
While our origin story is grounded by our work in Montgomery, these same processes transcended into deeper consultative, training, coaching, and facilitation work with organizations and companies. Our practitioners have a collective 100+ years’ experience in racial equity and inclusion work with more than a dozen industries representing more than 50 organizations and companies. We have led organizations and initiatives, managed people and teams, and raised and granted millions of dollars in social change efforts.
ROC operates as a collective because we believe in drawing on the experiences and strengths from a broad array of people with different lived experiences. What makes us unique is that the members of our collective do a variety of different things and have a myriad of gifts. From social workers and therapists, university professors and philanthropic consultants, and energy workers and trauma-informed healers. When we come together for our work, it is as a collective that leverages our individual strengths and capacities and does not require our connection to operate in a typical, hierarchical way. This way of being is also how we operate differently from white dominant norms and culture.
Every aspect of Radical Optimist Collective is collaborative, from the work we do with individuals and groups or organizations, to the engagements we have with other thought leaders working toward similar goals.
The work of Radical Optimist would not be possible without the generous support of organizations, individuals, authors, leaders and all who share our desire for collective progress through inquiry and advocacy.
I am given a decision point each day, to be in it, or not to be. That is my white-bodied experience, to choose. I am real about that,
and encourage other white bodied people to also choose to be in it, to greet the day, with, "yes, I am in."Corey Dobyns
Creating space for racial healing is a salve for my soul. I yearn for others to join us in this life-long practice of unlearning and re-imaging a different way,
for that’s where true liberation resides. l am honored to be in community with the amazing women of ROC.Staci Lynch / Radical Optimist Collective
This work allows me to bring together my passion for history, healing trauma and community-building,
and offer it to communities to strengthen our connections and heal our communities.Vanessa Jackson / Radical Optimist Collective
Healing is possible when we recognize lived experiences cannot be disassociated from racial history and identity,
and that real solutions are co-created with people and not for them.Lisa Flick Wilson / Radical Optimist Collective
Healing the impact racism has had on Black people is essential to achieving social and financial integrity,
as well as emotional and psychological equity.Kenya Jackson-Saulters / Radical Optimist Collective
When doing this work, I draw from my ancestral strength to help increase understanding
about the relevance of the past and to build empathy between cultures.Shakita Brooks Jones / Radical Optimist Collective