26 Practice: Deepening Community Agreements with BYP100 Healing & Safety Council (P Ife Williams & Chris Roberts)

In this practice, you’re joining (P) Ife Williams & Chris Roberts of BYP100 Healing and Safety Council in a guided collective exercise to explore creating group cultures of safety, affirmation, trust, accountability, and validation. Grab a pen and paper or open up a notes app to take some notes, so as you listen you can learn how to facilitate this yourself for your team in the future.

The prompts they teach us are:

  • Safety within [our group] looks like…

  • Validation within [our group] looks like…

  • Trust within [our group] looks like…

  • Accountability within [our group] looks like…

  • Affirmation within [our group] looks like...

Check out the next two episodes to continue our conversation and practice with BYP Healing and Safety Council, focusing in on interventional healing & accountability.

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About our guest

BYP100’s Healing and Safety Council is a body of members dedicated to cultivating and supporting self-determined forms of healing, cultural production, and harm reduction. HSC exercises the conceptual tenants of the Healing Justice Framework; HSC activates this work through [a] Creative Healing Praxis which is focused on prevention, intervention, and transformation. This looks like the creation and provision of an ongoing base of preventative care modules, community based intervention to interpersonal conflict or violence, and transformative ritual through culture creation and visioning. More about BYP100.

(P) Ife Williams is a Chicago native who finds herself in the intellectual praxis of liberation organizing, cultural production and scholar-activism. She is a Black mixed-race queer “art-ivist,” revolutionary mother, dreamer, student, educator, listener, and calm creator.

Chris Roberts is a Black scholar, teacher, student, partner, and space-maker. Both Ife and Chris have been core members of the Healing & Safety Council of BYP100 since 2015.

Conversation: Preventative Healing and Accountability

Check out the corresponding conversation where we’re talking with Ife & Chris about preventative healing practices, aka how we can set up organizational practices and culture to reduce harm. They talk about enthusiastic consent, their commitment as an abolitionist organization to address harm without using the punitive systems we seek to dismantle, approaching healing with playfulness, creating openings for conflict, and the power of boundaries in creating Black-only space.

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