Preamble to All Contracts

Coactive Change is a woman- and Black-owned consulting firm that partners with change agents seeking to dismantle systems of oppression and create a more just world. We believe in the power of collective knowledge and collaboration between people with diverse lived experiences and expertise to achieve our collective liberation. These values ground our decisions about who to partner with and the types of work we participate in.

We argue that approaches to reflection, learning, and evaluation that fail to involve those whose lives are impacted by evaluation practices and findings—and the systems of oppression we are trying to dismantle—are inherently inequitable. For this reason, we are committed to centering the lived experiences of change agents and the communities they work with throughout our work together. We acknowledge that we have a long way to go toward dismantling white supremacy, neoliberal racial capitalism, colonialism, and all intersecting systems of oppression, including oppressive structures within evaluation. And we take the political and ethical stance that reparations and land back—which is about land and so much more—are a pivotal step toward addressing U.S. and European colonialism, genocide, and slavery, which manifest today in new forms, including the prison industrial complex. With that said, if you choose to work with us, we commit to:

  • Engaging in these critical conversations with you, fostering space for reflection, reflexivity, and growth, and challenging you and ourselves to interrogate how our work can both reinforce and dismantle structural violence. 
  • Calling out the ways white supremacy is embodied through work together and challenge you and ourselves to act in ways that disrupt its hold on us.
  • Acknowledging the inevitable tensions and harm that will arise through our work together that are a function of this contractual agreement and the power differentials it confers, as well as interlocking systems of oppression that erase, silence, and subjugate Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies, labor, and knowledge. This includes the historic and ongoing systemic and institutionalized exploitation of Black labor and bodies that has created a surplus of wealth for white people in the United States.
  • Being our whole, radical, unapologetic selves because we believe there is no untangling of our personal, political, and professional experiences, all of which shape and sustain our work.

This preamble represents one of many ways that we aim to disrupt and dismantle the white supremacist, neoliberal, and capitalistic systems under which we operate and that this contract represents—and begins to embody, imagine, and practice different ways of being and being in relation with one another that are liberatory, just, loving, and generative.

*Please note that this preamble was inspired by the work of Ubuntu Research.

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