Principles

nora's guiding Principles

 
 

I fell in love with principles as a way to guide my life when I first encountered them in 2012.

How I discovered principles in my personal life

In “Principles-Focused Evaluation: The Guide”, I share what it was like to make sense of life after my four-year-old son died. Reflecting on my parenting, it was clear that rules didn’t matter—not the number of vegetables he ate, screen minutes he viewed, or vocabulary words he heard. So what did matter? I loved him fiercely. I have no doubt he knew that. I valued his imagination, his laugh, his questions, the spark in his eye. I valued him and what he brought to our family and the world. When I could, I kept him safe. But I couldn’t keep him and when I couldn’t, I walked with him when he was scared. My son knew he was loved, he was valued, and that I would walk with him when he was scared. That’s what truly mattered. These have become my personal guiding principles.

How I discovered principles in my professional life

As I made my way from grieving back to life, I wondered: What is my purpose? Is it possible to find and fulfill my purpose through evaluation? If so, how? Can I reimagine myself as an evaluator that works in alignment with who I am becoming, not who I was? Waking Lumina, my guiding principles for professional engagement emerged. 

 

My professional guiding principles

  1. Engage heart, mind, and spirit in all aspects of living my life: my relationship with myself, my relationship with others, my work, and the decisions I make.

  2. Make choices that let my light shine more brightly, and engage with others in a way that supports their ability to shine more brightly.

  3. Build and deepen connections between and amongst people, spirit, nature, passion and purpose.

  4. Increase social justice and equity, recognizing my privilege and the opportunities it affords me to create change.

  5. Inspire and be inspired.

Since 2012, I have conducted numerous principles-focused developmental evaluations for social-justice oriented systems change. I engage my principles to guide how I approach the work, and I help people in complex systems discover and define their own guiding principles. People I’m working are ecstatic, relieved, curious, or all of the above when I describe a principles-focused approach. They find that principles allow us to work together while seeing the world as it actually is, see people as they are, bring people together around hard issues without asking for complete agreement of uniformity, and provide a framework for coherent systems change with room for adaptation. It’s the most human way of practicing evaluation I’ve ever experienced.

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 WORDS & ART BY::  @huitzitzilin.rosa  for Vol. 4  ----  @curyj510 reposted from @life_as_ceremony on Instagram  ---- ∆ HEALING AS A RADICAL ACT OF RESISTANCE ∆ "Healing is the process of restoring wellness back to our body, mind and spirit by using conventional or unconventional approaches. Radical healing is the act of restoring this wellness by addressing the history of oppression and the current disparities of race gender and class while implementing healing techniques passed on by our ancestors in a proper and respectful manner. Healing is a multi-faceted process, at times joyful at times complex and painful. Yet, it is necessary to break the cycles of personal and collective trauma that people of color have been caring for generations.  In order to heal our communities of color we must start a process of decolonization by discovering, recovering and embracing our ancestral history and culture. Allow ourselves and our offspring to learn about those who came before us, acknowledge their lineage, their geographies, their traditions, ceremonies and their ways of living. This will end when the harmful cycle of internalized colonialism that disempowers us is properly confronted and dismantled. We must allow ourselves to mourn our history of resistance, mourn our ancestors pain, tears and blood spilled throughout this continent since 1492. Through remembrance and by honoring their ways, that includes a profound respect for Pachamama, we will let them know they haven't been forgotten and their struggle is recognized. Our presence in this world is their wildest dream, they live through us and we live because of them - "We are because they are."

WORDS & ART BY:: @huitzitzilin.rosa for Vol. 4

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@curyj510 reposted from @life_as_ceremony on Instagram

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∆ HEALING AS A RADICAL ACT OF RESISTANCE ∆
"Healing is the process of restoring wellness back to our body, mind and spirit by using conventional or unconventional approaches. Radical healing is the act of restoring this wellness by addressing the history of oppression and the current disparities of race gender and class while implementing healing techniques passed on by our ancestors in a proper and respectful manner. Healing is a multi-faceted process, at times joyful at times complex and painful. Yet, it is necessary to break the cycles of personal and collective trauma that people of color have been caring for generations.

In order to heal our communities of color we must start a process of decolonization by discovering, recovering and embracing our ancestral history and culture. Allow ourselves and our offspring to learn about those who came before us, acknowledge their lineage, their geographies, their traditions, ceremonies and their ways of living. This will end when the harmful cycle of internalized colonialism that disempowers us is properly confronted and dismantled. We must allow ourselves to mourn our history of resistance, mourn our ancestors pain, tears and blood spilled throughout this continent since 1492. Through remembrance and by honoring their ways, that includes a profound respect for Pachamama, we will let them know they haven't been forgotten and their struggle is recognized. Our presence in this world is their wildest dream, they live through us and we live because of them - "We are because they are."