Perhaps the greatest struggle I have in explaining SEED is accounting for why SEED works. Our current SEED staff are not nationally known personalities with the most news headlines, academic publications, or social media followers. Often times when we present one-off sessions at conferences or share what writing we do have, people respond with “That’s nice.” This is a striking contrast to what participants share with us during our seven-day New Leaders Week.
On September 29, the Bay Area SEED Network is hosting "Moving Justice Forward," its 4th annual SEED Showcase, an interactive day of learning, self-reflection, and group exercises stimulated by the keynote speakers: Shakti Butler, Ph.D., filmmaker and founder and president of World Trust, and Hugh Vasquez, senior associate with the National Equity Project. Whether you're new to SEED or a long-time participant or leader, we hope you will join us.
Today, we welcome more than 60 participants to the third session of the 32nd year of SEED New Leaders Week. They will spend their time immersed in a variety of SEED materials and methods in preparation for leading their own SEED seminars -- a group of individuals who meet regularly to learn about themselves, interact with each other across identities, and develop strategies for greater equity and diversity in their local settings.