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MSC’s work is grounded in the transformative practice of 60/40 Stance, a mind-body approach for movements and leaders to transform and create powerful change. The practice of 60/40 Stance, developed by MSC mentor and Institute of Zen Studies teacher Norma Wong, is a path to explore individual and collective purpose and how unconscious habits limit our capacity as movement builders and as movements.

Grounded in this practice Movement Strategy Center explores big yet simple questions echoing across social justice movements: What is the change we most need and want in the world? Who do we need to be to make that change? And how do we get there, all of us, together?

What is Transformative Practice?

Practice is conscious and repetitive action that cultivates specific qualities and capacities.

Practice allows us to take small, immediate steps to nurture shifts that are larger than we might imagine in the present. A pianist runs through the scales daily, developing capacity that makes an entire sonata possible. A runner puts in daily miles, developing muscle strength, endurance, and memory that can be called on in a marathon.

Conscious practice can be applied in other areas of life, allowing us to cultivate new qualities and capacities — and interrupt ingrained habits — even when we are unsure or unclear about our future. For example, writing down one gratitude each day increases capacity to recognize and emphasize positive aspects of any situation, while meditating for 15 minutes a day increases overall awareness and mental agility.

What is Transformative Strategy?

Transformative practice helps us generate Transformative Strategy — strategy that generates leaps that seem unimaginable and are utterly necessary.

As nuclear physics teaches us, a critical mass of energy on the inside can produce external energy at an exponential magnitude. Or as we know from leader like Ella Baker, Grace Boggs, and Nelson Mandela, one person’s grounding in love and purpose can inspire and empower entire generations. What if our movements were filled with people deeply grounded in love and purpose? What level of magnitude becomes possible, what speed of chain reaction? What is the difference between strategies for change and strategies for transformation? How can we be clear on the difference and make a conscious choice about which one you need for what and when?

Transformative strategy is different from — but compatible with — change strategy:

  • Transformative Strategy puts the qualities of who we are as individuals and groups at the core.
  • Transformative Strategy moves with the depth of love and purpose of those who identify as ready for transformation, while staying welcoming and open to those who aren’t.
  • Transformative Strategy is open source and nonlinear.

What defines transformative strategy and makes it so powerful is that it moves from the inside out. That means from the inside of individual people outward and from inside of groups outward.

At MSC we are currently focused on cultivating specific qualities such as:

  • Deep grounding in shared purpose and commitment to the whole
  • Joyful intensity, outshining fear with love
  • Deep relationship with partners moving big leaps
  • Decisiveness, courage, boldness, and confidence in possibility

We seek to move from the inside out by cultivating who we need to be.

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MSC understands that another world is coming to life right now, in the practice of communities bonded in purpose and deep relationship. MSC is generating powerful movements from the inside out.

– Arif Mamdani, Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice, and Social Transformation
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