Owning your orbit refers to the process of examining the spaces which define your day-to-day lives and actively working to ensure that these spaces are increasingly equitable and just.
For Individuals:
Ask yourself, who’s on my sofa? In my Fortnite game? Around my table? In my yoga class?
Many would-be white “allies” feel genuinely committed to the cause of racial equity and earnestly head to rallies and protests. Yet, they do not have even a handful of close friends of color with whom they spend their free time.

This reality often doesn’t stem from intentional racism but is the product of zoning and city planning that creates segregation between race and socioeconomic classes. Working to create a more diverse community often requires intentional action. Having a shared interest will make the process easy, fun, and not one bit awkward. Once you do go up and introduce yourself – network effects take hold, and friendships form. This challenge is the ultimate win/win, as those participating will experience the joy of making new friends with whom they can share mutual interests and help reduce racism’s scope and power in the process.

Questions to consider:
  • Where are the 5 spaces I spend the most time in? How would I rate the diversity of these spaces? If predominantly white, how can I actively work to make them more inclusive?
  • What are some of my favorite things to do in my free time. Said another way – what do I get most excited to talk about in a conversation?
  • How can I actively seek out events in these spaces that put me in position to meet people I otherwise wouldn’t meet?

 

Have questions or want advice on how you can better own your orbit? Please reach out! And be sure to check out our list of upcoming meetups and events.

Social Justice Action Plan

If you feel confident that your social life is diverse and inclusive, then you’re ready to take the next step on your social justice journey (maybe you already have?!). The umbrella of social justice covers every sphere of our lives and there is racial inequity in every sphere — so step back and identify an area within this tragically large space that personally resonates with you. Then search for opportunities to pursue that path in a way that suits your personality and your skillset. You may even be able to apply one of your personal passions to your action plan. The point is to find a way to do the work of social justice in a way that is personally motivating and fulfilling.

 

Questions to consider:

  • What issue within racial inequality is most energizing to me?
  • Where am I best positioned to apply impact? Whether through personal connections, proximity, or the people closest to me.
For Organizations:
All people deserve to feel safe in the spaces they inhabit most.

If you’re ready to take the step of owning your orbit of business, school, or place of worship – we are here to help you implement strategies to do just that. Because every situation is unique, we aim to take a personalized approach that puts meaningful relationships on the forefront. Please fill out a request form and we will reach out to set up a time to talk with you soon! Kudos for making the choice to intentionally build better spaces for us to all thrive in.