Tools for Productive Partnerships Among Creatives, Changemakers, and Funders
Prenups for Partners is aimed at creatives, issue experts, funders, researchers, artists, and others who want to work together to make a difference in their communities and beyond. And, as anyone who’s been involved with social changemaking knows, that takes time and healthy relationships. Too often, we make assumptions about others’ beliefs and value systems…which can lead to misunderstandings down the road. Plus, when you talk about mission, you’re likely to learn fascinating things about each other that you can draw on along the way.
That’s why we encourage you to think and communicate honestly with your allies about who you are, what you care about, and what has influenced your work so far.
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In a perfect world, everyone would feel comfortable initiating a friendly, down-to-earth, get-to-know-you conversation with potential colleagues. If you’re ready for that, go for it. If you feel that power dynamics, cultural norms, or other circumstances require a more structured approach, read through this section and decide which themes will make the most sense as you become acquainted with your potential partner. Feel free to reframe, omit, and add to these questions; you can use the headers as guides, or customize the sub-questions. Once you have a good outline for your mission conversation, enter into these questions through active listening and an open heart.
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