Vichi highlighted the importance of understanding overwhelming stressors in communities, particularly in rural communities of color. They emphasized how certain communities experience these stressors more frequently due to systemic factors. There are compounding nature of these stressors, where challenges continuously layer on without giving people a chance to recover. They stressed the significance of not facing these challenges alone and the power of sharing these stories with systems leaders like schools, police, and social services to raise awareness. By acknowledging the impact of external factors on individuals and communities, Vichi advocated for a more compassionate and trauma-informed approach, moving away from blame and punishment towards understanding and support.
Engaging Communities – Show Highlights
04:11.5 Tobi introduced Vichi Jagannathan
05:40.8 How did Vichi make the journey from electrical engineer to MBA to nonprofit leader
11:34.7 What does engaging communities in rural areas mean to Vichi
14:44.3 What is the birth story of ROI
19:51.3 What does it mean to do trauma informed work
26:43.0 Talk through the method of brining that voice
34:08.5 What did Vichi do next after plotting data and relaying to the community
38:50.8 Did Vichi had to make any shifts due to the energy deficit in society
47:04.9 How can organizations help connect volunteers connect with the solution or the advocacy
51:02.7 What pitfalls should organizations avoid when engaging communities for change
54:21.1 Small baby steps to share power more
58:09.1 What is Vichi most excited about in the year ahead
Engaging Communities – Quotes from the Episode
“We need to create more opportunities for individuals to discover their zone of genius and tap into their unique skills and talents.”
“Engaging the community in designing solutions is crucial for driving social change from the grassroots level.”
“Systems mapping and community mapping are effective methods for involving communities in social change efforts.”
“Creating separate spaces and requiring people to come to them is a common mistake. Barriers and hoops are often created instead of meeting people where they already are.
“Sharing stories and experiences with systems leaders can help bring awareness to the challenges faced by communities.”
“We need to shift from punishment to restorative responses when addressing trauma symptoms in our systems.”
“Traditional volunteer engagement and direct service nonprofits could improve by incorporating more traditional volunteerism to better engage volunteers and be more organized.