What is Somatics: SSJ Model of Transformation

In 2009 generative somatics invited social justice movement leaders and organizers to join the Somatics and Social Justice Collaborative, and to partner with us in creating a transformative change model integrating personal and social change. We gathered over twenty-five social justice leaders, somatics innovators and other holistic practitioners to participate and forward the following goals:

-To create a Transformative Change Model integrating Somatics and Social Justice to contribute to building a more powerful, effective and relevant social and environmental justice movement within the U.S.

- We will develop a change model that re-envisions the use of somatics as a theory and tool for a social change (including addressing individual and collective trauma)

- We will develop a change model that integrates personal and social transformation

- We envision this change model as being relevant to politicized healing, leadership and organizational development, community organizing and movement building                                                                         

- We will document the process and identify key opportunities to test and evaluative the Transformative Change Model across various social and environmental justice organizations and movement sectors

-To develop popular, accessible models by translating terminology and expertise so that it can be used widely by social justice organizers and allies

The SSJC consisted of four sessions throughout 2009 and 2010. In between sessions participants were engaged in collective study and some field research. Participants were asked to take on daily somatic practices as well. Our aim was to have the process of the Somatics and Social Justice Collaborative reflect the innovation we are exploring. We included experiential learning, integrating individual and group somatic practices, and actively exploring personal and social transformation ourselves. The collaborative became a place of learning, action, and reflection, through which we experienced individual and collective change, while creating a model for much wider reach.

The Somatics & Social Justice Collaborative ended its initial phase at the beginning of 2010 with profound excitement and investment in the integration of somatics and movement work. A resounding “yes” for this kind of transformative work resonated from collaborative members, and people were talking specifically about somatics in their organizations, alliances, around their dinner tables, and at parties. The path to building new theories, models, and tools for change from the foundation of somatic theory and practice had begun. We were starting to ground how we could actually create collective action aligned with our politics and values, as well as address systemic trauma and its impact on individuals, organizations, and communities.

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