My Values + Feminist Business Practices

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My Values +

Culture-Making 

Business Practices

I hold a systemic analysis and my praxis is inclusive and about equity (no white feminism, thankyouverymuch).

I’m here for

love and JUSTICE

not love and light.

I’m more excited about building and sharing power + resources than I am about “empowerment“.

KD – Floral Letters-39

believe...

I believe that empowerment is a personal AND collective strategy that aims to change a collective reality; empowerment is not when one exceptional women gets financially successful but a dehumanizing system stays in place (that’s empowermyth!). Please note, however, that I’m 100% committed to building all of our livelihoods RIGHT NOW, because we deserve to thrive.

I am dreaming of a world where all bodies are cherished, so I enthusiastically support Black Lives Matter and social movements that promote liberation and human flourishing.

I believe that we are all culture makers and that we can use our culture making power deliberately, to create new realities for ourselves and our world.

Here are a few of the ways I try to do that in my own LIFE AND BUSINESS

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Hiring + Money

  • I have a LOT of financial responsibilities — children, elders, extended family — so I need to earn a lot of money. I do this unapologetically
  • I believe in investing in our community which means I hire and contract from within our community, first, and prioritize the hiring of people with non-dominant identities
  • I pay everyone  a living wage -- AT A MINIMUM --and strive to pay everyone as much as is sustainable for the whole organization
  • If people are collaborating with me on a full-time basis to launch a program, I revenue-share with them

Economic Justice

How (and When) I Offer Critique

When I’m critiquing, I strive to name patterns, not people, because

  • This is about systemic change, not changing out individual "bad apples". I want to keep the focus on policies, practices, norms and institutions
  • I’m not here to destroy anyone’s livelihood or build my brand by tearing other people down
  • We are all in the water so we are all wet

If I do critique a person, I will do it in order to document a larger pattern; it will be because they are a mainstream cultural figure who wields significant power in the world; and my critique will take place in long-form (essays, newsletters, blog posts or future books).

Here my guidelines for Critiquing Live People:

  • No gossip. I'm not repeating hearsay or wondering about their childhood wounds or interested in their personal lives (for example). I'm critiquing their public work, platforms, marketing strategies and their social impact
  • I will NOT discuss off-the-record remarks, private correspondence or recordings of private conversations
  • Must have more than 1,000,000 social media followers; have mainstream name recognition; or be the leader of an institution or company whose policies or messaging impact millions of people's lives
    • I'm taking these as indicators of cultural impact. At this level of reach (and, presumably, revenue), this person is likely to be significant, culturally, and therefore an appropriate topic for cultural consideration
  • I must disclose any apparent conflicts of interest

Because my focus is on patterns, not people, I will not comment on online controversies nor will I participate in "public humiliation spectacles"* on social media.

  • I especially do not enter a live fray when I don't possess a highly specific, detailed understanding of the events (I'm looking for timelines and facts, not editorializing or rhetoric). I'm not going to allow myself to be co-opted or weaponized because I lack full information

* My thanks to Dr.Christine Marie for the language of "public humiliation spectacle" and "media misinformation/misrepresentation campaigns"

Here are my Guidelines for Commenting on Tragic Events:

  • I am not a newspaper. I cannot publish or comment on all things and no one should be obliged to
  • I strive to only comment on events where I have 'skin in the game'. I'm Canadian, so I don't have 'skin in the game' to comment on US politics -- and often, when Canadians comment on US culture/politics, we often end up acting smug and erasing our own failings from view
  • I specifically don't comment on mass shootings in the US because
    1. Again, I have no skin in the game
    2. Because I'm not a citizen, I have no ability to influence US legislators
    3. Research shows that the more media attention the massacre gets, the higher the likelihood that there will be a copycat shooting within 7 days. My silence is an attempt at harm-reduction

Solidarity, Self-Preservation,
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NEXT COHORT: JANUARY 2023

Every week, I send you a

Sunday Love Letter

I write them so that…

  1. You remember your culture-making power
  2. You have the inspiration + tools you need to grow a future in which we all flourish
Are you in?

When it comes to social media, here's what I want to whisper into all of us...⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to perform a character⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to conform to repressive social expectations⁠
⁠
(and in fact I can teach you how to use hashtags in a counter-cultural and truly delightful way. TRUE STORY)⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to be on all the time⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to be constantly scrambling to be present and visible ⁠
or waging mini-wars with yourself about how much is too much ⁠
(or not enough)⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to be on a daily content-creation hamster wheel⁠
⁠
🌺You don’t have to assemble a virtual highlight reel⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to get glamorous photo-shoots in luxury locations ⁠
(but creativity is an asset here -- what could you do differently with your photos?)⁠
⁠
🌺or post selfies ⁠
(but you can if you want to - I think selfies can be a genius form of self-expression. #WWFKD)⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to post fluffy memes and generic platitudes⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to flaunt your lifestyle or your wardrobe ⁠
or pretend that you've got it like that.⁠
⁠
I don't do any of that stuff.⁠
⁠
I show up and say what I believe in and what I'm working towards ⁠
and an audience gathers.⁠
⁠
Because when you say something that matters, people come sit by the fire.⁠
⁠
This is the essence of my Social Media for Culture Makers Certification Course.⁠
⁠
Of course there are steps, exercises and a replicable system that goes with it -- and that's what I'll be teaching in this 12 week program.⁠
⁠
(BONUS -- you also get 30 GORGEOUS Canva templates when you sign up before Aug 26)⁠
⁠
The goal is to get you to into a groove that produces consistency, confidence, cash, and culture-making -- without grinding.⁠
⁠
We start Sept 12. Join us?⁠
⁠
love + justice,⁠
⁠
Kelly⁠
⁠
---⁠
Cash. Consistency. Confidence. Culture-Making. ⁠
Social Media for Culture Makers is a certificate program for building power on social media. ⁠
⁠
link in profile @kelly.diels to learn more -- and thank you. Your attention is a gift.⁠
⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/social-media-for-culture-makers/
We talked about this yesterday...⁠
⁠
IMHO, Multipassionate Makers study all.the.things because they are gathering the full range of tools and modalities needed to solve a complex social problem.⁠
⁠
🌺What you are NOT doing: being flaky or distractible or indulging in 'shiny object syndrome'. ⁠
⁠
🌺What you ARE doing: making a whole new thing. You've been synthesizing across traditions and intuitively developing a nuanced, sensitive  methodology designed to produce a particular transformation.⁠
⁠
That thing you've been making, intuitively: it's real. There's a process and a framework there.⁠
⁠
Our challenge is to raise your internal, intuitive process to the level of consciousness, so you can turn it into a FORMAL, repeatable process that you teach other people.⁠
⁠
We need to get it out of your muscle-memory and into a teachable, shareable system.⁠
⁠
I call this process *Surfacing Your Methodology*. ⁠
⁠
To surface your methodology, we need to go in, determine the core set of skills you're teaching across all your modalities, and what the central outcome is. We need to explicitly map it out.⁠
⁠
And then we need to name this wondrous thing you've created.⁠
⁠
Once you name your methodology, you can see how everything you've trained in has led up to this, and prepared you for this work. ⁠
⁠
It then gets a lot easier to explain it to other people, and a lot more obvious why they might want to buy it :)⁠
⁠
Mapping out and naming your methodology makes your work REAL. ⁠
⁠
(To you and to other people.)⁠
⁠
It also makes it TEACHABLE.⁠
⁠
And that's the point of all your seeking and learning and dreaming and doing, across time.⁠
⁠
Because, dear Multipassionate Maker, you're NOT spinning your wheels. You're growing the solutions and institutions of the future.⁠
⁠
*******⁠
⁠
If you'd like some help Surfacing Your Methodology, I have a training that can help you do that. Link in profile to get it!⁠
⁠
NOTE: It's a 3-hour video lesson followed by a LIVE Q+A on August 8 where you can get feedback and ask questions about YOUR model.⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/surface-your-methodology/⁠
Friends! Romans! Culture Makers!⁠
⁠
I, Kelly Diels, am on vacation...⁠
⁠
...and while I'm swimming and gallivanting, we've got some automated processes running.⁠
⁠
One of them is really important: we're refreshing consent on our email list, because consent is a core cultural value + practice for our team.⁠
⁠
That means our email robots sent an email to everyone on our list who has NOT opened an email in 3 months, asking them to click a link to re-affirm their subscription.⁠
⁠
So...if you got this email and you WANT to keep getting the Sunday Love Letters, please make sure you click that link.⁠
⁠
Another way to refresh consent and make sure you keep seeing my newsletter is this:⁠
1) Search your promotions folder in Gmail⁠
2) find an email from me⁠
3) open it⁠
4) hit reply. That will help make sure you keep getting my Sunday Love Letters in your inbox rather than the promotions or spam folder.⁠
⁠
Happy boundaries! (And swimming!)⁠
⁠
love + justice,⁠
Kelly⁠
⁠
PS if this post piqued your interest and you want to subscribe to my Sunday Love Letter for the first time -- it is a blazing epistle of encouragement, if I do say so myself -- the link to subscribe is in my bio @kelly.diels and thank you!
When things need changing -- urgently --⁠
and they are outside our individual areas of influence or expertise, ⁠
that doesn’t mean we’re helpless or useless.⁠
⁠
It means we get to work undergirding the work ⁠
of people & organizations ⁠
who ARE serving in exactly this space.⁠
⁠
Outrage, overwhelm, despair, desperation: they are all righteous information. ⁠
⁠
Feeling them, ⁠
and using them as a compass, ⁠
gives us an action item to complete: Who is already on the ground doing work that you can support?⁠
⁠
----⁠
I outlined a 3-step model we can use to create positive change ⁠
even AND ESPECIALLY in overwhelming, troubling times.⁠
⁠
If that could be helpful to you right now, it's here:⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/what-to-do-in-overwhelmingly-troubled-times/⁠
⁠
I trust you with power and resources.⁠
⁠
*I literally cannot say this enough.*⁠
⁠
Many fat women and women of colour and queer women and disabled folks and trans and non-binary folks (and, and, and) have experienced power being used abusively against us...⁠
⁠
...which often means that some of us are going to be wildly uncomfortable with power-building -- in all forms.⁠
⁠
Many of us believe, on a cellular level, that money + power = abuse. Because that's what we've lived.⁠
⁠
Which raises a critical question for our lives: what will we think about ***ourselves*** if we earn money and power?⁠
⁠
***⁠
If you recoil from holding power or money even as you need them and explicitly seek them, please know that there is nothing wrong with you. This tension actually a sign that your sense of justice is finely honed.⁠
⁠
It means you don't want to become that which you oppose.⁠
⁠
This, obviously, is a very good thing. Let's be relieved that our moral compasses are working.⁠
⁠
And let's break the spell*. ⁠
(h/t @amandaklaird for this *language)⁠
⁠
***⁠
Here's how we break cultural spells and intervene in unconscious sequences and patterns:⁠
⁠
We surface them. Expose them. Make them conscious.⁠
⁠
To break the money-power-abuse spell, let's explicitly, consciously ask ourselves if what we have been conditioned believe about ourselves and power and money is true:⁠
⁠
Is it true that if you have power, you will abuse it?⁠
Is it true that if you have money and power, you will use it to exploit people?⁠
Is it true that the only way to get money is to harm people?⁠
⁠
***⁠
⁠
When I inquired into my own beliefs about power and explicit asked myself, do I want to use money and power the way it's been used against me (To hurt people? To dominate? To hoard?)...⁠
⁠
...the answer is NOOOOOOOOOO.⁠
⁠
And so the spell is broken.⁠
⁠
***⁠
⁠
I trust you with power, money and resources.⁠
⁠
Let's get them, grow them, and use them to flourish -- personally and collectively.⁠
⁠
Because we are the culture makers.⁠ ⁠
⁠
***⁠
kellydiels.com ⁠
Business and Self Development for Culture Makers ⁠
⁠
#wearetheculturemakers #powerbuilding #feministlife #earnedpower⁠

When it comes to social media, here's what I want to whisper into all of us...⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to perform a character⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to conform to repressive social expectations⁠
⁠
(and in fact I can teach you how to use hashtags in a counter-cultural and truly delightful way. TRUE STORY)⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to be on all the time⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to be constantly scrambling to be present and visible ⁠
or waging mini-wars with yourself about how much is too much ⁠
(or not enough)⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to be on a daily content-creation hamster wheel⁠
⁠
🌺You don’t have to assemble a virtual highlight reel⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to get glamorous photo-shoots in luxury locations ⁠
(but creativity is an asset here -- what could you do differently with your photos?)⁠
⁠
🌺or post selfies ⁠
(but you can if you want to - I think selfies can be a genius form of self-expression. #WWFKD)⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to post fluffy memes and generic platitudes⁠
⁠
🌺You don't have to flaunt your lifestyle or your wardrobe ⁠
or pretend that you've got it like that.⁠
⁠
I don't do any of that stuff.⁠
⁠
I show up and say what I believe in and what I'm working towards ⁠
and an audience gathers.⁠
⁠
Because when you say something that matters, people come sit by the fire.⁠
⁠
This is the essence of my Social Media for Culture Makers Certification Course.⁠
⁠
Of course there are steps, exercises and a replicable system that goes with it -- and that's what I'll be teaching in this 12 week program.⁠
⁠
(BONUS -- you also get 30 GORGEOUS Canva templates when you sign up before Aug 26)⁠
⁠
The goal is to get you to into a groove that produces consistency, confidence, cash, and culture-making -- without grinding.⁠
⁠
We start Sept 12. Join us?⁠
⁠
love + justice,⁠
⁠
Kelly⁠
⁠
---⁠
Cash. Consistency. Confidence. Culture-Making. ⁠
Social Media for Culture Makers is a certificate program for building power on social media. ⁠
⁠
link in profile @kelly.diels to learn more -- and thank you. Your attention is a gift.⁠
⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/social-media-for-culture-makers/
We talked about this yesterday...⁠
⁠
IMHO, Multipassionate Makers study all.the.things because they are gathering the full range of tools and modalities needed to solve a complex social problem.⁠
⁠
🌺What you are NOT doing: being flaky or distractible or indulging in 'shiny object syndrome'. ⁠
⁠
🌺What you ARE doing: making a whole new thing. You've been synthesizing across traditions and intuitively developing a nuanced, sensitive  methodology designed to produce a particular transformation.⁠
⁠
That thing you've been making, intuitively: it's real. There's a process and a framework there.⁠
⁠
Our challenge is to raise your internal, intuitive process to the level of consciousness, so you can turn it into a FORMAL, repeatable process that you teach other people.⁠
⁠
We need to get it out of your muscle-memory and into a teachable, shareable system.⁠
⁠
I call this process *Surfacing Your Methodology*. ⁠
⁠
To surface your methodology, we need to go in, determine the core set of skills you're teaching across all your modalities, and what the central outcome is. We need to explicitly map it out.⁠
⁠
And then we need to name this wondrous thing you've created.⁠
⁠
Once you name your methodology, you can see how everything you've trained in has led up to this, and prepared you for this work. ⁠
⁠
It then gets a lot easier to explain it to other people, and a lot more obvious why they might want to buy it :)⁠
⁠
Mapping out and naming your methodology makes your work REAL. ⁠
⁠
(To you and to other people.)⁠
⁠
It also makes it TEACHABLE.⁠
⁠
And that's the point of all your seeking and learning and dreaming and doing, across time.⁠
⁠
Because, dear Multipassionate Maker, you're NOT spinning your wheels. You're growing the solutions and institutions of the future.⁠
⁠
*******⁠
⁠
If you'd like some help Surfacing Your Methodology, I have a training that can help you do that. Link in profile to get it!⁠
⁠
NOTE: It's a 3-hour video lesson followed by a LIVE Q+A on August 8 where you can get feedback and ask questions about YOUR model.⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/surface-your-methodology/⁠
Friends! Romans! Culture Makers!⁠
⁠
I, Kelly Diels, am on vacation...⁠
⁠
...and while I'm swimming and gallivanting, we've got some automated processes running.⁠
⁠
One of them is really important: we're refreshing consent on our email list, because consent is a core cultural value + practice for our team.⁠
⁠
That means our email robots sent an email to everyone on our list who has NOT opened an email in 3 months, asking them to click a link to re-affirm their subscription.⁠
⁠
So...if you got this email and you WANT to keep getting the Sunday Love Letters, please make sure you click that link.⁠
⁠
Another way to refresh consent and make sure you keep seeing my newsletter is this:⁠
1) Search your promotions folder in Gmail⁠
2) find an email from me⁠
3) open it⁠
4) hit reply. That will help make sure you keep getting my Sunday Love Letters in your inbox rather than the promotions or spam folder.⁠
⁠
Happy boundaries! (And swimming!)⁠
⁠
love + justice,⁠
Kelly⁠
⁠
PS if this post piqued your interest and you want to subscribe to my Sunday Love Letter for the first time -- it is a blazing epistle of encouragement, if I do say so myself -- the link to subscribe is in my bio @kelly.diels and thank you!
When things need changing -- urgently --⁠
and they are outside our individual areas of influence or expertise, ⁠
that doesn’t mean we’re helpless or useless.⁠
⁠
It means we get to work undergirding the work ⁠
of people & organizations ⁠
who ARE serving in exactly this space.⁠
⁠
Outrage, overwhelm, despair, desperation: they are all righteous information. ⁠
⁠
Feeling them, ⁠
and using them as a compass, ⁠
gives us an action item to complete: Who is already on the ground doing work that you can support?⁠
⁠
----⁠
I outlined a 3-step model we can use to create positive change ⁠
even AND ESPECIALLY in overwhelming, troubling times.⁠
⁠
If that could be helpful to you right now, it's here:⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/what-to-do-in-overwhelmingly-troubled-times/⁠
⁠