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"

Solidarity, Self-Preservation,
and Culture-Making

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A Marketing School for Culture-Makers

& ONLINE ENTREPRENEURS*

*ALSO KNOWN AS FOUNDERS, AUTHORS, ARTISTS, COACHES, LEADERS,
TEACHERS AND HEALERS

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?

There's this narrative out there that says that being committed to justice will harm your business.⁠
⁠
I know from experience -- from working with thousands of feminist entrepreneurs and organizations -- that this is just not true.⁠
⁠
I know that when you invent language to describe lived  experiences we don't have words for, you're making a cultural contribution. You're helping move us forward into a culture where all of our experiences are recognized and understood.⁠
⁠
You're co-creating the language of justice and the language of the future.⁠
⁠
AND...when you define language specific to your body of work, you make your work more concrete and tangible to your audience + clients. You SUBSTANTIATE it.⁠
⁠
That's a brand asset. That's good for business. That helps people say yes to your offers.⁠
⁠
Developing the language you need to explain your complex work is good culture-making AND it's good for business.⁠
⁠
That's why I've been teaching these mini-lessons here on IG this week to help you build your language and build out your body of work.⁠
⁠
Because we CAN build businesses around who we are, what we believe, and the future we're dreaming of.⁠
⁠
And when we do, we lead from our strengths and principles. ⁠
⁠
There's endless energy and passion there. There's wisdom there. There's invitation. There's SUBSTANCE and skill.⁠
⁠
And all of that is pure rocket fuel for our businesses and our culture-making.⁠
⁠
#FlourishingIsFeminist⁠
⁠
PS I send out a #SundayLoveLetter by email every week. Want to get yours, tomorrow? link in bio to subscribe ⁠
⁠
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I'm Kelly Diels. I teach feminist entrepreneurs & culture-makers a new model for marketing and copywriting that is EFFECTIVE and non-exploitative.  #feministcopywriting⁠ #MoreImpactLessHarm
We can do it our way, I promise.⁠
⁠
We don't have to lead with pain and shame.⁠
⁠
We can write sales copy that and marketing materials that bear loving witness to the actual problem...⁠
⁠
...AND IT'S NOT THE CLIENT. ⁠
⁠
It's the circumstances and system they're navigating.⁠
⁠
Our job, as a *principled* entrepreneurs who care about our cultural impact, is to bear loving witness to that challenge. Let readers of your copy know that you have a framework or process that can help them do it differently, ON THEIR TERMS.⁠
⁠
And then, instead of being subconsciously triggered into a buying decision, they can make an explicit, conscious, POWERFUL decision to work with you.⁠
⁠
This deliberate decision can be the first step in the work they're committing to.⁠
⁠
Which means that our sales funnels and copy can be the first step in the transformational work we do with clients...⁠
⁠
...rather than in opposition to it. ⁠#Aligned #CopywritingForCultureMakers⁠
⁠
*****⁠
I'm Kelly Diels. I'm a writer & business development coach for culture makers.⁠
⁠
I work with people who want to sell using using VISION and VALUES rather than shame and pain -- and I've developed specific copywriting models and frameworks you can use to build EFFECTIVE brand copy that sells...⁠
⁠
...without sacrificing your principles or your conscience.⁠
⁠
The next cohort of Copywriting For CultureMakers is now enrolling (We start June 7). ⁠
⁠
I invite you to check it out using the link in profile @kelly.diels⁠ -- and thank you!⁠
⁠
 #onlinecopywriting #nameyourvision #womenentrepreneurs #itsnotbusinessasusual #copywriting #contentmarketing⁠ #CopywritingTip⁠ ⁠#ConfidentCopywriting⁠ #copywriter⁠ #CopywritingCoach⁠ ⁠#feministcopywriting #BrandCopy⁠  #CopywritingForCreatives⁠ #CopywritersOfInstagram⁠ #OnlineMarketing⁠ #OnlineMarketingTips⁠  #consciouscopywriting  #CopywritingSkills⁠ #creativebusiness #antiracistbusiness #consciousbusiness⁠
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photo by @daniellecohenphotography⁠
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 3-hour training that can help you do that. Link in profile to get it!⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/surface-your-methodology/⁠
⁠
#multipassionate #multipotentialite #emergentstrategy #wearetheculturemakers #creativebusiness #consciousbusiness #coaching #intellectualproperty #framework #shinyobjectsyndrome⁠
Maybe you don't have Shiny Object Syndrome.⁠
⁠
Maybe you've been studying & practicing all of these modalities because you're developing a rich body of work, across time.⁠
⁠
No maybe about it.⁠
⁠
⁠🌺🌺🌺⁠
Multi-passionate professionals often get told that they're "scattered" & need to focus and then internalize those negative messages...⁠
⁠
...the ones telling them that their orientation towards lifelong learning, curiosity & creativity is a barrier to success.⁠
⁠
It's NOT. ⁠
⁠
In fact that's EXACTLY how we build the deep work & creative solutions needed for these urgent times.⁠
⁠
⁠🌺🌺🌺⁠
Often, when multi-passionate professionals come to me, it's wildly evident to me that they've been collecting tools & synthesizing across traditions  in order to solve complex social problems.⁠
⁠
The result? A whole new methodology.⁠
⁠
But often, we can't see that. Instead, our diverse modalities & certifications look like independent silos.⁠
⁠
Over here, birth work. Over here, facilitation training. Over here, an Masters's of Fine Art. ⁠
⁠
But what if they're not standalone, silo-ed services? ⁠
⁠
What if, instead, they're the NECESSARY tools and skills that you use TOGETHER to solve a higher-level social problem?⁠
⁠
What if you gathered them because no one of them did the trick, alone;  so you kept looking and learning?⁠
⁠
 What if they're all part of one integrated thing...⁠
⁠
...AKA your methodology? ⁠
⁠
⁠🌺🌺🌺⁠
In other words: ⁠
⁠
1)Take those services out of their never-the-twain-shall-meet silos. ⁠
⁠
2) Integrate them into ONE methodology and ONE service/program.⁠
⁠
This is what all your work has been adding up to, across time.⁠
⁠
So nope, dear Multipassionate Maker, you're NOT a "flake". ⁠
⁠
You are NOT spinning your wheels. ⁠
⁠
Instead, you're growing the solutions and institutions of the future.⁠
⁠
#WeAreTheCultureMakers⁠
⁠
⁠
⁠🌺🌺🌺⁠🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺⁠
I'm Kelly Diels and I'm a researcher & teacher. I help culture-making leaders leverage their strengths so they can can grow flourishing lives & businesses that truly make a difference.⁠
⁠
My programs:⁠
Copywriting for Culture Makers (June 7)⁠
Social Media for Culture Makers (Sept 5)⁠
We Are The Culture Makers (Feb 2023)⁠

There's this narrative out there that says that being committed to justice will harm your business.⁠
⁠
I know from experience -- from working with thousands of feminist entrepreneurs and organizations -- that this is just not true.⁠
⁠
I know that when you invent language to describe lived  experiences we don't have words for, you're making a cultural contribution. You're helping move us forward into a culture where all of our experiences are recognized and understood.⁠
⁠
You're co-creating the language of justice and the language of the future.⁠
⁠
AND...when you define language specific to your body of work, you make your work more concrete and tangible to your audience + clients. You SUBSTANTIATE it.⁠
⁠
That's a brand asset. That's good for business. That helps people say yes to your offers.⁠
⁠
Developing the language you need to explain your complex work is good culture-making AND it's good for business.⁠
⁠
That's why I've been teaching these mini-lessons here on IG this week to help you build your language and build out your body of work.⁠
⁠
Because we CAN build businesses around who we are, what we believe, and the future we're dreaming of.⁠
⁠
And when we do, we lead from our strengths and principles. ⁠
⁠
There's endless energy and passion there. There's wisdom there. There's invitation. There's SUBSTANCE and skill.⁠
⁠
And all of that is pure rocket fuel for our businesses and our culture-making.⁠
⁠
#FlourishingIsFeminist⁠
⁠
PS I send out a #SundayLoveLetter by email every week. Want to get yours, tomorrow? link in bio to subscribe ⁠
⁠
----⁠
I'm Kelly Diels. I teach feminist entrepreneurs & culture-makers a new model for marketing and copywriting that is EFFECTIVE and non-exploitative.  #feministcopywriting⁠ #MoreImpactLessHarm
We can do it our way, I promise.⁠
⁠
We don't have to lead with pain and shame.⁠
⁠
We can write sales copy that and marketing materials that bear loving witness to the actual problem...⁠
⁠
...AND IT'S NOT THE CLIENT. ⁠
⁠
It's the circumstances and system they're navigating.⁠
⁠
Our job, as a *principled* entrepreneurs who care about our cultural impact, is to bear loving witness to that challenge. Let readers of your copy know that you have a framework or process that can help them do it differently, ON THEIR TERMS.⁠
⁠
And then, instead of being subconsciously triggered into a buying decision, they can make an explicit, conscious, POWERFUL decision to work with you.⁠
⁠
This deliberate decision can be the first step in the work they're committing to.⁠
⁠
Which means that our sales funnels and copy can be the first step in the transformational work we do with clients...⁠
⁠
...rather than in opposition to it. ⁠#Aligned #CopywritingForCultureMakers⁠
⁠
*****⁠
I'm Kelly Diels. I'm a writer & business development coach for culture makers.⁠
⁠
I work with people who want to sell using using VISION and VALUES rather than shame and pain -- and I've developed specific copywriting models and frameworks you can use to build EFFECTIVE brand copy that sells...⁠
⁠
...without sacrificing your principles or your conscience.⁠
⁠
The next cohort of Copywriting For CultureMakers is now enrolling (We start June 7). ⁠
⁠
I invite you to check it out using the link in profile @kelly.diels⁠ -- and thank you!⁠
⁠
 #onlinecopywriting #nameyourvision #womenentrepreneurs #itsnotbusinessasusual #copywriting #contentmarketing⁠ #CopywritingTip⁠ ⁠#ConfidentCopywriting⁠ #copywriter⁠ #CopywritingCoach⁠ ⁠#feministcopywriting #BrandCopy⁠  #CopywritingForCreatives⁠ #CopywritersOfInstagram⁠ #OnlineMarketing⁠ #OnlineMarketingTips⁠  #consciouscopywriting  #CopywritingSkills⁠ #creativebusiness #antiracistbusiness #consciousbusiness⁠
⁠
---------⁠
photo by @daniellecohenphotography⁠
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 3-hour training that can help you do that. Link in profile to get it!⁠
https://www.kellydiels.com/surface-your-methodology/⁠
⁠
#multipassionate #multipotentialite #emergentstrategy #wearetheculturemakers #creativebusiness #consciousbusiness #coaching #intellectualproperty #framework #shinyobjectsyndrome⁠