Our learning and unlearning through the last 3 years

Over the last three years, we have been guided by this question:

“How are we reinventing ourselves to attend to crumbling systems and accompany new beginnings?”​

“To hear this task for what it is, to believe it as enough, to feel worthy of this tenderness and capable of this tending, is the journey.

And when the rain comes to wash away the tears, To wash away the ashes that have settled over our inner and outer worlds, We look up and out in wonder, arms outstretched, fingers wiggling, waking, upon contact. Water meeting earth.”

Mathura Mahendren

Questions have a spirit, questions are alive.

This might be the summary of we have learned over 10 years of doing participatory research, hosting group experiences, partnering with others to observe and transform communities and organizations.


We have been accompanying each other’s as systems crumble: within ourselves, our organizations, our communities. We watch systems fall apart and ask ourselves, what stays? What is the essence of who we are? What do we have to offer?

We find the way we used to live, and work do not hold anymore. We cannot sustain them. We find a need to come together, slow down, hear what Is not yet been said, accompany heartbeats. What do you want to do now?

We research our realities and create spaces for co-learning together with our partners.

Collaborating on a project is an invitation to meet.
To meet is to discovery the essence of our work, and to realize there is something deeper we can do when we come together

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'What Moves Movements': A inquiry process commissioned by LCF to look at how funders can better support social change organisations/movements in the UK. A process which evolved dramatically as the fund that commissioned us (LCF) took the decision to close down within the next 5 years.

We researched and wrote a booklet showcasing seven stories of locally-led development initiatives, crafted to inspire and guide UK institutional donors, NGOs, and philanthropic organisations towards fostering community-driven impact and empowerment.

Learning Agenda Youth Liveli-hoods: An Exploration of the links between youth livelihoods and human rights in West Africa. The project concluded with a learning agenda is to inspire curiosity, facilitate profound learning, and provide a roadmap for future research.

THE SEEDS WE PLANT GROW ROOTS: We produced a collection of creative pieces through a participatory evaluation using storytelling. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the impact of the Women2030 program and celebrate all the partners, organisations and communities that took part in it over five years.

Resourcing Connections: We carried out data analysis on FRIDA's Participatory grantmaking processes - we supported compiling all data into a multimedia website.

FRIDA Focal Point Manual: We developed a manual to consolidate organizational knowledge around the role of Focal Points, a role that enables FRIDA to support young feminist groups all over the world in a personable and approachable way.

We hosted a training to prepare WINGS members to formulate an advocacy strategy on promoting an enabling environment for civil society.

We conducted a Participatory Baseline process over the course of a year with women's funds, self-led feminist groups, and influential women's funds that shape the broader donor community.

Magnify: A two week laboratory of personal and collective transformation we last hosted in Stromboli, Italy. 

Fos Feminista on Opposition: We co-designed and co-facilitated dialogues on the state of the opposition to bodily autonomy and how SRHR groups and activists are resisting. We also accompanied the Center for Sexual Integration and Youth Friendly Services in the definition of the centre's vision and workplan

The Program MENA Feminist Power in Action for Women’s Economic Rights (FEM PAWER) aims to strengthen young women who face multiple discrimination of economic gender-based violence. It’s managed by a Consortium of 4 Women Rights Organizations: Kvinna till Kvinna, AWO (Jordan), CRTDA (Lebanon) and PWWSD (Occupied Palestinian Territories). In this project, we are learning about how young women are affected by Economic Gender-Based Violence in 4 countries (Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan). This is the first time we are doing a storytelling Participatory Action Research across 4 countries with 4 Local Researchers, 18 Co-Researchers and with a local partner (Integrated).

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We are excited to introduce you the question that will drive the next phase of our work:

How do I take responsibility for the healing we need?

Do you have a few minutes to explore this question with us? Great! We invite you to set a timer for 5 minutes free write as an exploration to this question.

Here are some tips:

  • Write down whatever comes to mind, no matter how silly or outrageous. 
  • Keep writing until the time is up. Do not pause to stare into space or to read what you’ve written. Write quickly but not in a hurry.
  • Pay no attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, neatness, or style.
  • If you get off the topic or run out of ideas, keep writing anyway.
  • Enjoy!


Just let yourself be surprised: What comes up when you read this question? Free writing is all about letting yourself write without over thinking.

Type up your response here and, if you are interested in getting more involved with this research, leave us your email so we can contact you.

Here is our financial statement for the last three years.


This microsite emerged from a collective need to reflect on the past few years of our work and highlight the insights gained from each project, retreat, publication, workshop, research, and organizational accompaniment. We aim to understand what these experiences have brought to us and the broader ecosystem in which we operate.

We (Emilia Gonzalez, Yasmine Zeid, Fiammetta Wegener, Quime Williams, Gioel Gioacchino) convened in three meetings to share our learnings from each project. We then decided to focus on a few key areas we wanted to discuss with our community. These learnings encompass: the ecosystems around our work (e.g., feminist spaces); the direction of our work (how our PAR and storytelling methodologies are evolving); and the people we co-create with (our partnerships).

These insights are not solely ours, but reflect the contributions of many individuals, movements, and communities involved in our learning and projects. Below, we acknowledge some of them.

Awesome collaborators:
Graphic Design: Cesar Duarte
Concept and writing: Gioel Gioacchino
Quote: Mathura Mahendren from blog entry
Photos: Mahnoor Khan, Lea Boucheron
Illustration of volcanoes: Carolina Neu

Learning pieces:

Feminist spaces: Co-creation between: Emilia Gonzalez, Yasmine Zeid, Fiammetta Wegener, Quime Williams, Gioel Gioacchino
Equal and Creative: Gioel Gioacchino
Openness and trust: Quime Williams
Reflection on our methodology: Co-creation between: Emilia Gonzalez, Yasmine Zeid, Fiammetta Wegener, Quime Williams, Gioel Gioacchino



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