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The top ten things inspiring the Catalyst Producers this month!

In December, Siana Bangura and I joined Ellie Hale to form the new Catalyst Producer team - and since then, we’ve been getting to know one another through exercises like exploring our core values and behaviours, establishing shared rituals, and spending time together in person when we can. 

Part of this has included starting a regular ‘what’s on my radar?’ discussion, to discover what’s been inspiring each of us. The aim is to share knowledge and create a space for bringing external ideas into our work, as well as accelerating the bonding experience.

We thought it would be great to share this, so here’s a list of our top ten sources of inspiration this month:

  1. Chayn's excellent draft strategy deck. We salute you!
  2. Cat Ainsworth from DOT PROJECT's open source Manual of Me. We’ve just completed ours and are now inspired to make them open too.
  3. The Collective Tech research project is worth a read.
  4. Check out the latest weeknote from Jo, where she reflects upon our collective sociocracy training experience.
  5. We’re all currently reading ‘All about love: new visions’ by bell hooks. This book is highly recommended - there’s also a chapter on bringing love into work.
  6. Ellie has been watching ‘The Green Planet’ which she says is packed with loads of metaphors for our work, if we want to fully lean into biomimicry!
  7. If you want something to subscribe to for regular inspiration from female authors, Jo recommends trying Books That Matter.
  8. Siana recommends checking out this publisher: Little brown books for reads from marginalised voices.
  9. We’ve also been thinking about Transformational Governance - check out THIS blog post on organising for change by Louise Armstrong.
  10. This podcast by Rhodri Davies on Effective Altruism, which stemmed from a conversation thread on the Agencies for Good Slack forum. 

If you have a resource of any kind that you think we should have on our radar, please share it with us! We would love for the wider community to influence our work and provide creative input. Drop us a line at Or tweet us @wethecatalysts.

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