Power-aware. Consent-driven. Relationship-centered.
Build With is a training, facilitation, and consulting practice led by Laurenellen McCann. We help organizations and collectives design and implement power-shifting community programs and evolve institutional cultures.
Our work is focused on power-aware solutions and strategies to collective problems. That means, whether we’re helping you improve communal outcomes for your public programming or realign your organization’s operations with your values, we’ll help get to the root of the structural and interpersonal issues at play within your programs, teams, and workplaces and make high impact changes that last.
Our work is guided by the movement principle “build with, not for”: the essential notion that meaningful social change is only possible when those most impacted by systems that need changing are the ones in charge of the arc of change. That means, although all our work is designed to help you better include your staff, teammates, and the communities you serve, the focus of our practice is not inclusion. It’s dismantling and disrupting patterns of exclusion and developing cultures of consent, power awareness, and accountability.
Our work is guided by context, and we take our charge to build with, not for seriously. That means, we’re not here to help you with inclusion. We’re here to help you dismantle patterns of exclusion.
We want to help you make high impact changes that last, and that means, we want to help you get to the root of the structural and interpersonal issues at play within your programs, teams, and workplaces. To do this, we’ll build with you, and we’ll help you do the same.
We have experience working with a wide array of organizations in a variety of fields and contexts. Past clients have included theatre companies, universities, libraries, community networks, artist collaboratives, U.S. local governments, neighborhood associations, think tanks, unions, direct action teams, non-profits, and more.
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