World Trust Educational Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

 ©2019 by WTES




Oakland, CA
April 21-22, 2020

"There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change
that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness
that are linked to efforts that transform structures."


Bell Hooks

"I have been doing this work for a long time, and I feel like I am much more fluent now, much clearer, my understanding is much deeper. "

~ Human Resources Professional

The goal of this Learning Lab is to strengthen your capacities and provide you with
tools and processes to prioritize and utilize equitable practices in your workplace or


Participants will actively challenge societal norms, as well as your
individual status quo, as you seek to fundamentally shift structures, processes and
procedures necessary for producing equity-based outcomes.

During this two-day Learning Lab, you will learn to go deeper in your analysis and
planning, using equity-and-empowerment-based tools and lenses, designed to help
your organization integrate equity into your processes, policies, programs and culture.

The work is highly interactive with a focus on practical engagement and whole group


Significant time will be spent looking at and working on the
particulars of your organization/workplace. To that end, we encourage organizations to send
more than one person to this Lab so that teams can work together and learn together.


This is an advanced Learning Lab. It assumes that attendees have a basic
understanding of:
the patterns and relationships that drive systems and structures;
● the history of colonialism, white supremacy, and exploitation;
● why and how transformative approaches (versus strictly transactional) address
white supremacy and structural racism, and the need for openness to more
creative and mindful practices moving us towards equity; and
● how contemporary systems of inequity continue to be embedded in structures,
cultures, and collective social identify formations.




Founder & President of World Trust

Shakti Butler, Phd. Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services, a 20+ year old non-profit producing films, learning labs and trainings, and curricula offering comprehensive capabilities necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization. Our work heals and transforms people, communities, and institutions. Shakti has produced 5 documentary films including the iconic Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and Healing Justice



Founder of Our Bodhi Project

Sonali S. Balajee is the Founder of Our Bodhi Project, a political and spiritual project aimed at moving towards collective health for all living systems by improving our equity analyses, centering decolonizing strategies, and engaging in creative, mindful and critical practices. She worked for 13 years in local government, and is one of the primary authors of the Multnomah County Equity and Empowerment Lens. 


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Oakland, CA 94612