Creating dinner experiences and new community relationships

As you might expect, Carola Secada’s experience in planning multiple community dinner experiences throughout LA for Upswell changemakers has been interesting, inspiring, and sometimes overwhelming – all at the same time. More than “just dinner,” she’s working to provide Upswell attendees with community experiences that reflect LA’s vibrant range of cultures and food offerings, and…

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Empathy at the heart of faith-based and social justice changework

Upswell is about turning empathy into action — harnessing the insights and experiences of changemakers to positively impact the communities we serve. But what about the community’s insights and lived experiences? In the rush of life, do we unintentionally lean toward a “bias to action” — designing solutions without fully understanding the challenges and needs…

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