Purpose

What We Believe

At the heart of our work is a vision of radical, participatory, and inclusive democracy. We believe governing power should reside with diverse communities and workers. We believe social and political life can be organized around principles that recognize the intrinsic worth and value of all human beings. We believe we are stronger when everyone participates fully in our political, social and economic institutions, and when everyone enjoys the benefits of our shared prosperity. Further, we believe that creating this kind of inclusive, democratic society requires ongoing engagement on the part of diverse coalitions of groups in society, including and especially, leadership from communities of color.

Our work is informed by critical analysis of political, economic and cultural systems, with special attention to structures and practices that perpetuate historic injustices. At this moment we think it is critical to understand the rise of neoliberal political-economic regimes and the role of race and especially structural racism in shaping our institutions.

Our Core Work

GPP was founded and began working with social change groups in 1993. We saw a need to bridge the gap between those who were doing policy analysis and those who were doing base-building and organizing. As groups started incorporating our frameworks, we saw more clearly how organizing groups can get stuck on a treadmill of short-termism. We began to focus on the organizational structures and relationships that can move groups beyond fragmented work toward advancing more coherent political programs for transforming our society. Another way of describing our purpose is: helping to build a powerful progressive movement that is more than the sum of its parts, that has the power to promote a progressive agenda, and that moves a progressive worldview into state and national political discourses.

How We Approach Our Work

GPP weaves theory into practice by mining the best ideas from social and political sciences, as well as from history, including the histories of social movements. We apply these ideas to actual organizing—base-building, coalition-building, networking, campaign and electoral work. We evaluate groups’ experiences applying our frameworks, which leads to further refinement, new ideas and new applications.

Our programs are designed to help organizations link their short-term organizing and campaign work with their mission and with the fundamental questions of economic and political democracy and racial and environmental justice in our society. We work with groups that are committed to shifting resources and priorities towards a long-term strategy. We believe that a set of long-term goals for social transformation can change how groups work day-to-day.

We undertake long-term work with specific organizations. We have found that activists and leaders appreciate the concepts related to power, worldview, and strategy. However, though they like these ideas and want to adopt them, it is hard to change organizational priorities, practices, and culture. So we work closely with organizations over time, helping them change internal cultures in order to achieve more strategic practices.

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In addition to our new Executive Director, María Poblet, we also have three new positions for our 'dream team' members: Harmony Goldberg is our Program Director, Tammy Bang Luu is our Senior Strategist in California and Ted Fertik is our Senior Strategist for the Working Families Academy. Here they are at our recent staff retreat.
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GPP welcomes our new Executive Director, María Poblet.

Prior to joining the GPP team in 2018, María was instrumental in building Causa Justa :: Just Cause. As founding Executive Director, she led the organization in groundbreaking work building cross-racial solidarity against the displacement of immigrant and black communities. María has provided leadership in the development of Bay Rising, the US Social Forums of 2007 & 2010, the Right to the City Alliance, and the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. She is a co-founder of the US chapter of the World March of Women.

Please join with us in welcoming María as we make this exciting transition in leadership.
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Frank Ackerman has a new blog series on the Triple Crisis we've been facing most acutely since the financial meltdown in 2008: in financial systems, in growing inequalities within and across societies, and in the effects of climate change. Check it out here: http://triplecrisis.com/climate-damages-uncertain-but-ominous-or-51-per-ton/