©2019 by Mikayla Lytton. Photos by Mikayla and Kali Boehle-Silva.

Coaching for

Racial & Social Justice

Together, let's create and expand opportunities for transformational change in the direction of justice.

Is your impact not meeting your intentions?

Many of us have a sneaky suspicion that even as we’re working incredibly hard to make the world more just or more equitable, that the ways we’re working and being are at odds with our intentions. Even with all of the time, energy, sweat we’re putting into our work, we’re not having the impacts we hoped for. We fear that we’re unintentionally reinforcing the injustices we say we’re fighting.

 

The thing is, you’re not wrong. Systems of oppression corrupt even the best of intentions, and we end up with painful, negative impacts we didn’t expect -- continued or greater injustice, soured relationships, anger and frustration and burnout. One of the first steps is to become aware of the ways that this happens, the ways that white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and other systems of oppression operate invisibly to distort your efforts.

 

When you’re able to see the full context, suddenly you have more options or decision points than you did before. With this broader frame, you can choose different ways of operating that bring your impact into greater alignment with your intention.

Client Reflection:

Mikayla is who I go to when I need support tying my values with my actions. Without their invaluable consulting and advice, I would be less thoughtful, less deliberate, and less radical in my work. I would also be a lot less confident.

— D, foundation executive director

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Finding a different path

To oppose something is to maintain it. They say here 'all roads lead to Mishnory.' To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and walk away from it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk in a different road.

- Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

So how do you start living in line with your values, practicing for the future you want to live in, aligning your everyday ways of being and doing with your long-term vision for peace and justice?

It starts with seeing how systems of oppression operate in our lives and work, getting familiar with what “the water” looks, feels, smells, sounds like. In our work together, my clients expand their frames, and are able to more readily see the broader context informing their actions, so they may choose different ways of being. I think of our sessions as a generous mirror, one that offers a lot of compassion, and also shows us the layers underlying our immediate or surface-level thoughts, words, and actions.

 

With that uncovered/recovered understanding -- whether it’s intellectual, emotional, instinctual, or other ways of knowing -- my clients are better equipped to identify and choose pathways that are more in line with their intentions.

Client Reflection:

I always feel lighter, clearer after our conversations. I glean new levels of understanding each time and appreciate how they build on each other.

— F, nonprofit founder & executive director

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My clients are dedicated and passionate and justice, peace, and equity. They recognize that white supremacy and other systems of domination and oppression are the water we swim in, that the scale of the problem is large and the mechanisms of it are often hard to see. They’re eager for support in seeing the water, and in developing practices and resources that help them live more in line with their values.

My sliding scale is wide ($0-200 per session) based on the client's resources and needs.

If what I’ve shared here resonates with you, I’d love to schedule an initial (free) session.

A loved one took this photo of me just after my last day at my government job, where I felt deeply out of line with my values, stuck in complicity with forces of white supremacy, and exhausted.