Alignment & Flow for Community Capacity to Drive Climate Solutions (Currents) is the next phase design and pilot process born out of the Synergizing Process Innovation for Climate Equity (SPICE) project. It continues to bring together national thought leaders and facilitators working to improve government and community collaboration in service to authentic partnership and power shifting for better governance. Climate Innovation has partnered with Kapwa Consulting to lead the start of this collaboration with Facilitating Power, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Race Forward, and NRDC’s SPARCC. Leveraging the expertise of this braintrust and all of SPICE’s lessons, tools, and resources, this process has served as the first iteration design phase.
The team worked to address two core design challenges: (1) how to create more effective, equitable relationships between frontline communities and local governments for acceleration of climate justice solutions; and (2) how to strengthen networks connecting frontline change-makers and governments, philanthropies and other institutions, and provide training, alignment, and sharing of best practices.
Currents is centered around three key power shifts. These elements inform Currents’s partners as they work on solutions in this space between government and impacted communities:
Aligning movement partners to build shared strategies to support frontline communities