The word Ujima ("oo-JEE-mah") is a Ki ("kee") Swahili* word that means "Collective Work and Responsibility": To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together". Ujima is exactly what this project...this movement... is all about.
*Swahili (Kiswahili among its speakers) is a Bantu language spoken in East and Central Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Burundi, Somalia, and the Comoro Islands
Collective work and responsibility
Try it The Ujima Way!
Going from Deliberating to Action to Assessing Progress
Sharing the Discussion Circle Process:
We would be happy to share the discussion process and structured way of going from talk to action with the many groups and organizations that serve our community (churches, neighborhood block clubs, PTAs, sororities/fraternities, business associations, etc.).
Upon request, Project Ujima can provide trained moderators to:
1) Demonstrate the discussion circle (deliberative dialogue) process using a pre-framed discussion (please see sample list of National Issues
Forum Guides, at the bottom of this page), and/or
2) Provide the following moderator services:
Meet with you to learn about the issue or concern your organization, association or group would like to work through.
Create a framework for a two-part Discussion Circle.
Moderate the two part discussion circle.
Provide typed up meeting notes between discussion circles.
Offer an implementation template to use to define next steps, assignments and time-frames to implement that/those action step(s) your group reached common ground on at the end of the discussion circle process.
Hold a JOP (Judging Our Progress) Circle after an agreed upon time, to
assess the progress made on implementing the action(s) step(s).
We offer two-day Moderator Training workshops each year, once in the Fall and again in the Spring, where you can learn the basic skills of moderating a structured deliberative discussion circle.
The Fall workshop is offered on the last Saturday of September and the first Saturday of October. The Spring workshop is offered on the last Saturday of February and the first Saturday of March. The workshop day runs from 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It is free of charge and a certificate of training is awarded upon completion of the two-day workshop.
Once completing the workshop, we offer opportunities to “moderators-in-training” to participate in reflection and refresher sessions!
National Issues Forum
Issue Guides http://www.nifi.org/
America's Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?
Bullying: How Do We Prevent It?
Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat
Looking for Answers Together: How Should We Nurture Children to Be Healthy and Make Better Choices?
Success in School, Ready for Life: How Can We Help More Students Graduate from High School?
Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future?
Preparing Today's Kids for Tomorrow's Jobs: What Should Our Community Do?
Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow?Type your paragraph here.