Vision and Approach

We believe... 

That culture shift is real and deep.

In people coming together to understand and transform their worlds.

That the tools we share enable communities to be self-sustaining and adaptable.

That slowness is a powerful and transformative tool in a fast-paced world.


That working across difference is always core to what we do and the way we train others.

That solidarity, fighting alongside one another, begins with deep recognition of another’s struggle;

and when people are truly recognized, they are able to fight for themselves and their communities.

That when we care for one another and are accountable to each other, 

we can take bigger risks and fight harder for the long haul.

That the results of our relational work unfold over time.

The STOKE Collective strives toward a culture of change-making that is grounded in what feeds us--relationships, support, joy, and opportunities for personal and collective growth. Our work is about training up and supporting our partner organizations to hold each other with dignity and respect, because we know we are more resilient and powerful when we show up for one another. No matter what we’re up against.


All of our communities, families, and hopes for the future depend on the success and sustainability of today’s movements, organizing groups, progressive programs, organizations, and social institutions. And the success of these depends on people.


To this end, STOKE builds sustained partnerships with people, programs, kitchen-table groups, organizations, coalitions, and even institutions that want to invest in this culture shift. We accompany you in your particular work to engage those most affected by injustice in becoming the core force for change. We help you develop the tools, skills, everyday practices, and events to build with your people and keep everyone in the work.