Values and Vision

Our first Values & Vision conversation in 2023 is around the book “The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance,” by Diane Rosenfeld

Changemakers Alliance (CALL), the action-oriented spinoff of Minnesota Women’s Press, began a statewide Values & Vision series of discussions in 2023. This new series brings rural, suburban, and urban people together in virtual conversations. With underwriting support, we hope to have in-person discussions around the state in the summer.

During each discussion, a moderator leads participants to explore questions prompted by book excerpts, video clips, news items, and other thought-provoking content. As the network grows, conversations will focus on how to create a more inclusive, connected, and safe Minnesota.

In essence, Values & Vision is a kind of salon — a hybrid of book discussion, related to current events and issues — that takes the extra step of leading to solutions, solidarity, and action.

Our first Values & Vision conversation was around the book “The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance,” by Diane Rosenfeld, a legal expert who created the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School. In her book, Rosenfeld uses the term “patriarchal violence” to identify the male coercion that is used in order to perpetuate a male-dominated social order. We rely on a largely male-led legal system that has proven inadequate around protecting women and children from aggressors.

We talked to Rosenfeld about the concepts she is developing with Bonobo Sisterhood Alliance partner Cindy Kahn to revolutionize the ways we respond to gender-based violence. Our first discussion with Values & Vision participants was an introduction to those concepts.

Details about The Bonobo Sisterhood” — Part 1, January 5, 7pm

Part 2, February 23, time to be determined

Future thought-provoking discussions in the Values & Vision series

Some book excerpts that might lend themselves to future discussions.

Our January and February discussions are free to the public; after that, a membership fee is required so that community-based moderators can be paid and post-event stories and video clips can be generated. No recorded material is used without permission.