Linda Brandt

is creating cooperation and bridging as a renegade community builder

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Access to a patron-only feed here on Patreon, a LinkedIn group for official backers, and an invitation to join the private Facebook group where I post weekly updates and regular video broadcasts. .

This group provides encouragement, perspective, inspiration and community as we all act more boldly. This group is sure to inspire and enrich you.

I'll also dedicate 100 push-ups to you and follow you on social media.

At $2 a month/$24 a year, you will cover the cost of gifting Wonder Woman stamps (or something similar) to two inclusive leaders to show them they are wanted.

Thank you for your support.
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I will dedicate either 100 push-ups or 30 pull-ups to you each month. You will join a list of others who I greatly admire.

You will also have access to a patron-only feed here on Patreon,  a LinkedIn group for official backers, be invited to a private Facebook group, and gain another follower on social media.

At $5 a month/$60 a year, you will cover the cost of printer toner or a similar making-things-happen expense.

Thank you for your support.
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What bridging topic would you like me to record a short video about? Each year I will make a video on a topic that you select.

You'll also have access to a patron-only feed here on Patreon, a LinkedIn group for official backers, be invited to a private Facebook group, and gain a follower on social media. I will dedicate 100 push-ups to you.

At $10 a month/$120 a year, you will cover the cost of my attending and building bridges at a local conference.

Thank you very much for your support.




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Thanks to a supporter suggestion, I've moved this information here: You can also give a one-time donation via venmopaypal or send me a check (2940 43rd Ave. S., Mpls, MN 55406 USA).

Why promote bridging?
As a Lean In regional leader for seven years, I get excited when I see leaders and organizations joining forces to cooperate. I also seen many mission-aligned leaders and groups doing nearly identical work separately. Bridging addresses that problem.

What does bridging look like in practice? Bridging attracts and retains a wider range of leaders in mainstream organizations such as Lean In, health promotion, and feminism. Bridging provides support for people who don’t currently fit in or feel comfortable in these organizations. The long-term goal is to change organizations so they are more welcoming, inclusive, and multicultural.

Who does bridging help?
 Bridging helps people who want changing-making organizations to be more inclusive. These are people who see the benefits of diverse backgrounds and know that bridging improves organizational decisions and outcomes.

Who does bridging seek to change? Many mainstream organizations function like exclusive clubs and, thus, are okay with a high barrier to entry. This worldview sees the world as a meritocracy, rather than an uneven societal playing field. This worldview values convenience rather than spending time to build collaborative relationships across difference. From this worldview, competition is seen as a route to excellence and sees attempts at inclusion as potentially lowering standards. I want to transform this common worldview.

What does bridging looks like when it works? In her book Join the Club, Tina Rosenberg describes how the Emerging Scholars program uses Calculus Clubs to help minority students (particularly African-Americans and Latinos) succeed in college calculus. Rosenberg calls this the “social cure.” The bridging work this Patreon supports attempts to bring that same social cure to mainstream organizations so there are fewer isolated leaders doing good work. Bridging aims to cultivate well-supported, resilient leaders taking collective action.

Why me or what are my qualifications?
Check me out. Or browse testimonials about my bridge building track record.

Why Patreon?
After five years as a volunteer, I'd like your ongoing support and backing so this bridge building work is stronger. Specifically, your backing allows me to increase my skills, cover the cost of bridge building, and lead more effectively. Questions about Patreon? See the FAQs.

Want more details on what I'm doing and why I need your financial support? See this Minnesota Women's Press article, The How of Bridging and my Bridging Manifesto

Curious why others are supporting bridging? See the top three reasons here.

What will you gain if you contribute?
As a backer, YOU will receive the following  BIGa benefits.

  •    B   eBelonging - By backing me, you become part of an awesome bridging team. Meet current team members via my "Builders of Bridging" posts and groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.
  •    I   Inspiration - When you support bridging, it's likely to inspire you to pursue your dreams and strengthen your own network.
  •    G   GGratitude - Your support is a BIG deal to me. I am grateful to have a team to hold me accountable to act and think in bigger ways. To show that gratitude, there are specific rewards based on a backer's level of giving. There are also rewards that go to everyone on the bridging team like a list of favorite resources, a team directory, pathways to bridging (tools and spaces), weekly updates, and more.

 I am deeply grateful to the amazing community who support me to dream and lead in bigger ways.

Project details:
I am building bridges and bigger tables.

The Lean In movement emboldens women to pursue their ambitions and to “sit at the table” where decisions are made. My vision includes a wider range of leaders at decision-making tables and bigger tables through more inclusive leadershipResearch shows that organizations benefit from more diverse voices and a wider range of thinking and leadership styles. We need to remove the barrier for leaders, like myself, who’ve previously never dreamed of sitting at decision-making tables.

I started building bridges and bigger tables when I founded the Midwest Feminist Brain Trust with two other local activists. Similarly, I've created more places for Lean In leaders and health promoters to connect and share with one another. 

With your support, I will be better equipped to accomplish my top three goals:

1. Bridge divisions. Myself and other volunteer bridgers create collaborative spaces online and in-person to foster meaningful cooperation between leaders and groups.

2. Leverage collective wisdom, resources, and networks. I envision Lean In leaders, health promoters, and feminists as families whose members support one another. Activities include peer mentoring, shared databases, sharing live broadcasts, and in-person gatherings such as regional conferences.

3. Share collaboration best practices. This work is creating scalable hubs for leaders which then serve as models for other groups creating inclusive networks.

Ready to become a Builder of Bridging?  
An ongoing pledge of any amount will make a BIG difference. Artist Amanda Palmer says that if contributing to a kickstarter campaign is like going on a serious date, Patreon is like getting married. Thus, I'm metaphorically asking you to marry me and you will always have the option of ending your monthly contribution with no hard feelings and only gratitude.

If 1,500 people give $2 a month ($24 a year) or 600 people give $5 a month ($60 a year), I will have the support to effectively and sustainably build bridges part-time. You can think of your contribution like leaving me a monthly tip for moving the world toward more cooperation. 

You can also give a one-time donation via venmopaypal or giving me cash or a check. Questions? See the FAQs.

Please note, the Midwest Feminist Brain Trust and Lean In are part of my bridging work, but the funding is of me personally rather than the Brain Trust or Lean In.

Limited financial resources? This bridge building project is about accessibility. Due to the generosity of current backers, you can join the team for one year at no charge just by asking

Got a friend who might want to support bridge building?
Please tell a friend about this initiative, share it on social media, or sent me feedback

With passion, vulnerability and commitment (also known as love),
$463 of $3,000 per month
Over the last two decades I've been leading around equity. But over the last six years, I have focused on creating more cooperation and bridging. I have learned a lot already. Now I'd like to enhance these efforts through further training and your support.

This is the level where I can increase my skills and knowledge base to be a more effective bridge builder. By investing in me, you will assist me to build the bridges needed to increase collaboration and bridging. Growing new leaders and relationships will powerfully change the world.

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who's been cheering me on to be the best bridge builder that I can be. 

Hooray! We're 16% there already on Patreon and 20% overall with one-time donations!
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