Linda Brandt is creating cooperation and bridging rooted in generosity
80

patrons

$549
per month
Why promote cooperation and bridging?
As a Lean In regional leader for the past five years, I get excited when I see leaders and organizations cooperate and, thereby, exceed their individual potentials. I’ve also seen too many mission-aligned leaders and groups doing nearly identical work separately out of fear. As a bridge builder, I act as a catalyst for cooperation and generosity.

What’s bridging for: Bridging is for attracting and retaining a diverse range of underrepresented (and awesome) leaders in mainstream organizations and movements such as Lean In, health promotion, and feminism. The bridging projects aims to provide the needed sustainable support system for the people who don’t fit in or feel comfortable in the existing cultures. Over the long-term, the goal is to change organizations and movements that want change so they are more welcoming, inclusive, and multicultural.

Who’s bridging for:
Bridging is for the people who want changing-making organizations and movements to be more inclusive. These are people who value diverse backgrounds and understand that bridging increases the quality of organizational decisions and outcomes.

Who bridging is trying to change: Many mainstream organizations and movements function like exclusive clubs and, thus, are okay with a high barrier to entry. The worldview is that we are living in a meritocracy, rather than competing on an uneven societal playing field. This worldview values convenience and does not sufficiently invest the time needed to build collaborative relationships across difference. This worldview values competition as a route to excellence and sees attempts at inclusion as potentially resulting in lower standards. I want to transform this mainstream worldview.

What bridging looks like when it works: In the book Join the Club, Tina Rosenberg gives the example of how an Emerging Scholars program with Calculus Clubs were used to help minority students (particularly African-Americans and Latinos) succeed in college calculus. This project utilizes what Rosenberg calls the “social cure.” The bridging project is an attempt to bring the social cure to mainstream change-making organizations and movements so there are fewer isolated, uninspired leaders doing good work. Instead bridging aims to cultivate well-supported, resilient leaders taking collective action in the context of cooperative and generous organizations and movements.

Why me?
I connect underrepresented leaders to act powerfully together and more fully contribute to mainstream organizations and movements. 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 and lead more effectively. Questions about Patreon? See the FAQs.

Want more details on what I'm doing and why I need financial support? See this Minnesota Women's Press article, The How of Bridging and my draft 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 three  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 - This is a wild experiment. 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 and bolder 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 are moderating collaborative spaces on social media and Slack to foster meaningful contact and cooperation between community 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 community 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 tip for moving the world toward more cooperation once a month. 

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),
Linda  
Tiers
$2 - #happytoshare - Sheryl Sandberg
$2 or more per month 19 patrons
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.
$5 - Strengthener - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
$5 or more per month 27 of 40 patrons
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.
$10 - Influencer - Oprah Winfrey
$10 or more per month 15 of 24 patrons
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.
$15 - Muse - Cheryl Strayed
$15 or more per month 5 of 24 patrons
What bridging topic would you like me to write a blog post about? Each year I will write a blog post on a topic that you select.

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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $15 a month/$180 a year, you will cover the cost of 1,200 business cards, my Zoom account, or a similar bridge building expense.

Thank you very much for your support.
$20 Sustainer - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
$20 or more per month 7 patrons
I will send you fan mail 3x a year to remind you how awesome you are for supporting this movement.

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, gain another follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $20 a month/$240 a year you will cover the cost of my plane ticket to consult with a U.S. group working to be more inclusive or the cost of my Next Big Idea Club subscription for one year.

Thank you very much for your support.
$50 - #notafraid - Malala Yousafzai
$50 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
Join me for breakfast either in-person or virtually as I introduce you to a feminist leader that I admire. Meet a new feminist leader each year.

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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $50 a month/$600 a year, you will cover the cost of my attending and building bridges at a national conference.

Thank you very much for your support.
$100 - Linchpin - Seth Godin
$100 or more per month 1 patron
First in line when I have extra time. Expect to hear from me when I have good and hard news. When you want to meet, I'll do my darndest to make it happen.


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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.


At $100 a month/$1,200 a year, you will cover the cost of my getting a respite (vacation) from the work or allowing myself or someone else to attend the Conference Extension in Palo Alto.


Thank you very much for your support. 

$500 - She persisted - Elizabeth Warren
$500 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
At this level, each year I will send you, or the person or group you designate, a care package of feminist gifts that I collect throughout the year.

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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $500 a month/$6,000 a year, you will cover the cost of myself and others taking Seth Godin's altMBA workshop or a similar educational investment.

Thank you very much for your support.
$1,000 - Unbought & unbossed - Shirley Chisholm
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
At this level, each year I will send you, or the person or group you designate, a super deluxe care package  of a collection of amazing feminist gifts that I collect throughout the year.

You will also have access to a patron-only feed here on Patreon, be invited to a private Facebook group, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $1,000 a month/$12,000 a year, you will cover the cost of all of the examples listed above and attending TEDWomen 2018 or a similar educational and bridge building opportunity.

Thank you very much for your support.
Goals
$549 of $3,000 per month
Over the last two decades I've been leading around equity. But over the last five 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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Why promote cooperation and bridging?
As a Lean In regional leader for the past five years, I get excited when I see leaders and organizations cooperate and, thereby, exceed their individual potentials. I’ve also seen too many mission-aligned leaders and groups doing nearly identical work separately out of fear. As a bridge builder, I act as a catalyst for cooperation and generosity.

What’s bridging for: Bridging is for attracting and retaining a diverse range of underrepresented (and awesome) leaders in mainstream organizations and movements such as Lean In, health promotion, and feminism. The bridging projects aims to provide the needed sustainable support system for the people who don’t fit in or feel comfortable in the existing cultures. Over the long-term, the goal is to change organizations and movements that want change so they are more welcoming, inclusive, and multicultural.

Who’s bridging for:
Bridging is for the people who want changing-making organizations and movements to be more inclusive. These are people who value diverse backgrounds and understand that bridging increases the quality of organizational decisions and outcomes.

Who bridging is trying to change: Many mainstream organizations and movements function like exclusive clubs and, thus, are okay with a high barrier to entry. The worldview is that we are living in a meritocracy, rather than competing on an uneven societal playing field. This worldview values convenience and does not sufficiently invest the time needed to build collaborative relationships across difference. This worldview values competition as a route to excellence and sees attempts at inclusion as potentially resulting in lower standards. I want to transform this mainstream worldview.

What bridging looks like when it works: In the book Join the Club, Tina Rosenberg gives the example of how an Emerging Scholars program with Calculus Clubs were used to help minority students (particularly African-Americans and Latinos) succeed in college calculus. This project utilizes what Rosenberg calls the “social cure.” The bridging project is an attempt to bring the social cure to mainstream change-making organizations and movements so there are fewer isolated, uninspired leaders doing good work. Instead bridging aims to cultivate well-supported, resilient leaders taking collective action in the context of cooperative and generous organizations and movements.

Why me?
I connect underrepresented leaders to act powerfully together and more fully contribute to mainstream organizations and movements. 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 and lead more effectively. Questions about Patreon? See the FAQs.

Want more details on what I'm doing and why I need financial support? See this Minnesota Women's Press article, The How of Bridging and my draft 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 three  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 - This is a wild experiment. 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 and bolder 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 are moderating collaborative spaces on social media and Slack to foster meaningful contact and cooperation between community 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 community 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 tip for moving the world toward more cooperation once a month. 

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),
Linda  

Recent posts by Linda Brandt

Tiers
$2 - #happytoshare - Sheryl Sandberg
$2 or more per month 19 patrons
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.
$5 - Strengthener - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
$5 or more per month 27 of 40 patrons
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.
$10 - Influencer - Oprah Winfrey
$10 or more per month 15 of 24 patrons
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.
$15 - Muse - Cheryl Strayed
$15 or more per month 5 of 24 patrons
What bridging topic would you like me to write a blog post about? Each year I will write a blog post on a topic that you select.

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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $15 a month/$180 a year, you will cover the cost of 1,200 business cards, my Zoom account, or a similar bridge building expense.

Thank you very much for your support.
$20 Sustainer - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
$20 or more per month 7 patrons
I will send you fan mail 3x a year to remind you how awesome you are for supporting this movement.

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, gain another follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $20 a month/$240 a year you will cover the cost of my plane ticket to consult with a U.S. group working to be more inclusive or the cost of my Next Big Idea Club subscription for one year.

Thank you very much for your support.
$50 - #notafraid - Malala Yousafzai
$50 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
Join me for breakfast either in-person or virtually as I introduce you to a feminist leader that I admire. Meet a new feminist leader each year.

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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $50 a month/$600 a year, you will cover the cost of my attending and building bridges at a national conference.

Thank you very much for your support.
$100 - Linchpin - Seth Godin
$100 or more per month 1 patron
First in line when I have extra time. Expect to hear from me when I have good and hard news. When you want to meet, I'll do my darndest to make it happen.


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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.


At $100 a month/$1,200 a year, you will cover the cost of my getting a respite (vacation) from the work or allowing myself or someone else to attend the Conference Extension in Palo Alto.


Thank you very much for your support. 

$500 - She persisted - Elizabeth Warren
$500 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
At this level, each year I will send you, or the person or group you designate, a care package of feminist gifts that I collect throughout the year.

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, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $500 a month/$6,000 a year, you will cover the cost of myself and others taking Seth Godin's altMBA workshop or a similar educational investment.

Thank you very much for your support.
$1,000 - Unbought & unbossed - Shirley Chisholm
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
At this level, each year I will send you, or the person or group you designate, a super deluxe care package  of a collection of amazing feminist gifts that I collect throughout the year.

You will also have access to a patron-only feed here on Patreon, be invited to a private Facebook group, gain a follower on social media, and have 100 push-ups dedicated to you.

At $1,000 a month/$12,000 a year, you will cover the cost of all of the examples listed above and attending TEDWomen 2018 or a similar educational and bridge building opportunity.

Thank you very much for your support.