PuSh Organizational Review

Recent updates:
PuSh Membership Elects New Board
Community Conversation Report

In the spirit of transparency, we have created this forum to share information and updates, documenting the organizational review currently underway and the Advisory Group activity. We also hope to hear from you. Please provide feedback, ask questions, or leave comments, using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Activity & Progress

A complete list of activity and progress can be found below. Simply click on the title you would like to review to learn more.

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Having completed the first phase of our Organizational Review, two of the Advisory Group members are stepping down.  We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Advisory Group Member Maiko Yamamoto and Organizational Review Facilitator Nicki Kahnamoui for their insights, their guidance, and their generosity in leading and supporting this first phase of the process.  We are in the process of working with the Board of Directors and the remaining Advisory Group members to recruit additional advisors and facilitators to lead the next phase of the review process.

As many of you are aware, in June 2020, our board and management undertook significant organizational restructuring, which resulted in hard-hitting questions being asked by the community. As a result, we formed an Advisory Group and started an Organizational Review. We continue to be committed to the JEDI framework developed and reported in the review Summary Report. This work has been ongoing and although some of the actions we want to take have not moved forward swiftly, we are pleased to share some recent updates.

Read about all changes here.

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Please note, this is a working section and will continue to be updated.

Organizational Review Guidelines & Outcomes

What are we hoping to achieve through the Organizational Review process:

  • To rebuild PuSh with a just and equitable creative structure for governance, leadership, and programming.
  • To restore PuSh as an organization & festival respected amongst our colleagues, where volunteers, staff, and board feel proud and energized about their work, and artists feel cared for and valued.
  • To ensure PuSh has a well-articulated vision to support its redevelopment.

The guiding principles for the Organizational Review:

  • We are doing this work in the interest of PuSh’s mandate.
  • We will design a transparent process that is responsive and iterative with clear delineation of responsibility and accountability.
  • We will consult, seek input, and authentically engage with one another and our many communities, compassionately, and in good faith. We will listen and do our best to heal our relationships. We want to move forward in a good way.
  • “We will do the best we can until we know better. Then when we know better, we will do better” — Maya Angelou
  • We will continue to respect and maintain the privacy of current and former staff/board members as well as other participants.
  • We will question everything: our assumptions, structures, processes, policies, and the distribution of power within the organization and will take an equity-focused view in rebuilding the organization.

We recognize that:

  • PuSh has budgetary constraints and will work within those.
  • The constraints of operating as a non-profit within current funding and legal structures – we will push to the edges of those constraints.
  • We are doing this work during a pandemic.
  • We are in relationship with many communities.

Your Feedback

We would like to hear from you. Please provide feedback, ask questions, or leave comments, using this contact form, or email us at advisory@pushfestival.ca.

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