The GRIND System is created by Black Women. The GRIND System is organized into themes synthesized from the lessons we learned as Black Women and from Black Women.
In our early notebooks we kept lists of every little thing we were thankful for because we knew it grounded us. We also kept countless notes to and about our familial ancestors that provided wisdom and guidance. We reflected on how the organizing work conducted by Black women helped us shape how we understood the world and how we could use our work to continue the struggle.
We spent so much time talking with friends and mentors to help us understand who we were and where we could fit in a larger tapestry of social justice work. We knew that our most powerful motivations directly connected to intersectional facets of our identities and experiences. We also learned the absolute necessity of celebrating every win, especially a win in the face of overwhelming odds and an uncertain future. Honestly, it was in the moments of whimsy and relaxation we found love for ourselves and strength to work towards our mission.
Over years we realized that in order to challenge complex systems of injustice it is imperative to be intentional with our strategies and directed energies. We also learned that the best growth came from solid routines that emphasized self care, accountability, and feedback. Intentional self care meant responding to our physical and spiritual needs. Intentional accountability meant forming a partnership with at least one other individual to monitor and support progress on our goals. Intentional feedback meant seeking out people willing to critique and build our work to greater authenticity and influence. Intentionally project planning meant a steady progression through a plan while staying connected to our core objectives.
As many of you may have experienced, we also encountered many co-conspirators (often other Black women) along the way who pushed us forward with recommendations and sharing resources. We have collections of business cards and scribbled emails in the corners of our notebooks but we always wanted a better way to organize to get the maximum benefit from our connections.
As Black women we often thought in terms of the African Diaspora or Caribbean Diaspora because we have strong connections with these communities. A diaspora can be any group of people who, outside of their homeland, have endeavored to create home wherever they find themselves.