SiX Core Values
Equitable Access to Opportunites
Honoring Truth, History, and Cultural Memory
Accountability to Impact over Intent
Respect for the Natural World
Grace for Humankind
Strategize 619 is on a mission to develop and amplify the culture of oppressed and marginalized communities to define, advocate, and codify systemic shifts towards their economic freedom.
Nine word Doctrine :
How We Work is As Important as the work.
Strategize/619 is a Black woman-led, anti-racist organization that develops and supports cultural projects and programs that radically center Technological, Economic, Arts and Cultural development to support marginalized communities considering their collective Historical memory (TEACH), while encouraging equitable access to opportunities.
TEACH Methodology by definition:
Technology: the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment.
Tech Justice- assuring that people have access to the means that ease their relationship with life, society and the environment
Economic Justice- assuring that the things of value that are developed by marginalized people maintain their value and are leveraged in their favor.
Arts: outputs of creation through emotional expression; can be technologies and/or economies.
Culture: The practices and adaptions of a group of people that make them unique; can be technologies and/or economies.
Historical memory: Understanding the past and present lived experiences of a group of people and their ancestors.
Strategize/619 believes that each one should TEACH one. You will find this method embedded in our programs and services.
About OUr FOunder
Lauren Elysse Fitzgerald is a cultural organizational strategist, performing artist and, poet. This organization was founded after years of working in not-for-profit, for-profit and government arts institutions. She realized through the almost 15 years of her experience, although marginalized communities have an immense wealth of culture and creativity, the transition of culture to economic prosperity was seldom for these communities, and often appropriated to build the dominant culture's wealth. Transversely institutions of power, particularly cultural institutions need these very communities to validate their roles as culture bearers. But rather than making space for accountable inclusion, it's often cheaper, quicker, or institutionally more convenient to appropriate and further oppress these communities. Thusly she decided to create a cooperative platform, that allows for the authentic voice of communities to be celebrated fused with strategic planning to make sure these very communities benefit from their cultural brilliance , while also partnering with institutions who just want to flat out, do better, strategically do just that.