I believe in the power of love to create justice and the power of story to make new worlds possible. I imagine radical alternatives to our existing reality not as an escape but as a strategy. I dream of a world where liberation is practiced all the time (not imagined as “over there” or “in the future”). My work in building that world is to support transformation at all scales.

Lawrence Barriner II
Photo by Peter Forbes.

At the scale of the individual, I support transformation through 1on1 coaching and storytelling. At the scale of organizations, I facilitate organizational development as a means to support groups of people to move through or transform in relationship to barriers. My organizational work most often intervenes at the intersection of white supremacy and toxic patriarchy and frequently involves communications and narrative strategy. At the network scale, I support ecosystem transformation by working with people to think like a network and then act accordingly.

I have a Master of City Planning and Bachelor of Science in Planning, both from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. My research while at MIT primarily focused on food systems and food justice/sovereignty. Teaching (and doing) photography scratched my creative itches.

If you’re interested to know more, you can read my blog, sign up for my newsletter, check out my “cv”, read what I’m up to right now, see my vision and values, peruse my book highlights, or meet some of my collaborators.

I currently call occupied Massachusett and Pawtucket lands home (known colonially as Cambridge, Massachusetts). In 2022 (and every year in the future), I am committing 1% of my revenue to local indigenous-led organizations or organizing through an honor tax as a step towards contributing to a reparative culture.