For over twenty years, CoG has been facilitating educational experiences, workshops, classes, etc and creating Mutual Aid Community Infrastructures.

In 2011, smitty wrote their thesis on the theory of Radical Care which developed into RAD Care, Radical, Accessible, Decolonizing Care to ensure the centering of people with disabilities and Native/First Nations Heritage. The first workshop was at the 2012 Allied Media Conference. It has stayed a theory until recently when Conspiracy of Geniuses start working on developing an app to make this framework available to a wider audience. 

Rad Care is short for Radical, Accessible, and Decolonizing Community Care. It is a fluid theory about how to address systematic problems and create resiliency through Embodied Meta Praxis. Embodied Meta Praxis is a community-based participatory research methodology that is rooted in an advisory board of spokespeople for the communities that have a vested interest in the research. Like a traditional IRB, the spokescouncil would insure research integrity but would be reviewed by individuals from impacted communities instead of detached academics.

This is a lot of academic speak for saying that RAD Care empowers individuals from its constituency to enact or embody change; to become change agents. Radical means roots. Rad(ical) care incorporates many methodologies to assist individuals through this process. RAD Care will increase participants’ toolboxes for working within our communities and with individuals with multiple marginalizations some of which may not intersect with ours. This toolbox has three components: equity, flawed thinking, and application.

TACT is the foundation for Rad Care. TACT stands for Timing, Accountability, Consent (autonomy) & Transparency. Some other methods covered will be trauma-informed care, holding space, transparency, authenticity, vulnerability, embracing discomfort, grounding/ refraining from emotional reactions, unconditional positive regard, red & green flags, butterflies and spoons, risk assessment, and safety planning. We will also address microaggressions, neutrality as a myth, and allyship as a verb, not a noun.