In order to create equitable access to wellbeing, we must not only recognize those harms, but also nurture opportunities for healing and regeneration.
Gary Anderson, FFI Senior Fellow and founder of Plowshares Theatre Company, describes how implementing Wellbeing Design Principle 3 can bring about equitable access to wellbeing for communities that have been harmed.
FRESH New London organizes residents to create community ownership and decision-making power in their access to food. Through community gardens and urban farms, seasonal youth programs, mutual aid pantries and skill sharing events, FRESH New London is building momentum toward a city where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing.
Through movement building and community centering work, FRESH New London focuses on shifting harmful patterns of the past, fully embodying Wellbeing Design Principle 3. Food access, land control, housing and education are all impacted by racism embedded in our systems to this day. By lifting up Indigenous and other Black and Brown cultural food practices, they break down barriers to culturally relevant access to food and expand awareness of restorative and sustainable values. Learn more about their vision and work.
The assumptions that we make about someone’s actions and behaviors often don’t accurately represent the underlying reasons for that behavior or action. By shifting what we think, say and ask, we can uncover what really matters and is most important.
Learn from leaders who are advancing new narratives about violence for a conversation on how the stories we tell can lead to accountability, healing and prevention. People with lived expertise share the impact of public safety reporting on narratives and call for shifting power from media and institutions to survivors and impacted communities.
Learn about how the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reopened the Scottsboro Boys Museum in Alabama, acknowledging and taking accountability for the harms caused by racism and the justice system.
These guiding questions are meant to help you apply the wellbeing design principles to your work to create lasting and equitable change. The questions are also good starting places for conversations with colleagues about how your work aligns, or could align more, with the principle.
Start by asking, do we: