A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America
Across America and Beyond, our quest to thrive has grown more difficult as we struggle and suffer through spiraling crises. Generations before us have endured sweeping adversity and sometimes found the strength to make great strides toward well-being and justice.
This Springboard shows how the immense resilience in America’s communities can propel us to organize local and nationwide action around one unifying and measurable expectation: All people and places thriving. No exceptions.
Advancing a Thriving Movement
America’s movement for well-being and justice can never be codified in a single playbook. Yet, it can spring forward with great force and direction if we pursue our priorities, together, to make change happen where it counts.
How could this Springboard propel swift change for equitable recovery and resilience? How could it guide your own work? How can you join with others to advance an agenda that isn’t yours alone? And how can you create openings for others to bring their assets into this work?
When making choices or weighing trade-offs, these principles should be our guide:
Long, Thriving Lives
Fully value long thriving lives, in aspiration and in calculations. Balance attention to physical health and wealth with equal concern for other states of being (mental, emotional, social, spiritual). Always begin with those who are struggling and suffering.
Dignity & Justice
Fulfill America’s overdue promise of justice for people of color, Tribal Nations, people who experience gender inequality, and all others who endure unjust adversity; reject hierarchies of human value and tell a new story in which human differences are a strength, not a reason to destroy each other.
People & Place
Let local wisdom shape solutions that are fit for each place and its people; look for existing assets and enrich them; remove constraints that impose segregation; pay attention to the interdependence of all things within whole living systems.
See ourselves—and one another—as interdependent stewards of wellbeing for people and places; negotiate vested interests, but do not lead only on behalf of your own issue or organization; work across differences with curiosity, grace, and humility.
Past & Future Legacies
Look back and reckon with legacies that inflict harm; look ahead to sustain past achievements while solidifying new legacies that expand opportunities for well-being and justice.
The Springboard explores what it will take to emerge from the crises of 2020 with greater resilience, humanity, and direction
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How did this Springboard come together?
With more than 100 contributors, we assembled this Springboard from May–June.