When making choices or weighing trade-offs, let these be our guiding principles:
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
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.