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Equity

Social Equity is a nebulous term that can be tricky to understand, let alone act on. I like the definition that it’s comprised of 3 things: fair access to livelihood, education, and resources; full participation in the political and cultural life of the Community; and selfdetermination in meeting Fundamental Needs. Translated: I can get at things that will help me, my voice is welcome as we craft our way to the next thing as a group, and I get to make choices that are right for me to grow and thrive.

As I mention in a recent talk I gave in PechaKucha style format, communities, however we define them, can begin to ask the question: “who is not thriving the way things are now? Whose life is getting better because we are doing what we are doing?”

And, because I can’t resist it, I want to know “who profits by the status quo, the way things are now?” As you may imagine, this can piss people off. I don’t usually start with this one.

I love to midwife change. For me, it feels like composting: when you take what is no longer working and churn it into something that begins to reintroduce nutrients to a higher and better use. It’s hard digging, for sure, and death and decay is absolutely a part of what gets transmuted. Warning: if you shy away from stinky, sticky, and sometimes sad parts, bring a lavender scented hankie. As I understand change theory and process of innovations, I have held on to this set of statements from my learning, and I find them comforting:

Change is possible.

Change is a process, not an event.

All change is self-change.

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