we are the change
The path to furthering more healthy, just, and equitable communities starts with each of us. It requires our ability to embrace and build the muscle for change.
The Change Council exists to encourage a broad cross-section of diverse community champions to align on a handful of breakthrough changes that get us unstuck from settling for incremental gains in community wellbeing.
community inequity persists
Despite efforts from tens of thousands of nonprofits, grassroots groups, community-centered businesses, powerful activists and artivists, laser-focused philanthropists, and committed municipal leaders…our communities are not shifting the pervasive trajectory of inequities within areas like housing, education, environment, development, healthcare, and safety.
A VARIETY OF REASONS CONTRIBUTE TO INEQUITIES INCLUDING:
Not naming the size and cost of the opportunity and problem.
Starting the right work underfunded and under-capacity.
Funding incremental gains and not breakthroughs.
Focusing more on what is versus what is possible.
Activating against the familiar versus needed.
Fear of losing power, position, and privilege.
THE CHANGE COUNCIL AIMS TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING:
TRUST EXISTING WISDOM
We believe the community already knows what it needs for wellbeing. We will prioritize collecting insights they already possess and from sources that already exist.
NARROW OUR FOCUS
From the insights that we gather from a broad and diverse group of community champions, we will establish a Change Agenda that is narrowly focused to help foster and maintain action
We will identify and promote a variety of ways for community champions to build the muscle for change. We will strive to attract investments that enable people to develop skills to change the status quo
We will highlight individual and collective stories of change that provide examples of how people, groups, and (or) organizations are seeding change that stands to drive breakthroughs.
Your insight is needed! The Change Council will release a survey by the middle of October 2023 to help shape a Change Agenda. Please complete this form here to receive the survey upon release.
SURVEY TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2023
The Change Council is an outgrowth of a call-to-action from the 2023 Southside Summit. It strives to maintain 7 to 12 members who identify in part as community champions. This group serves as the governing body of this work. Members are asked to serve two-year terms. If interested in learning more about serving on the Change Council, please send an email to email@example.com.