The Gift Foundation’s approach to developing strategies brings together different frameworks built with community members. We connect knowledge with current events and examine the ways in which challenging topics in the community can be broken down with the community in context.
Addressing radical social and structural change through intentional literacy impacts how communities build resilience. The tools for healing are also cultivated overtime. When communities also learn about their personal and collective health during the process of advocating for their wellbeing, the rate of action increases. Resilience is healing in the process. Healthy communities build resilience in community.
At the center of mobilizing and organizing for social change through intentional literacy is the commitment to see the joy with others in the process. This includes seeing the processes of growth and transformation and finding meaning through learning with others. And living together the results of those actions establishes a sense of belonging. A sense of community in the production of knowledge in any movement drives members to thrive instead of survive.
How do we engage our own learning with the other communities with other communities? Communities are fluid and through collaboration we consider what liberation means for each community member. How they embody their practice of freedom in the space they occupy, and who serves as their frame of influence.
Creativity is a medium for knowledge, allowing the production of knowledge to become more fluid as it sparks further ideas. As an influential tool for the production of knowledge within communities, with intention, the ability to see the world creatively expands awareness, making connections between unlike things and producing something new. Collaborating is a form of bridging our ideas to impact the world in creative and greater ways.
Supporting community members building intentional strategies to facilitate learning that inspires community action, practice inclusion, and intentionally informs for the complete wellbeing of the community.
‘Advocacy’ means different things to different people. It can also look different in different spaces. It is about calling for change and guiding decision makers towards solutions. With the community in context driving the message and calling for change, decision makers can address the root causes of problems. Trusting that communities can generate sustainable solutions, practices to improve connecting information while navigating through possible answers is one way.