Why HOW? Why now?

At Healing Our Work, we know that the ends do not always justify the means. We believe that care and intention matter as we work to build the world that we envision. 

In many ways, the nonprofit sector is past its breaking point. This was true even before the COVID-19 pandemic and, now more than ever, those in caregiving and creative roles are experiencing persistent burnout, with organizations operating at unsustainable capacities, compounded by the trauma of a white supremacist, patriarchal, heteronormative, ableist, and capitalist system. Many groups charged with disrupting oppressive cycles, are struggling to bridge divides and accomplish goals. In fact, these same oppressive dynamics are often being perpetuated within organizational structures, staff, and interpersonal interactions. Using thoughtful and creative processes to aid communication, empathy, and efficiency, HOW works to support individuals and organizations to slow down and reimagine how we work in order to create a culture in alignment with the collective values and future we want to practice and build. 

More than anyone, the creative and social service communities have the tools and imagination to vision and pave a new way. Through work with HOW, individuals will have the time and support to build stronger personal and professional relationships, self knowledge, and resilience, and organizations will be more equitable, relational, and sustainable. Our clients will come away with skills to break down interpersonal and systemic barriers and cultivate spaces of joy, interdependence, and liberation. By taking time for healing and reconnecting with what matters, together we will envision and create a new way of being and working.

We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.

Audre Lorde

The depth of relationship between the individuals in the system determines the strength of the system.

adrienne maree brown

We have to re-imagine revolution- and this not only about the change in our institutions, but the changes in ourselves.

Grace Lee Boggs

Let’s build something together.

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