Why HOW? Why now?

The nonprofit sector is at a breaking point. This was true even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In Philadelphia and other cities, we experience persistent worker 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 by organizational structures, staff, and interpersonal interactions. Using thoughtful and creative processes to aid communication, empathy, and efficiency, HOW works to support and mend our organizations from the inside, one relationship at a time, to improve the necessary and quality services that our communities deserve.

At HOW, we know that the ends do not always justify the means. We believe that partnerships and process matter as we work to build the world that we envision. We understand the importance of healthy, long-term relationships and connections for healing and bettering our work. Through work with HOW, individuals will 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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