The drive for wellbeing is universal, access isn’t.
The racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression baked into the fabric of our country mean that our society is set up to provide access to wellbeing for some, and undermine it for others.
It’s not a hierarchy.
One domain isn’t more important than the others, and they’re interconnected. We don’t fill our needs in any order. In fact, we’re hardwired for balance among these five domains. Building assets in one domain sometimes means giving up something we value in another. Whenever we make a decision or a change, we’re balancing tradeoffs and asking ourselves, “Is it worth it to me?”
Systems and services often force decisions that create havoc in people’s lives and undermine lasting change.
People are the solution; systems are the problem.
To create durable change, all our communities — not just some — and all our systems must be structured to align with, tap into and amplify the human drive for wellbeing. Driving structural change will move us toward a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing. And for our structures to change, we need to change the narrative in our country.