We believe in the possibility of a more caring, just world. Courage launched in 2016 in order to provide a community and platform to help social service and caring professionals, activists, community leaders, parents and all others who care about our world deepen their profound capacity for compassion and creativity and also to learn ways of critically assessing, navigating and transforming complex systems within which they are embedded with a strong sense of purpose and agency. We see the integration of contemplative training, critical pedagogy and systems thinking as essential to our project of collective liberation.
We know that contemplative and spiritual development is central to helping us not only reconnect, but also to survive and flourish. We also feel strongly that transformative social justice requires more than just personal transformation. Our liberation is contingent upon our ability to understand structures and systems of oppression, domination, and inequity that inhibit our capacity to realize a more caring, just world. If our contemplative training is not coupled with a critical social and systemic analysis, we may not only fail to transform oppressive systems, but we may end up reproducing them.
We therefore developed a model that harnesses the tools of contemplative practice, organizing work, critical analysis and embodied wisdom.
This model is designed to help us learn to:
- LOVE in sustainable and compassionate ways;
- SEE that which inhibit our capacity to connect in just, equitable ways;
- HEAL from collective forms of trauma, oppression and separation;
- ENVISION more caring and meaningful communities and systems; and
- ACT to realize a better world.