Our Framework for Building Liberatory Communities of Practice

At Courage of Care, we focus on building compassion-based, counter-oppressive, healing-centered, transformational, and visionary practice communities — together — rather than trying to do it alone or in the silos of our individual movements and organizations. We understand how important it is to cultivate and tend to the connective tissue that holds us all together in this inextricable web of mutuality. To do that, we offer a relational model for building cultures and communities of liberatory practice. The  model, called CourageRISE, leverages somatic, trauma-informed, relational and restorative practices to help us heal and shift toward a more just, generative, and life-affirming way of being. 

Our Theory of Change

Our theory of change encompasses a rebirth of the self in community. It begins when we heed the yearning for authentic connection, it requires us to cultivate the capacity to see and name the shadows that have shaped us and our decisions, it is sustained when we reawaken our ancestral capacity to heal what has been harmed, it is manifest-able when we lean into the awareness that alternative realities abound, and it will be our shared reality when we collectively act as if we have nothing to lose but our chains.

Visions of Change Unfolding

Balance is Restored

Human societies strive to live in harmony with the earth. Life in all its forms is nurtured and revered. All life is nourished by the ways in which we organize our communities, resources, and opportunities.

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Laws Protect Life Over Profit

Excess production comes to a halt. Opportunities for rest and connection abound. Governing bodies and policy-makers work from the premise that earth and all its life forms are sacred, that all our fates are interconnected and ultimately worthy of protection and care.

Justice Reigns

Governing bodies are composed of those that have been disproportionately harmed by earlier mistakes of governing bodies. Decisions are made in the interest of all (including all flora and fauna) rather than on behalf of the few. New ways of sharing resources and space reflect the values of consent, mutual benefit, and a commitment towards restorative reparations of past harms. Punishment and incarceration in all their forms are abolished, and rehabilitation and healing-focused responses to harm take their place.

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Institutions Support Beloved Community

People have the resources they need to focus on healing, as well as innovation and creativity. Institutions are made of policies, procedures and flows of resources designed to nourish new life. Resources are reinvested into the regeneration of communities that center compassionate and collective values. 

Beloved Community Thrives

Held firmly in the web of belonging and a vibrant sense of community rooted in radical candor, people hold themselves accountable. Community members act on their values and apply their gifts to healing themselves, as well as the systems in which they live, in service of collective liberation.

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Belonging is the New Normal

A pervasive sense of belonging runs through our communities and our world. Cultural stories affirm the interconnected nature of all life. More and more people are able to show each other unconditional positive regard.