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Allison commented on All Work and No Play Makes Them Incomplete.

We also find that coming together around babies is a great strategy for community building, strengthening social capital, promoting early childhood well-being and nurturing civic capacity - both within neighborhoods and the broader community. ( Your idea of connecting fashion designers and tailors with young children and families in your community - through the use of an available asset, in terms of textiles - is quite creative! It seems like it could be very consistent with Asset-Based Community Development.

Alanna, You say, "A new, ground-up strategy is needed: one where young people are trained and supported to make radical, lasting change in their communities." Yes! We are exploring this too, with a focus on "neighborkids" up to age 10 as the primary changemakers.
Your focus on dignity is powerful. Here, we find that people - both children and adults - often talk in terms of the importance of respect, and the problems that arise when people feel disrespected. "Respect" can be such a loaded term, though, in terms of power dynamics. "Dignity" seems to get at the same quality, but perhaps without all the problematic connotations.


Allison commented on Youth-Powered Peace in Somalia, 365 Days a Year

This could be akin to the Positive Deviance approach, which facilitates direct connections among and between local innovators, rather than the professionals or experts "harvesting" or "distilling" knowledge and wisdom and then taking it elsewhere. Vidhya Shanker shared a term she uses in describing the purpose and outcomes of their work through Ta-Valema Learning Lab - "epistemic justice" - this seems relevant here as well!