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I am passionate about:
neighborkids, neighborhoods and resident-led community change
A little known fact about me is:
I applied to be an astronaut!
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Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
Infant & Child Psychologist
"Everybody needs somebody who is crazy about them. (Thank you Bronfenbrenner!)"
I am a licensed clinical child psychologist with a specialization in infant mental health and a background in complex systems thinking. I have directed clinical training programs and provided consultation to communities across the country seeking to develop Systems of Care for Children’s Mental Health. I served as Principal Investigator of a cross-sector collaborative to develop complexity-informed resources for community sustainability. Together with fellow neighbors, I established place-based efforts in Central-Cocoanut and Lake Maggiore Shores, coming together around babies and kids.
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. (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/ideas/neighborkid-changemakers) 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. (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/ideas/neighborkid-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.
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!