Hi Ashley, one of the major outcomes from IZI is the building of social capital between networks of resource holders and underserved members of the community. Through the building of these relationships, our work promotes community prosperity by bridging these gaps.
I'm also passing along the response from my team member Elexis. - Lars
"Thanks, Ashley! One of the more exciting outcomes of this process has been the interest community members demonstrate in planning for holistic, collective resilience by considering the non-human animals with whom we share space and the ecology of our lived environments as an integral, fundamental part of our community.
Now, we work to incorporate this broader, more explicitly environmentally-conscious conception of collective resiliency planning in our community conversations and planning sessions. In order to live peacefully together, we must learn to collaborate in responsible and responsive relationships — not just with one another, but also with the natural world and its resources. In the end, this better management of relationships and resources helps us all prosper (the magic of efficiency), and do it together."
— Elexis Trinity, Director of Research at Marnita's Table
One of the the touchpoints of IZI is mixing the comfortable with the uncomfortable. We use food and fun activities to help people become comfortable in a social spaces and connect with people across differences. IZI disengages our natural flight or fight response to new people, cultures, ideas, and enhances our ability to connect with those people across difference.
Thank you so much for your comment Claire. We've found that effective grassroots action and movements require a strategy in place to acknowledge and address historical and primary trauma that exists in our communities. It's something that takes time, but when done right has transformational effects on whole communities.