Push & Pull

How do we enable street-involved adults to see alternative futures? To be in a culture that reinforces a future narrative? And to have their aspirations met with real structural opportunities?  Over the past month, we’ve changed tacks. In January, we identified 5 sets of solutions. Then, we realized these solutions ran into the same systemic barriers, namely, the need for ongoing funding. So we pivoted away from making expensive flagship services.

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Instead, we are looking at how to enable street-involved folks, frontline workers, managers and policymakers to act with greater intentionality. This has led us to values and everyday practices – on how it is we clarify and bring to life beliefs. We’ve been struck by how little consensus there is about what constitutes a good outcome for street-involved folks. Is it harm reduction? Is it healing? Is it learning? Is it contribution? Is it…

In the absence of a frank exploration of values, practice loses potency. Our latest publication brings four values and corresponding practices to the surface. These are four of many different values to explore. We’re eager to spark a debate, and support a cohort of practitioners to flesh out these concepts in their own settings.

Is the document too large to print all at once? We’ve chunked the document according to the core vales or beliefs we explore. Download the individual values and their corresponding practices (click icons).

Intro 2          Healing          learning

Pragmatism         contribution

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