The Wellbeing Blueprint is a roadmap for systemic transformation and a community of action. We are people, communities, organizations and agencies who share a commitment to:

  • Everyone in the United States having a fair shot at wellbeing.
  • The six core principles of the Wellbeing Blueprint.
  • Recognizing that we can work for change even if we don’t agree on everything.
  • Taking action, centering on community.
  • Using our power and influence — within public agencies we lead, communities we live in and champion, networks we support — to make structural changes.
  • Working across boundaries and sectors.
  • Honoring the generations of innovation, advocacy, resistance and struggle that this work builds on and contributes to.
  • Staying in the long journey to social justice; facing the racism in ourselves and that our systems perpetuate and are rooted in.
  • Learning, growing, changing and challenging each other to keep stretching.

We’ve been working for change in our communities and in our workplaces — government, nonprofits, faith communities, business and more — for a long time. In this moment in the United States, we see a particular responsibility and opportunity for true transformation if we act together, across the boundaries of field and sector, brought together by the commitments laid out above.

Those of us who are systems leaders know that we have a particular responsibility to rethink and rebuild the systems we lead and to encourage our peers to do the same. The opportunity and obligation we have now is to make sure that the transformations we drive from within are centered on what people need for wellbeing. And that means addressing the racism in our systems, and the false assumptions so many people have about poverty.

The fierce power of now

COVID-19’s toll on people and the economy is stark and widespread, but not even. Black and brown people are dying at much higher rates than white people; the economic fallout of the disease and the halted economy hits Black and brown communities harder. Superimposed with visualizations of police violence, there’s national outrage and a long-overdue, deep-seated shift in thinking: the problem is our systems, which don’t treat everyone equally; the people are the solution, not the problem.

Yet with shrinking budgets, the disparities may become all the more extreme. Or something else can happen — if we act now to change systems.

In April 2020, a few of us who had been working for years as a diverse, loose network of changemakers came together, devastated by the violence and harms playing out again and again across the country. As we began to map a shared path forward, our community grew and the Blueprint got stronger. We launched our website on June 24, 2020 not as a capstone, but as a milestone in this process of evolution, growth and action.

 

Community of Action

Organizations that have signed on

BeWellPBC
Bridgebuilder Cinematic Arts
Center for Patient Partnerships
Children’s League of Massachusetts
The Corporation for Supportive Housing
DynamicWorks Wellness Collective
GivingWorks: Strategists for Social Impact
The Greater Sum
First Call
The Full Frame Initiative
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Jessica Payne Consulting
Justice for Families
King Boston
KOKORO
Legal Link
Living In Freedom Together
Lower Eastside Girls Club
Missouri Alliance for Children and Families
More Than Words
New London, CT Department of Human Services
Palm Health Foundation
Poetry for Personal Power
The Prosperity Agenda
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc.
Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
San Diego State University Social Policy Institute
Sarah M. Gillen, LLC
Sparlin Mental Health
Strategic Questions Consulting
STRIVE Atlanta
Theater of War
Think of Us
Tomorrow’s Women TODAY
Unchained Stories
Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice
ZUMIX

Contributors, allies, kitchen cabinet members and individual signers

+Bridgette Acklin, DC Department of Human Services

★Afua Addo, Perception Institute

+Miki Akimoto, Full Frame Initiative

+Sandra Ambrozy, Urban Institute

+Matt Ashby, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services

+Tamara Bauman, Solid Ground

★+Phyllis Becker, MO Division of Youth Services (ret.)

+Heather Beaird-Eisler, Rose Brooks Center

+Denita Benyshek, Heal and Grow Counseling

+Patricia Beresford, P. Beresford & Associates

Xavier de Souza Briggs, New York University

Rachel Broudy, MD

+Ben Burkemper, Family Court of St. Louis County

★Sixto Cancel, Think of Us

+Al Cambell, Quality of Life

+LaRae Cantley, Activist

+Gladys Carrion, Columbia University Justice Lab, YCLJ

+Lesa Chandler, Cornerstones of Care

+Ben Cislaghi

+Kacee Cohen, YWCA Clark County

+Bekki Craig, Salasin Project

+Bianca Cruz, HAWC

★+Tim Decker, MO Children’s Division (ret.)

+Piper Derenoncourt, Beth Israel Lahey Health – BIDMC CVPR

+Kathleen Desilets

+Deborah Diamond, LifePath

+Elizabeth Dierze, Salasin Project

+Jewels Dietrich, The Women’s Hearth

+Ivy Doxley, MO Children’s Division

+Megan Driscoll, Megan Driscoll Consulting

+Kendall Evans, Another Way

+Kirsten Faisal, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

+Michelle Farnum, City of Cambridge (MA)

+José Faus, Independent Artist

+Patricia Fenrick, Minnesota Department of Human Services

+Amy Harris, Volunteer

+Pamela Hurd, The Boston Foundation

+Zondre Johnson, Speak Up

+Melissa Jonson-Reid, Washington University

+Aurora Martinez Jones, Travis County Civil Courts

+Kim Jordan, Burlington Community Justice Center

+Marsha Mansfield, LIFT Dane

+Cheryl Markham, People’s Community Law

+Lisa McGahan, Salasin Project

+Franceria Moore, The Prosperity Agenda

+Susan Orban, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Washington County

+George Lombardi, MO Department of Corrections (ret.)

+Dean Lagrotteria, LifePath

+Tammy Mello, Children’s League of Massachusetts

+Hollis Meminger, Bridgebuilder Cinematic Arts

+Franceria Moore, The Prosperity Agenda

+Kitra Mwania, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families

+Lorena Norwood, self-employed

+Antonio Oftelie, Leadership for a Networked World

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change

+Shayna Parker, Children’s League of Massachusetts

+Stacy Pinkston, activist

+Nathanael Player, Utah State Courts’ Self-Help Center

+Aiveen Princess, Aye Different

Dr. LJ Punch, Power4STL

+Nasir Qadree, Zeal Capital Partners

+Karen Riley-McNary, Living in Freedom Together (Worcester)

+Mariesa Robinson, MNADV

+Jennifer Rose, Inspire Action for Social Change

+Julia Rowan, University of Southern California

+Will Rucker, Compassionate Las Vegas

+Kendi Satterfield, MO Alliance for Children and Families

+Susan Schear, ARTISIN, LLC

+Marc Schindler, Justice Policy Institute

+Alexander Schneider, Columbia University, YCLJ

+Michael Shaw, Hudson Webber Foundation

+Lise Sheehan, Recover Project

+Genevieve Sheridan, PAVO

+Elizabeth Siggins, University of California, Davis

+Kimberlee Nicole Smith, The Tenacious Rose Project

★+Katya Fels Smyth, Full Frame Initiative

+Elizabeth Siggins, U.C. Davis

+Mercedes Soto, City of Cambridge

+Shanna Stryker, University of Cincinnati

+Kenneth Thompson, Visible Hands Collaborative

Tanya Tucker, Full Frame Initiative

+Leti Uzueta, Minnesota Judicial Branch

+Norma Vega, American Red Cross Los Angeles

+Bryan Vickers, St. Louis County Family Court

+Christy Vong

+Alexandria Ware, TOU

★+Tracy Wareing Evans, American Public Human Services Association

+Annie Wilson, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families

+Deirdre Wilson, University of Southern California

+Jasmin Young-Bradshaw, Durham Crisis Response Center

★Laura Zeilinger, DC Department of Human Services

★Kitchen Cabinet
+ Signer (individual)

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