The purpose of this website is to invite a systemic understanding and language of social health, which can inspire individuals and communities to take ownership, and begin to shift our collective paradigm from remedial work in the context of global turbulence and confusion, to intentionally building social health on every level of society.
It takes all of us to gradually and intentionally restore moral meaning and purpose to our lives, and to re-organize all levels of our societies around moral coherence and an ethic of interdependence.
As more people worldwide embrace a vision of social health, a collective standard will emerge, against which decisions and policies can be evaluated in a much more principled manner than is currently done.
This website invites the opening of spaces where people and cultures can engage in a conversation on what they see as healthy social environments and communities, that can raise emotionally and spiritually healthy next generations – young people who can achieve excellence and fulfillment.
There are many ways in which you can get involved. On this website, you will find examples of a social health circle of youth and young adults, as well as of a social health lab.
1. You can begin by asking yourself: how healthy is my work/school environment? To what extent does it really encourage each of us to uplift one another and to work from our deepest capability to love and care, to understand and reason, and to create together? If you recognize something missing in that regard, do not settle for what is. You are a critical part in changing the social processes that keep us mired in unhealthy ways.
2. You can register for this website and join the public conversation about what may constitute a collective standard for a healthy society in our complex, highly dynamic, and problem-fraught global age. Without a public conversation which establishes over time a collective standard, we have no frame of reference for what else is possible beyond the disillusioning social reality we deal with every day. We have a standard for physical health and for basic literacy, but no collective vision of a healthy society. You can be part of changing that.
3. You can take time to clarify your own thinking about what may be a healthy social standard. Explore the materials this website will be putting up on the intersection between helpful understanding from the social sciences, and the knowledge and experience of spiritually-inspired efforts. You may even contribute materials of interest. It is important to develop a principled understanding through the lens of which we can examine claims of what may be socially healthy decisions and policies.
4. You may wish to gather your community and begin a dialogue about what it envisions as a healthier social environment and what concrete changes you would like to work toward. Such dialogues can help develop a better practical sense of how we can help each other across national, cultural, economical interests. Communities must take ownership of the whole process, by mobilizing, and by applying traditional and practical skills, knowledge, and wisdom to reaching the goals they identify.
5. You may wish to bring a social health lens to the analysis of current events and processes. You may tap into international networks, NGO’s, etc. in order to see how they seek to address social issues in the direction of more social health.
6. You may wish to share examples of constructive initiatives – case histories, stories, images – as part of our Public Conversation.
7. You may wish to start your own constructive initiative. Consider getting your children and youth involved – they have a lot to say about how difficult it is for many of them to steer the course in the social world that surrounds them. Help your children and youth see how they can benefit by helping each other.
Our movement toward socially healthier environments can only be done as a team effort.
Welcome to the team!