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Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

Me at 22: I want to organize to change the world! Most people are high functioning and good. So as long as we exclude the handful of problematic bad apples, we can do this thing!

*ten exhausting years later*

Me at 32: Basically everyone is traumatized and damaged, and we desperately need spaces and structures geared towards healing, personal growth, and redemption if we're ever going to hope to have the critical mass to make it happen.

Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

@mattcropp

everybody has something

some trauma, some loss, some disability, some missing piece, some yearning, some burden

everyone has some experience to share, some example to offer, some help to give

not seeing these truths, or not seeing it well, or not accepting it, is part of some people's burden

Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

@mattcropp a few years back A Pattern Language, a series of books on architecture and design. it changed completely the way i walk thru a city, or a building

i've started noticing patterns of how we segregate and concentrate people: by race, income, age, gender

this makes mutual teaching, and support incredibly hard

and organising around changing that is harder still, since *good* space, in a city is about as hard to come by as time.

Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

@mattcropp
So much this, yes. At this point, I struggle to foresee anything as truly progressive if it does not explicitly account for physical, emotional, and social healing and caring... which is a position I never thought I'd be in when I was younger (and full of negative associations with healing and toxic positivity culture).

Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

@mattcropp capitalism breaks everything and everyone.

Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

@mattcropp
ok, so now I am waiting for @42 and @52, with #wisdom & #perspective ... :-)

Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma 

@mattcropp @42
ooops, that should have been #42 and #52, sorry...

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