Social Impact

 

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CTZNWELL

Founder: Kerri Kelly.

"CTZNWell is a nation wide initiative to transform the way everyday people engage well-being even as we engage the 50,000,000 people who have a well-being practice in the United States. Through direct actions and small circles, we invite people to create a new social fabric - one that is yet to be imagined. This is why In Times of Terror, Wage Beauty has been an amazing asset - this intimate guide for healing and hope has offered words, stories, and sign posts that invite a new lexicon, one that is able to speak how the world outside of us is shaped by the world inside of us.

 

For at core, well-being is more than what we do to be well. It is a practice and commitment to who we are and who we are to one another. It challenges us to reclaim our whole history and to lean into a collective healing that affirms that our wellbeing is bound. The chapters: "We Cannot Heal What We Will Not Face", "A Better World Begins With A Better Story", and " We Are Not The Children Nor The Descendants Of A Week People" are powerful tools to explore our history and healing together. This is why CTZNWELL uses them as conversation sparks in our small circle gatherings - they are more than stories, they are seed strategy, a story based portal into the deeper conversations we want to have but don't know how to.

 
 
 
 
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"This intimate guide for healing and hope has offered words, stories, and sign posts that invite a new lexicon, one that is able to speak how the world outside of us is shaped by the world inside of us."

 

Scott Macklin

Director of Interactive Learning and Innovation – EarlyEdU Alliance -  - Faculty – Communication Leadership - University of Washington

It is the rare occasion when one gets a chance to truly confront one’s own blind spot(s).  As a media maker and educator, I’ve purchased over 30 copies of Wage Beauty to personally give to students, friends and family.  

 

Referencing the book’s ability to create a disruption of the daily, I have used the book to frame and deepen small circles that center affirmation interviews in order to identify key drivers who are leading their field change. This ranges from early child education to shaping national dialogues on end of life care. As a storytelling for impact took,  Wage Beauty was extremely useful in the C21 Story Institute where I worked with undergraduate students to integrate learning experiences with their career aspirations through an Insight through Story exercise.  The book also proved to be extremely helpful in working with high school students during the launch of the Seattle Public School’s Media Arts Skills Center where students developed personal civically engaged narratives in order to host the ME/WE Our Future City showcase.

 

Yet while, Wage Beauty was instrumental in helping students reflect upon and reimagine their current happenings, it was not until a series of most unfortunate events rained down upon my family (untimely deaths, violent break-ins and loss of job) that the deep wisdom of the book took on a new light and gave me a gift – the gift of slowing myself to explore the primordial sound-box of my soul and thus inching me towards my own heart and mind lens shift.

 

 
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“The deep wisdom of the book took on a new light and gave me a gift – the gift of slowing myself to explore the primordial sound-box of my soul.”