We are chartering unknown territory here with the spread of and reaction to COVID-19. So much is outside of our control which can feel overwhelming and spike our anxiety. I believe it is critical that we focus on what we can control and on how we are interconnected. I applaud the quick response of so many that have leveraged their resources and compassion to assist others – check out #coronakindness and 50 ways companies are giving back as highlighted by Forbes for examples and inspiration.
As we proceed with our philanthropic efforts and practices of kindness, I strongly hope that we focus on the basics – the basic needs we all need to survive and ultimately thrive. This is not a time to compete for PR attention, create complex steps to access support or make commitments out of touch with the front lines of our communities in the name of “innovation.” Now, more than ever, is a time to add more seats to your table for those on the front lines of our communities. It is a time to talk less and replace judgment with curiosity. We need to be inclusive and intentional with our actions and willing to quickly pivot, iterate and evolve when our intentions don’t match our impact.
I don’t know any other way to explain this need than to directly say – lives depend on our actions! We have the resources and ability to feed the hungry, house the homeless and empower each other to discover and leverage the greatness within. It is a choice that we make to meet or not meet these basic needs.
In the spirit of sharing solutions, I offer the following to support blueprints for change. It is not the responsibility of one sector, organization or individual to meet basic needs – it is our collective responsibility.
What ideas do you have to focus on the basics – the basic needs of our communities?