The Cultural Wellness Center
We created the People's Theory from hundreds of dialogues with community members. The People's Theory is the frame for our knowledge production.
Community is not organized around geography, race, or ethnicity. It is about a way of thinking that builds cohesion.
Culture is about knowledge systems and, ways of knowing.
CWC's People's Theory
Our People's Theory, developed by speaking with hundreds of people from many different cultural groups, says that
Individualism and loss of community and culture make us sick.
The People's Theory informs how we define issues such as "racial disparities" in health, economic status and education. Loss of culture and community have produced disastrous effects that only reconnection to these vital resources can heal and reverse.
Philosophy of Community
In a Philosophy of Community. . .
The group is valued and empowered. . .
which results in community ownership, responsibility, problem–solving, common ground
Authority is given to the organic idea. . .
which results in the birthing of new ideas, creative solutions, acknowledgment of
spirituality as a process
Power rests within people’s experiences. . .
which results in a community which values & respects the development of each person’s
Citizens have collective interests. . .
which results in strategic thinking, community problem-solving
Everyone is a student & a teacher. . .
which results in new knowledge, responsibility, valuing self
Knowledge derives from internal experience. . .
which results in a community where every person’s and every culture’s knowledge is
valued, a respect for the richness and wisdom of all traditions, acknowledgement of the
Thinking is honored. The process is the product. . .
which results in healthy, active, purposeful citizens, harmony, integral thinking, self-
Participants are the evaluators. . .
which results in standards set and followed by the group, attention to process, questions
that initiate learning, practices that are consistent with culture and tradition.
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