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BEAP operates under and aims to support community dialogue about these assumptions:
- All human behaviours are based in people trying to meet their basic human needs. Therefore, for a person to change their behaviour, a different way of meeting a need must become available. (E.g. People do not do things simply to hurt other people. Hurting other people, however, may be one way for a person to meet a human need to matter or feel they have an effect on the world.)
- “We are all much smarter than I am.” No one’s ideas should either go unquestioned or without consideration. Everyone will have an opportunity to provide input, and the permission to indicate a desire for the group to exercise more intention in being inclusive of all voices.
- The circumstances of a person’s birth and life may provide them with advantages or disadvantages that others do not experience. Things like a person’s race, gender and experience of support and/or trauma, while not determining, may significantly affect their capabilities, opportunities and self-image.
- Policies and laws may disproportionately disadvantage some populations. (E.g. Drug laws disproportionately expose the lives of people who use drugs to harm. Loitering policies disproportionately disadvantage those who don’t have other safe-feeling places to go.)