Relationships

A Foundation for Innovation

When you don’t like how things are going, that’s usually a good indicator that it’s time to try something new. We’ve searched high and low and haven’t found any city in the world where both the homeless community has taken the city to court—and won, and where that same homeless community is now actively working in collaboration with various sectors in the city so EVERYONEcan have their human dignity better respected.

Everyone loves to be or to be seen as innovative.Here’s the rub: Being innovative means taking big… even unprecedented… risks. What allows people and groups to take the risk to be innovative?

  • On one side of the spectrum, people may just be so beaten down and marginalized that they no longer feel they have anything to lose… so who cares? Go down in a blaze of glory… or infamy (or just obscurity, if things neither soar nor explode)! This is about doing what could be called “right”—damn the consequences or casualties. 
  • On the other side of the spectrum, people may be situated in a supportive and broad community that calls on its members to lead new initiatives that might make things better for everyone. This isn’t about “taking one for the team,” it’s about moving forward with the team! This is experimenting… it’s not about right or wrong, it’s about learning

We don’t know about you, but working in a supportive and broad community sounds a lot more pleasant to us than going down in a blaze of anything. So, with BEAP, we place strong relationships above anything else. There are huge challenges we are trying to address. We don’t want anyone sacrificing themselves to a cause that has the potential to benefit us all.Not only is that not fair, its chances for success, we believe, are slim.

We don’t know about you, but working in a supportive and broad community sounds a lot more pleasant to us than going down in a blaze of anything. So, with BEAP, we place strong relationships above anything else. There are huge challenges we are trying to address. We don’t want anyone sacrificing themselves to a cause that has the potential to benefit us all.Not only is that not fair, its chances for success, we believe, are slim.


Relationships: A Foundation for Innovation

Lives, Livelihoods, Quality of Life: Universal Human Needs

Everyone Valued for Their Experience: A Humanistic Approach