Creating Bold New Connections to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence: request for applications
It’s nothing new to see a high-profile story raise awareness around domestic violence—public attention is focused for a while, then it gradually moves on to something else. Meanwhile, for those who have experienced violence—or are working to end it—it’s never far from our minds. But recently, it’s not just survivors and those of us in the field who are staying engaged. In both reach and resonance, the stories of this moment feel distinct.
The #MeToo movement has put women’s exposure to injustice and violence at the forefront of the public consciousness. Unimaginable mass and family shootings have underscored, again and again, the connection between DV and gun violence. And multiple scandals in the past few weeks alone have revealed perpetrators of domestic violence to be working at the highest levels of the federal government—despite their history being documented.
At the Foundation, we’re inspired by the collective action that has emerged across our society, among all ages and genders. Even more inspiring is that lived experience is driving change. And while the stakes feel as high as ever, we know that there is considerable power in moments like this—when people are informed, engaged, and empowered.
Domestic violence has complex and interconnected root causes—and it has far-reaching impacts on individuals, families, and communities. In this context, the recent headlines are telling. How would rates of domestic violence change if we shifted deep-seated cultural ideas about gender equality? How much harm could we prevent if we could ensure that children exposed to violence develop healthy relationships into adulthood? How can we begin to break the cycle of domestic violence?
We must look at the bigger picture—to understand the complicated root causes that perpetuate the cycle of violence, and to find solutions that will break that cycle and help our communities thrive. Given the stakes—and the possibility—of this moment, we recognize that we need new solutions with new partnerships and collaborative action.
In this spirit, we are excited to announce a Co-Design Lab to explore Prevention Approaches to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence. Over the course of six months, a Design Team of 12-15 leaders from diverse backgrounds will learn, reflect, and co-create together to develop promising ideas and solutions to break the multi-generational cycle of domestic violence.
We invite you to apply to join this work as a Design Team Fellow and to share this opportunity with your networks. The selected Design Team Fellows will participate in six gatherings between April and September 2018 and will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with visionary leaders and influencers, all working toward a shared goal.
We are partnering with Gobee Group, an Oakland-based social innovation design firm with roots in social impact, to lead the Co-Design Lab. Gobee will facilitate the Design Team utilizing human-centered design, a collaborative problem-solving approach that provides creative methods for deeply understanding human behavior to inform approaches. The Gobee team brings impressive experience, innovative thinking, and inspiring creativity to this project—we are very excited to have them as partners.
To overcome the root causes of domestic violence, we need to directly engage communities and new partners to inform our work and to champion new ideas—possibly yours—that may ultimately help break the cycle of domestic violence. We welcome your participation in this critical joint effort.
Click here to learn more and apply. Applications are due by March 12, 2018.
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