VISION

Creative Resilience Collective collaborates with underserved communities and advocates looking to combat stigma and improve access to self-determined mental health care. We believe our collective agency can create positive change and envision more equitable futures of care. Motivated by this belief, we organize educational workshops, study groups, produce critical writing, public art projects, youth programs, and design resources to shape the evolution of care towards liberation and joy.








OUR PRINCIPLES

We believe everyone should have the resources and tools to fully manage their own health


In solidarity with disability justice movements, mad activists, psychiatric survivors, and all others with lived experiences, we believe in every person's autonomy as a self-determinant being deserving of consensual care


Solutions are evolutionary and ongoing


The world is messy and ever-changing, and we understand that there is no single approach or effort that can serve as a solution. We define resilience as staying with uncertainty, refusing quick-fix solutions, and remaining open to trying new things. We believe in emergence and the power of informal, scrappy, and iterative processes to dismantle complex oppressive systems.

Social justice is intersectional 


We seek to address the harmful interplay of racism (especially anti-Blackness), transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, nationalism (especially white) , xenophobia, and other forms of oppression and violence in our group's work, both internally and externally.

We believe in abundance, not scarcity

 Resources abound. Historically underserved groups should be validated and given full access to resources to transform their lived experiences into tools for achieving health justice.


We center people and lived experiences


Our work is collaborative and leverages listening and long-term relationship building that puts communities’ existing knowledge into action through design. We center people's needs in the context of hyper-local, holistic, and sustainable strategies that envision long-term common good.

We create and hold space for the things we are uniquely suited to offer


In all other circumstances, we aim to step back, support, and collaborate when the opportunity presents itself.
Credit: Design Justice Network Principles






Our principles draw from the Design Justice Network, Sins Invalid’s Ten Principles of Disability Justice, and Allied Media Conference.
CORE ORGANIZERS

Core organizers are collective stewards and equal-part owners of Creative Resilience Collective.


Through consensus-based decision making, core organizers tend to all aspects of the organization's health and well-being. Organizational leaders also work to ensure collective initiatives are guided by intentional, just, and accountable processes.






Felicia Blow

Michelle Delgado

Sterling Johnson

Bennett Kuhn




Jessa Lingel

Dianne Loftis

Olin Morris

Andrea Ngan



El Sigelman

Jenna Spitz
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COLLABORATORS

Collaborators serve as co-creators and contributors to collective initiatives and processes.





Arielle Narva
Austin Kelley
Carolyn Hampe
Chloe Nurik
Chris Rogers
Cooper Lee Kidd
Corey Chao
Elizabeth Weinstein
Ila Kumar
Heejin Hsu
Kimberly Gim
Kimya Imani Jackson


Maritza Hernandez
Matt Wattman

Megan Bogia
Meredith Degyanksy
Moses Santana
Nisse Greenberg
Quan Quan Nguyen
Sarah Gawricki
Tara Boonngamanon
Tommy Markov
Zein Nakhoda




INFLUENCES

Our practice is made up of the many that came before us


Our collective movement work is informed by Design Justice Network Principles, Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown, healing justice, Allied Media Conference Network Principles, Slow Reader by Slow Research Lab, Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva, Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway, Monique Tula, and Sarah Ahmed among many others.




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OUR MISSION

Creative Resilience Collective is a health justice organization based in Philadelphia. We partner with underserved communities and advocates looking to combat stigma and improve access to self-determined mental health care.

We believe our collective agency can create positive change in care systems, leading to more equitable futures. We do this through educational workshops, study groups, critical writing, public art, youth programs, and the building of local tools and resources to shape the evolution of dignified care.
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