Thank you for being curious.
I created this podcast with the intent to help people and organisations become aware of the importance of belonging. While the concept of belonging is easy to grasp, creating belonging for ourselves and others is not easy to do.
This podcast is centred around interviews and conversations with experts, leaders, authors, and organisations that are creating belonging in world.
Create + Belonging
Create Belonging is a call to action.
Create is the imperative tense of to create, commanding action and urgency. In today’s fast paced, ever-changing world, we need to create new models, definitions, and structures that serve our goals and enable a more Equitable, Just, and Inclusive society.
To create does not necessarily mean to construct anew, or to build something original. To create implies that we already have the raw materials, models, and concepts that can serve us. To create implies observation, curiosity, generosity, and action.
Belonging is the focal point of this project. Belonging is analogous to belongingness, a fundamental human need. It refers to our inherent need to form bonds and feel accepted with ourselves and within a group. Humanity would not be here today without our ability to form bonds and build bridges across diverse groups.
“You are only free when you realize you belong no place—you belong every place—no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.”Maya Angelou
This quote by Maya Angelou is paradoxical – and for good reason. Belonging is not easy, straight forward, nor linear. Belonging, like most worthwhile pursuits in life, is simultaneously simple and difficult.
Belonging is like happiness. We can believe we belong. However, True Belonging (like true True Happiness) is not easy to come by. We can appear to belong on the surface, but true belonging is not attained by doing or saying the right things, or having the right friends, or being at the right place. Belonging, the type we will aim to explore here, is born out of awareness, responsibility, vulnerability, and trust. True Belonging is attained when we are authentic with ourselves.
We are born with a predisposition to belong and researchers agree that we are biologically programmed for belonging from the moment we are born. Belonging is fundamental to life, and logically, a lack of belonging leads to severe negative consequences.
According to wikipedia, “belonging is a strong and inevitable feeling that exists in human nature. To belong or not to belong is a subjective experience that can be influenced by a number of factors within ourselves and our surrounding environment.”
While belonging might mean different things to different people, I aim to adopt an inclusive definition. Belonging in this sense has 3 main dimensions.
Belonging to Self – This is closely related to acceptance of oneself, having a healthy self-image, and having self-esteem. Questions of identity, individualism, and even personality would fall in this dimension.
Belonging with Others – This dimension is the one we associate the most when thinking about belonging. We are social beings by nature and therefore establishing, building, and maintaining relationships with others is fundamental to our mental and physical well-being. This dimension is also important when considering concepts like tribalism, conformism, commons, and even culture.
Belonging to our Planet – While we are social animals, we are also part of the ecosystems that we impact and we all share the same planet. This dimension aims to explore how we interact with our planet and how can we belong to our planet in a way that is sustainable and respectful of all living things.
As you might expect, these three dimensions do not operate on their own. Often more than one dimension is at play when we
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