NEWHAB recognizes that we must eradicate racism across the systems that meet in our homes if we want to survive climate change. We believe structural racism—in the form of redlining, unequal investment, and institutional priorities—makes it impossible for many people to participate fully in our economy and thus enjoy clean air, safe water, reliable energy, and quality shelter.
To transform toward equitable and just systems, we must support analysis and learning at personal and systemic levels. Personal, because each of us as individuals is the source of ideas that collectively turn into movements. Systemic, because no single one of us can change entrenched laws, practices, and attitudes alone. We can’t undo 400+ years of colonization and white supremacy overnight.
For this transformation to be possible, new skills in addition to our content knowledge is required. Through the Learning Lab, members create and receive training that encourages their growth as facilitative, creative, and adaptive leaders across multiple, disconnected silos. Our focus is on becoming better practitioners of adaptive strategy who rely on and incorporate the leadership of people already experiencing the brunt of racist systems in underserved communities.