Greetings, i am thrilled to join this community! I was placed in foster care a few hours after I was born. My early experience of foster care and then adoption let to a life long passion for building cultures of belonging in diverse communities addressing complex social problems. Recently I was asked to give a talk about the nuggets i have learned from this 20+ of work as well as insights from my personal struggles. The talk was recently released and I would love any feedback on how the message could help serve and support your work. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOiObEt3TPk&t=4s

Many thanks for your time, i really look forward to connecting and hearing your thoughts. 

 

Kind regards,

Jessie

 

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Jessie:
This is beautiful, and beautifully told, and shared. I love how your story led you to a focus on belonging! Your passion and compassion and self-compassion all come through.

I love how you share wider stories of displacement, for communities as well as individuals and your lens on the crisis of belonging rather than say depression or symptoms. I love how you do this while still addressing system disparities and how people are displaced. That's complex stuff.

The answers to the questions about what erodes a sense of belonging is something I'll not forget. 

I suggest sharing this as a video (under post) as well as a blog post (also under post). Those are ways at least more in this community can find your talk.  
And I hope they will. You have so much to share.

Cissy

Thanks Cissy, i really appreciate taking the time to listen to it and give such a thoughtful response. In all my belonging work, it is the first time I reveal the driving force behind it in my personal experience. It has taken radical courage but when i get responses like yours there is a deeper layer of healing that happens each time. Thanks for your advice. I am not sure what the difference between a "blog post" and "post" but will navigate around to see what i find. For the blog post, do you suggest just a short paragraph or do people in this community like to read a little more? Many many thanks, Jessie

 

Jessie Sutherland posted:

Thanks Cissy, i really appreciate taking the time to listen to it and give such a thoughtful response. In all my belonging work, it is the first time I reveal the driving force behind it in my personal experience. It has taken radical courage but when i get responses like yours there is a deeper layer of healing that happens each time. Thanks for your advice. I am not sure what the difference between a "blog post" and "post" but will navigate around to see what i find. For the blog post, do you suggest just a short paragraph or do people in this community like to read a little more? Many many thanks, Jessie

 

Jessie:
Your emotion and passion came through in your words. I've never thought of it as a crisis of belonging and I love that lens. Good on you for being courageous, and many know it comes with risks and rewards because there's still a lot of bias against those who have been in the foster care system, or who have lots of ACEs and speak of those things. I think things are changing though and it's healing, as well, to hear others talking more about it as "us" stuff rather than us/them ideas.

As for posting, you can via the post button, "post a blog post" longer with some details (if you want) or post an ask-the-community (as you did perfectly). You can post a video resource, and your TedTalk is that. It's just people look and access different things on the site and since you are looking for ways to reach/connect with others I think sharing in all those ways can be helpful. Also, poke around the communities and see what you find. Please keep posting and asking questions. 

Cis

HI Jessie-  you can click on your blog post and under the green "Post" button you should see "Manage Blog Post". Click that and you should see "Edit Blog Post". Make any changes you want and dont forget to click the green "Update" button on the bottom of  the page!
I loved your Talk!  SO important to talk about our sense of belonging and what we are wanting in our lives & communities as you so eloquently state.  I shared it with friends and colleagues. Thank you and so glad you are part of our ACEs Connection community!

Best, gail

Thank you, i did it : ) I'll get the hang of it! btw, somehow when i started to articulate the state of the world as a crisis in belonging it was very empowering because that is something each and everyone of can do something about. would love to know if in a few months that lens shifts anything. Thanks or your kind support getting me through technology!

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