OUR ETHOS

Some change can be measured. Some change can't.  

 

intentions

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  1. Foster personal relationships -- promote richer relationships both within and across organizations creating positive change

  2. Reframe politics -- it's more than elections; it's also our personal interactions, our ethics, our community involvement

  3. Promote analysis -- help people understand the complexities of our political and social worlds

  4. Promote alignment -- help people align their personal values to their political values, and connect their activism to their daily lives

  5. Mobilize -- introduce newly activated citizens to organizations and movements that are already working for change, and help them join effectively

  6. Support sustainable struggle -- help make the work sustainable by providing spaces to relax and celebrate

  7. Nurture experimentation -- create spaces for new political experiences.


principles

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The programming and experience of Deep State are guided by a set of animating principles.

  1. Diversity & Inclusion -- We recognize that America is a diverse country composed of individuals of different backgrounds, classes, genders, races, abilities, sizes, religions, and orientations. We will strive to create a space and an experience that reflects and celebrates that diversity, and equally empowers all participants. We also aim to create a space that honors the diversity of opinions about the underlying nature of America's challenges.

  2. Radical Curiosity -- All knowledge is important, all experience is important. There is no “right path” and no measurement of a person’s “rightness.” 

  3. Deep Freedom -- Individuals should be encouraged to pursue the life and identity that they desire, provided that life or identity does not impose suffering on others. 

  4. Intersectionality -- Our struggles and triumphs are inextricably connected. There is no liberation for one without liberation for all.

  5. Well-being -- We believe in well-being and in physical and mental health. We think every individual has the right to well-being.

  6. Total Justice -- We believe in full economic, racial, social, and environmental justice for all.

  7. Transformation -- We believe that positive personal and social transformation is possible, and that the two are intimately connected. 

  8. Creativity -- We believe that imagination and creativity are two of the highest aspects of humanity. Every person has an incredible imagination and is capable of rich creativity. We work to celebrate and empower that spirit.

Deep State is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for every individual, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or anything else.