If you are an idealist who believes in the worth and potential of all people, turn your organization into an oasis of health where all participants are trained and empowered to cooperate with and care for each other in their ideal roles.
Mental, emotional, and behavioral health is a product and indicator of social integration. A competitive, authoritarian, top-down hierarchy does not promote healthy social integration at home, at school, or at work. The only thing that cultivates healthy social integration is healthy social integration. Ironically, what we are trying to do in our culture is separate the source of mental, emotional, and behavioral health from the relationships where we spend all of our time. This is eliminating the source of health and the most powerful forces that sustain it from the place where they most belong. Our hyper-independent, overly individualistic, patriarchal culture is subduing and eroding the very source of its power, health, and capacity to not only thrive but participate in its own generative evolution. We are demolishing rather than constructing ourselves individually and as communities. Emile Durkheim, the architect of sociology said 125 years ago, “suicide is a failure of social integration.” By that measure, so is alcoholism, drug abuse, overeating, social media addiction, and domestic abuse.
I write in a geeky, sciency, hopefully poetic way about belonging, storytelling, community building, deconstruction and construction,