Phoenix Zones Initiative Vision, Mission & Goals
Phoenix Zones Initiative Vision, Mission & Goals
<h2>The Phoenix Zones Initiative is the only organization working explicitly to advance both human and animal rights.</h2> The <strong>Phoenix Zones Initiative</strong> works toward a world that is a Phoenix Zone—where every human and nonhuman being can be free and thrive—while recognizing the deep connections between <strong>human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing</strong>. Through adaptive leadership, innovative problem solving, directed research and analysis, strategic communication, coalition building, and corresponding action, the Phoenix Zones Initiative addresses seemingly intractable social challenges in the most strategic ways possible—in order to create the most meaningful and exponential impact conceivable. <hr /> <h3>PHOENIX ZONES INITIATIVE VISION & VALUES</h3> <strong><span style="color: #1c355e;"><img class="alignleft wp-image-191" src="https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/wren-chai-OXNdudPTM8Y-unsplash-300x157.jpg" alt="Phoenix Zones Initiative" width="803" height="420" /></span></strong>Leadership: We enthusiastically and ambitiously address the <strong>root causes</strong> of problems and empower others to do the same. Ethics: We operate by the <strong>highest ethical standards</strong>. How we achieve progress matters. The ends do not justify the means. Evidence: We prioritize <strong>evidence-based, holistic solutions</strong> to advance the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals. Impact: We are committed to <strong>meaningful impact </strong>through systemic change, requiring work at multiple levels and ongoing improvement. <hr /> <h3>PHOENIX ZONES INITIATIVE MISSION & GOALS</h3> <img class="alignright wp-image-153" src="https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/eberhard-grossgasteiger-288402-unsplash-1024x683-300x200.jpg" alt="Phoenix Zones Initiative" width="456" height="304" />To foster empathic and transformational attitudinal, behavioral, and normative shifts in <strong>how human and animal rights are viewed and advanced</strong>. To nurture <strong>grassroots, policy, and systems-level changes</strong> that advance the rights, health, and wellbeing of humans and animals. To increase the capacity of partners by <strong>scaling great models of social change and inspiring new initiatives</strong>, thereby fueling a <a href="https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org/phoenix-zones-movement/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Phoenix Zones Movement</a>. To promote foundational principles—respect for liberty and sovereignty, a commitment to love and tolerance, the promotion of justice, and a fundamental belief that each individual possesses dignity—in order to <strong>address structural violence against people and animals</strong>. <hr />   <h3>PHOENIX ZONES INITIATIVE PROGRAMS</h3> <img class="alignleft wp-image-150" src="https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/christian-vasile-612297-unsplash-1024x683-300x200.jpg" alt="Phoenix Zones Initiative" width="724" height="482" />The Phoenix Zones Initiative works in multiple areas to promote norms, behaviors, policies, and practices that <strong>advance human and animal rights</strong>: Public education and outreach. Research and evaluation. Rigorous systems analyses. Key alliance formation and coalition and network building. Scalable, sustainable evidence-based models of change. Curation and dissemination of best practices that advance the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals. Advocacy for high-yield systems-level change within governmental, nongovernmental, and corporate entities. Ongoing assessment and improvement. <hr />  
Frequently Asked Questions About Phoenix Zones Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions About Phoenix Zones Initiative
<h2><span style="color: #1c355e;">What are Phoenix Zones?</span></h2> Through respect for liberty and sovereignty, a commitment to love, tolerance, justice, and opportunity, and a belief that each individual possesses dignity, Phoenix Zones foster what’s known in medical circles as the Phoenix Effect—wherein individuals can rise from the proverbial ashes and thrive. The Phoenix Effect and Phoenix Zones are metaphors for how we as a society can rise up and move forward. <hr /> <h2><span style="color: #1c355e;">Why does the Phoenix Zones Initiative focus on human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing?</span></h2> There are strong, evidence-based links between human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing. These links are increasingly recognized by health professionals, scientists, and policymakers. Connections between the suffering of people and animals are fueled by what is called structural violence—unjust systems that trickle down to the individual. Structural violence is made possible by social, cultural, political, economic, and legal systems that violate the rights of people and animals. Examples include the disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color, xenophobic patterns that increase the risk for hate crimes against immigrants, cultural traditions that lead to sexual and gender-based violence, and existing economic paradigms that discount the intrinsic value of individuals. In each of these cases, large-scale social forces and institutions can cause illness and death by preventing individuals from meeting their inherent needs, resulting in suffering at individual and population-based levels. Despite established connections between the health and wellbeing of people and animals, far less attention has focused on how the treatment of animals in society constitutes and contributes to structural violence. However, increasingly, there is a recognition that norms, economic decisions, and laws which allow for the creation of suffering in animals also represent a form of structural violence that can harm both animals and people. For example, animal cruelty is a red flag for family violence, and it can be a gateway to homicide. Historians, sociologists, and medical professionals have articulated the correlation between the abusive treatment of animals and the adverse treatment of human beings in society. Increasingly, scholars also demonstrate connections between such prejudices as racism, sexism, classism, ethnocentrism, heterosexism, ableism, and speciesism. Ultimately, interpersonal and structural violence against people and animals violate the same life-sustaining principles—respect for dignity, liberty, sovereignty, love and tolerance, justice, and opportunity. In contrast, the Phoenix Zones Initiative advances these principles throughout social, economic, medical, and other systems, thereby promoting health and wellbeing. Please reach out if you are interested in learning more. <hr /> <h2><span style="color: #1c355e;">How is the Phoenix Zones Initiative different from other organizations?</span></h2> We are the only organization working explicitly to advance both human and animal rights. Today, some organizations are beginning to focus on connections between the health of people and animals. However, we go further by working to dismantle the systemic forces fueling structural violence and by focusing on the important nexus between individual rights, health, and wellbeing. The Phoenix Zones Initiative is unique in that it provides a different view of human and animal rights—specifically that they are intimately linked and that there is a deep connection between rights and health for both people and animals. Through social innovation and adaptive leadership, we reach across imagined boundaries to revolutionize how human and animal rights are perceived and advanced, foster key alliances, and redefine and solve major problems hurting people and animals across the globe. <hr /> <h2><span style="color: #1c355e;">Why and how does the Phoenix Zones Initiative take on such big problems?</span></h2> Our mission is intentionally broad and ambitious. Many people and animals are suffering around the world. They are deprived of living freely and thriving. There are many efforts to address these injustices, but they often occur in silos and they may provide only partial solutions. Despite strides in some areas, the full road to securing human and animal rights is still quite long. Activists working on behalf of people and animals still wage many of the same battles advocates have been waging for centuries if not millennia. Today, we can and must dream bigger and plan on a scale commensurate with what is at stake—for people and animals. We strive to address seemingly intractable social challenges in the most strategic ways possible, in order to create the most meaningful and exponential impact imaginable. We work in direct response to structural violence—systemic contributors to vulnerability and suffering. Structural violence has not emerged spontaneously. It has been deliberate, directed, divisive, and far-reaching. Addressing systemic contributors to suffering must also be intentional, inclusive, proactive, and comprehensive. Serious, frank, and respectful dialogue, accompanied by flexible leadership, innovative problem solving, directed research and analysis, strategic communication, coalition building, and corresponding action can help change hearts and minds, and ultimately improve policies and practices that are uniformly beneficial to all people and animals. If you are interested in being a partner or funder and would like to learn more about our short-term goals and long-term strategic plan, please reach out. <hr /> <h2><span style="color: #1c355e;">Where does the Phoenix Zones Initiative work?</span></h2> We work with partners all around the world. We aim to build bridges instead of silos and to help bring phenomenal solutions to scale. Through formal and informal alliances, we can work together to catalyze more rapid progress for people and animals. <hr /> <h2><span style="color: #1c355e;">Who can join?</span></h2> Anyone who cares about advancing the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals can join. We aim to fuel a Phoenix Zones Movement—structural change and resilience. Together, we can take on some of the greatest challenges of our time. <hr />  
Phoenix Zones Initiative
Phoenix Zones Initiative
<p style="text-align: left;">Together, with the urgency and sustainability required, how can we advance the<strong> rights, health, and wellbeing </strong>of humans and animals around the world?</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The <strong>Phoenix Zones Initiative</strong>'s vision is fueled by this broad and critical question, which resides at the heart of an ambitious strategy. As far too many people and animals suffer around the globe, the Phoenix Zones Initiative aims to do what seldom is—to reach across imagined boundaries and to revolutionize how <strong>human and animal rights </strong>are perceived and advanced, foster key alliances, and redefine and solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">But we cannot do it alone. Please join the <a href="https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org/join-us/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Phoenix Zones Initiative</a>.</p>

Advancing Human & Animal Rights, Health & Wellbeing

Together, with the urgency and sustainability required, how can we advance the rights, health, and wellbeing of humans and animals around the world?

The Phoenix Zones Initiative‘s vision is fueled by this broad and critical question, which resides at the heart of an ambitious strategy. As far too many people and animals suffer around the globe, the Phoenix Zones Initiative strives to do what seldom is—to reach across imagined boundaries and to revolutionize how human and animal rights are perceived and advanced, foster key alliances, and redefine and solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.

But we cannot do it alone. Please join the Phoenix Zones Initiative.

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Building Sanctuary for People and Animals
Building Sanctuary for People and Animals
August 25, 2019
In the fall of 2019, we will bring together key stakeholders working across myriad professional sectors and various human and animal rights movements to address a key question at the heart of the mission of the Phoenix Zones Initiative: "How can leaders across sectors work collectively to advance the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals with the urgency and sustainability required?”
The Case for Advancing Human & Animal Rights
The Case for Advancing Human & Animal Rights
August 23, 2019
To some, it may seem frivolous—given current assaults on human rights—to argue that we need to advance animal rights. But this reaction fails to see a fundamental connection: the way we treat any living being affects how we treat another. At a time when fundamental rights like liberty and opportunity are under attack, we cannot yield to fear.
Radical Hope Can Change the World
Radical Hope Can Change the World
August 19, 2019
There is so much about the way the world is organized that we take for granted or think will never change. Today, we can and must dream bigger and plan on a scale commensurate with what is at stake—the soul of society. The Phoenix Zones Initiative tackles the structure of violence at multiple levels—from individual choices to the social, economic, and cultural forces that inform and influence behavior.

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