Well Now Learning Circle: Use of contents and support for further (un)learning
How can we alchemize words for social transformation?
Part of the answer lies in making sure that we speak and act in ways that are congruent with our values. In other words, making sure we don’t just say we want justice, we think through what this means in practise, and then act in ways that promote right relationship.
Including when we’re building knowledge together.
Promoting justice in and through knowledge creation means paying attention to respect. We do this through inculcating a culture of consent, and commiting to epistemic justice. Epistemic justice entails making sure we don’t erase people’s voices through uncritical use of research or writing conventions, or sloppy citation.
Promoting justice also requires an inspirited and liberatory approach to praxis (the process of linking real life and theory). And so it needs intellectual integrity, transparency, clarity, open hearts and minds.
Here’s some waymarkers for using my work in yours in ways that preserve the integrity of the Well Now paradigm and approach.
Please respect my scholarship and that of others by attributing all credit orand inspiration to the authors, whether me or the author(s) referenced, citing sources as appropriate.
The handouts I design can be used according to the Creative Commons license i.e. as they are without alterations. If you’d like to modify them please get in touch.
Want to share power points? Standard academic conventions around re-use and copyright apply. (i.e. indicating source in re-use of references and providing a citation for small amounts of text, checking before re-use of substantive ideas or amounts).
Did you ever leave a training session and hurry to copyedit your website because of what you’d just learnt? But there’s not an actual quote, so what do you do? Simple, have a sentence naming sources, you’ll find a respectful example here (in the initial section, as well as on the section of “My teachers, influences and lineage”).
Training Other People in Well Now
So far my Well Now work has concentrated on (1) helping individuals with food and body struggles, and (2) helping professionals support people explore the struggle. The work that’s out there at the moment isn’t designed for (3) professionals to train colleagues in Well Now, though I hope you share ideas from training and that this start discussions.
If you’re interested in (3) i.e. delivering any sort of formal or regular Well Now training of professionals, including cascade training to colleagues, please get in touch.
Clarity and Transparency
Many people come across Well Now from non-diet practices such as Health at Every Size® (HAES), Intuitive Eating (IE), or Mindful Eating (ME). I used to think there were only two approaches, diet and non-diet, and I positioned Well Now as a non-diet approach. Then I realised there’s a third paradigm – health-justice.
Well Now is a health-justice approach, rather than a non-diet approach. Making this distinction honours everyone’s scholarship, prevents assimilation and fosters a liberatory praxis. Please do this!
In kindness and respect,
Tel: 07789 471652