The Praxis Project is a national organization that works in partnership with national, tribal, regional, state, and local partners to achieve health justice for all communities. Our mission is to build healthy communities by transforming the power relationships and structures that affect our lives and our communities. Praxis supports policy advocacy and local organizing as part of a comprehensive strategy for change. We emphasize developing fields of work in ways that encourage multi-level trans-disciplinary learning and collaboration across issues, across the country and across the globe. National, multi-site initiatives are a core part of our work as they operate as “laboratories” where we learn and share lessons for application in related fields to help us collectively move the work of health justice further, faster.
We believe that building local power is critical to making real and sustainable change. By emphasizing local initiatives, we are truly advancing the potential of our democracy by learning to work together, govern together, by making all of our voices heard, forging shared visions, and implementing disruptive, cutting-edge work.
The “local” is especially important as our communities are often concentrated in urban and rural areas that are marginalized in the regular course of state and federal policy making. As statewide initiatives tend to focus where legislative interest and power resides, these business-as-usual initiatives can contribute to the disenfranchisement of cities and rural areas and further privilege suburban areas. Building local power with national vision and coordination is building democracy from the bottom up.
Praxis is dedicated to the principles of popular education and provides training and education frameworks that deeply value participation and experiential learning. We are committed to building power in communities that are often marginalized in policy making. Projects with the potential for building long term infrastructure for change are a priority as addressing root causes is a long-term project.
One of our core strategies is to “speak truth to build power.” Effective communications is a critical part of a successful change strategy. Re-framing does not happen with one smart media bite or in a few interviews, or only in English. Praxis takes complex concepts and puts it into plain language – actually, in two languages as staff does training and consultation in both English and Spanish.
Our work is based on good research and evaluation. This is the Information Age and research is the new currency in policy making. Praxis develops information to help shape policy and strategy in this shifting social climate. We examine the context as well as the content of policy initiatives to provide credible information that advocates can use.
Money making a difference. Praxis is committed leveraging resources to expand change infrastructure in communities hard hit by social problems. Working with traditional philanthropic partners and others, Praxis raised more than $20 million for advocacy organizations nationwide. We also work with investors on funding change strategies to help identify gaps and change investment opportunities.