Building Capacity for Collaborative, Inclusive Problem Solving [2 of10]
Cultivating Integrity [4 of 10]
As social architects, we create spaces that invite dialogue necessary to tackle difficult social issues, to heal legacies of injustice, to solve disparities, and to build together an inclusive future. Much like an architect trains to understand principles of design, materials, physics to build a new structure, we, as social architects, must train our capacity to facilitate the social change we envision. To hold a space that allows for diverse perspectives and promotes collaborative, inclusive problem solving takes effort. Demonstrating our determination to participate in collaborative, inclusive problem solving, we prepare diligently by cultivating our capacity, so that I+U HALT injustice.
Building capacity is not a destination; it is an ongoing process of intending, cultivating, deepening, and expanding how we are. The “I+U HALT” injustice framework outlines six building blocks of capacity that support sharing our power. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor exclusive, rather it offers a starting point to build one’s capacity for inclusive problem solving. I+U HALT is an acronym for the qualities we need to cultivate: Integrity, Understanding, Humility, Awareness, Legitimacy, and Trustworthiness.
 This tool integrates insights and teachings of many. Primary influencing resources: Thich Nhat Hanh, Interbeing, Parallax Press; Joseph Schaeffer, The Stone People: Living Together in a Different World; bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope; and the inclusive role models and mentors: E. Nathaniel Gates, Nancy Nevelhoff Dubler, Hon. Maria-Elena James.