Over five years ago, we debuted a reality-based video on bystander intervention that has grown and evolved into a comprehensive program and has touched and empowered the lives of tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of people.
As we launch RESPONSE ABILITY: A Call for Courage, we enter the next evolution of this much-needed and powerful message…
So, what’s this movement for…really?
RESPONSE ABILITY is a movement. A movement away from the shame, regret and guilt we all feel from being a bystander to any injustice or wrongdoing. A movement towards a whole new world where we are standing up, stepping in, and speaking out against inappropriate, abusive, or unhealthy behaviors. A movement based on a creed that challenges us, inspires us, and moves us to action.
RESPONSE ABILITY believes in our ability to respond to any social situation by going beyond our fears and demonstrating courage in momentary choices — In organizations. In business. In community. In life. — For colleagues. For family. For friends. For strangers.
RESPONSE ABILITY is a community of ordinary people who act as catalysts for extraordinary change. A massive change in the way people treat and support each other. The kind of change that creates a world of security and acceptance. Of respect, fairness and dignity for all. Of people knowing that they matter — that each of us matters.
RESPONSE ABILITY is an evolving collection of educational and empowerment programs designed to give us what we need to access our core commitments and take action to make this difference. A blend of leadership and bystander intervention training. A body of work based on existing theoretical research and distinguished by our own approach and perspectives.
When I produced the award-winning educational video in 2008, I immediately knew something was distinct about this project. This one struck a chord. This one sparked a demand for more. The reason why has showed up in each of the nearly 4,000 stories I have accumulated since. Each story is heartbreaking. Each story is filled with the shame and regret from not intervening in a moment of need. Each story points to the pain we carry with us for the rest of our lives…pain that determines whether we will ever stick our neck out again. Pain that impacts our own confidence and self-esteem.
RESPONSE ABILITY moves us past this pain and gives us permission to go from passive to powerful in life.
If this speaks to you, inspires you, moves you…answer the call!
If it doesn’t speak to you, thanks for checking it out and please share with others.