When asking for funding for your social service project, emphasize what is going right and how your work employs these strengths to improve people's lives. Focusing on neediness only reinforces "treatment" strategies that actually weaken rather than build community.
Dorian Gray's logic – “What did it matter what happened to the coloured image on the canvas? He would be safe. That was everything.” – is precisely the logic of the gated community. In this morality tale, a social system based on greed and buttressed by fear and repression renders no one, whether within or outside the gate, truly safe. How do we shape desirable communities for all people?