WHAT BETTER LOOKS LIKE: An Introduction
by Liz Graydon
In 1992, while teaching an 8th Grade Social Studies class, I offered my students the following challenge: “You are the future-it is up to you to make the world a better place.”
An extraordinary young woman named Jessica challenged back, “What would better look like?”
She responded, “This is how the world is. If you want me to make it better, what would that look like?”
For the last twenty years, Jessica’s question has become my North Star—the guiding light that has shaped my choices as I move through life. As I have come closer to answering the question in my own life, I have felt the need to open the discussion to a wider audience. In response, my husband, Rob Graydon, filmmaker, and I created What BETTER Looks Like. What BETTER Looks Like, through films, Public Service Announcements, Education Programs, and other creative projects opens a dialogue into the question “What would better look like?” We invite people, through us and with each other, to dialogue about the question and seek positive answers.
When it came time for us to incorporate, I wanted to find Jessica to let her know how her question had affected me. After a quick Google search, I found her, giving us the opportunity to reconnect. Twenty years after she asked her unforgettable question, I had the honor of attending her wedding.
AMAHORO (PEACE) WOMEN: An Introduction
by Liz Graydon
In September of 2007, six of our founding members attended a conference on Women, Power and Peace at the Omega Institute in New York. Among the attendees was Christine Schuler Deschryver who works with women who have been victims of extreme violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Her stories left us shaken, disturbed and moved. On the last day of the conference, Robin Deluca-Acconi, said to the rest of us, “Tomorrow these women are getting on planes and heading back to face these same conditions. Are we okay with that?” Our answer to that question led us to create Amahoro Women, a very special aspect of the What BETTER Looks Like Campaign. Amahoro means “peace” in Kinyarwandan, the language of Rwanda.
AMAHORO WOMEN IN RWANDA/CONGO