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OUR GUIDING ETHOS

Every element of New Seneca Village was designed using our definition of Right Relationship to ensure that 
all of our offerings and work are in alignment with our mission.

We develop our organizational structure, governance models, offerings, partnerships and funding relationships within the following principles in order to practice creating a Just Future today.

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INTERCONNECTION

Everything on this planet is intimately and inextricably connected.

 

Our interconnection reinforces our deep understanding of the rightness of justice and of the necessity of transformative community.

 

Interconnection proves that resources are for all and that there is “enough” for everyone.

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RESTORATION

The intentional healing and returning of a person to their Self and their purpose, to their community and to their humanity is a contribution to society.

 

Restoration honors the sovereignty and contribution of an individual so that they live their purpose from a resourced place. 

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EVOLUTION

Endowed with infinite potential, humanity is fully capable of creating a Just future, wherein all beings on this planet are free to live with dignity, agency and access to resources in abundance.

What Right Relationship looks like now : Founding Commitments

How we intend to practice as we expand and grow

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Living Wage + Salary Ratios

Staff will receive generous compensation and benefits packages, including  meals.

Salaries will be competitive to the nearest international market, with no gaps between “white collar” and “blue collar” jobs.

 

We will prioritize hiring local BIPOC staff.

Mission-Driven
Land Trust

Within seven years of sustained operation, NSV will transition to a mission-driven land trust model.

 

This will ensure, in perpetuity, right stewardship of the land alongside ongoing operations of the retreat center and network, supported by the founding endowment. 

Vendor Ecosystem

NSV has a commitment to source Black, Indigenous and people of color vendors for all of our needs, including supplies and services, with a local vendor contract commitment of at least 15%.

NSV is committed to lifting up and amplifying this vendor ecosystem. 

Community Governance

New Seneca Village (NSV) will be governed by a board of Black, Indigenous and people of color leaders. 

 

Board membership will be made up of 1/3  Native residents of the land on which NSV is built with remaining member seats filled by NSV Villagers, 35% of whom will be Black American descendants of American/Caribbean enslaved ancestors.

Villagers at large will participate in decision-making through surveys and quarterly Town Halls.

Social Catalyst Funds

Community governed funds that receive 2.5% of New Seneca Village's endowment for local, national and international investment in social innovation projects.

Place Fund: Invests in local BIPOC initiatives within NSV’s home county with 50% local Indigenous Leadership.

Expansion Fund: Invests in national & international BIPOC  initiatives with at least 50% Black American Leadership

Design Build Team

New Seneca Village is designed to center BIPOC women, ensure right relationship land stewardship and equal access. 

We will hire a Design Team of BIWOC professionals; architects, interior and landscape designers, disability access experts, and a design centered psychologist to develop a design that is accessible, inclusive and inspiring.

We will lift up and amplify above professionals as part of our Design Team Challenge.

Villagers participating in our pilot residencies will provide research & development for the Design Team.

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New Seneca Village is named in honor of Seneca Village,

a community founded and led by free Black people

in New York City in 1825.

 

Seneca Village grew to boast 3 churches, a Black grade school and the highest rates of home ownership in NYC. It was also one of the only integrated multi-racial communities in early NYC, welcoming Irish and German immigrants.

This thriving village was destroyed

in order to build Central Park. 

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New Seneca Village is designed with the intention to care

for one another as if we are all residents of a prosperous, inclusive and living community. 

Because we are. 

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Indigenous Acknowledgement

National

As a remote organization whose pilot year model includes travel to natural settings across the country, we acknowledge that we are located on various stolen Lands that are sacred to a number of Indigenous Peoples, including but not limited to Tribes, Nations, and Peoples such as: Coosati, Muskoke, Ohlone, Snohomish.

We are grateful to the Indigenous Peoples who cared for and stewarded these lands in Right Relationship from the beginning.  We are clear that our ongoing presence on this land is egregious. 

Global

We also want to acknowledge all people who have been forced from their own indigenous lands, practices and ancestors due to de-humanizing, economic, political, violent or climate related transgressions of others.