A small working group as been exploring Executive Function & Toxic Stress as a possible theoretical framework for our Collective Impact initiative.

We’re audacious enough to be seeking a ‘Theory of Everything’.

A Theory of Everything

Hmmm, a Theory of Everything from a Child, Youth & Family point of view...
Hmmm, a Theory of Everything from a Child, Youth & Family point of view…

Physicists have been pursuing an ultimate theory ~a theory of everything~ for centuries. A Theory of Everything (from a Physicist’s point of view) would be an unbreakable theoretical framework that would explain all the physical aspects of the universe.

We are seeking a Theory of Everything from a Child, Youth & Family point of view.

Or, as close as we can get.

How will we know when we find it?

First we need criteria by which to assess such a theory.

Here’s a start:

Criteria for an Overarching Theoretical Framework

Does this theory enable us to:

  • Identify assets (what is currently working) in the region?
  • Improve (& resource) what is already working?
  • Identify gaps & fill them?
  • Work cross-culturally?
  • Take a strengths-based approach?
  • Engage the whole community (multi-sectorially) to collectively improve population-level outcomes for children, youth & families?
  • Change policies at the regional & provincial level?
  • Share/scale innovations?
  • Meet the needs of young people from the prenatal period through to the transition to adulthood?
  • Get stuff done (not just talk about it!)

What do you think about these criteria?

What other criteria should we include?

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