There are times in society when pieces of a picture come together and an overall shape begins to emerge. The current manifestations of failing health and wellbeing on every existing societal front are one such example. As the wisest and most visionary among us counseled, the COVID-19 pandemic would turn out to be a portal of discovery—of ourselves, and of the world in which we live. The co-traumas of the pandemic and the boiling over of systemic racism, joined by climate crisis, did indeed prove to be such a portal. And we are now as if standing in the doorway beholding the vast sweeps of what humanity has wrought.

So what now?

This issue of Nonprofit Quarterly Magazine asks “How do we build a world based in love?,” and put the answers into practice, perhaps we will find ourselves in the future looking through that doorway onto a very different landscape from the one we are looking onto now.

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