1-Physiological Needs – Food/Water
2-Security Needs – Shelter/Safety
3-Belongingness Needs – Socialization/Friendship
4-Esteem Needs – Status Within Community
5-Self Actualization Needs – Achievement
The basic premise here is that if you are starving, its hard to focus on achievement. If you don’t feel safe, you don’t have the full resources (mental faculties) to concentrate on much else until you feel safe again.
In business Maslow’s theory gets applied much in the same way. For my social activism goals it directly applies to what my nonprofit will be doing in communities to end human-caused victimization.
I am going to show the community how to be a community again using Maslow’s theory. When I give workshops and lectures here in prison regarding personal change I have a metaphor I use, following the same principal.
If each person is a house, the government has condemned ours (prisoners) and have instructed us to go fix them. So we come to prison and get a hammer and nails. But, we soon realize we must carry a sword and shield to defend our home (our bodies, minds, and spirits) from attackers. In essence, we don’t feel safe (tier 2) and until we feel safe, not much else is gonna get done. Its hard, impossible, to use a hammer and nail when you are carrying a sword and shield.
I will do this in the community, block by block if I have too.
Me and Abraham Maslow are gonna change the world.