• Nicole Lisson

Collective Care in Action

Updated: May 11, 2021

“AUCKLAND, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would give couples who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth three days of paid leave, putting the country in the vanguard of those providing such benefits.”

Ginny Anderson, MP, author of legislation

Here is a modern example of matristic leading: caring for the collective. The New Zealand Parliament voted unanimously to provide families time to grieve the loss of a child. The news arrives at a moment when many of us are desperately looking to restore both our optimism and our connections to humanity.

No human ancestor nor rural villager would be surprised at such an allocation of resources; no lion nor elephant would hesitate to do the same. Our brains evolved for collective caring. Sadly, for many of us schooled in industrial nations, the COVID pandemic has illuminated the importance of a robust collective – often for the first time.

Our brains are longing for healthy communities. Let’s follow this example. Let’s turn our communities to shared wellbeing.

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