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Reimagining Reparations to Advance Justice: Building a Culture of Repair

Aria Florant July 13, 2022

The issue of reparations has gained considerable momentum in both public conversation and municipalities across the country. Evanston, IL. passed reparations legislation, and public support for reparations is increasing. However, many define reparations narrowly – as cash payments, relegated to the public sector, and only benefitting Black people. We are on a mission to change this.

Liberation Ventures, with support from PolicyLink, is broadening and normalizing the issue of reparations. Put simply, reparations for slavery and its legacy are not just about money, or policy; reparations is comprehensive repair, and requires shifting narratives and ultimately culture. We believe that building a culture of repair across sectors benefits not just Black people, but catalyzes a true multiracial democracy – for all of us.

Join this session to workshop Liberation Ventures’ living framework for racial repair, give us your feedback, and learn about how you can apply it to your organization and the change you are seeking in the world.



Meta Themes

  • Justice

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Power and Capital

  • Accountability

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Advance Democracy


Racial justice, Reparations, Multiracial democracy, Field catalyst

Purpose and Desired Outcome

LV’s racial repair framework is a set of concepts, in a continuously iterative cycle: Reckoning: Understanding or grappling with the what, how, and why of actions that have contributed to harm Acknowledgment: Admission that harm has been done Accountability: Ownership and willingness to take responsibility for harmful actions; commitment to non-repetition Redress: Acts of restitution, financial compensation, and rehabilitation; proactive steps taken to embed racial justice into systems It can operate from the micro to the macro, and it is ongoing rather than a one-time event. Its simplicity makes it ‘sticky’ and resonant across a wide range of contexts. It is inherently relational, and requires people of all races to go through the cycle together; it offers that non-Black people have an enormous amount to gain from racial repair, too. Finally, the power of the quartet is in each component’s mutual reinforcement of each other. Alone, each component feels unsatisfactory. Together, they make each other real. The purpose of the framework is to create a blueprint for what comprehensive repair comprises, and build the capacity of institutions across sectors to repair harm any time it is caused. LV is currently writing a report, to be published in the fall, that explores a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary evidence behind why repair is so beneficial to individuals and society. But when it comes to a concept as messy as repair, we are learning – so this is a living framework, and we need all types of people to help us iterate on it! We hope that participants leave the workshop with a fresh, expansive definition of comprehensive reparations, readiness to get engaged in the reparations movement, and equipped with tools to begin building a culture of repair within their community or organization.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Service Providers

  • Academia

  • Government

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Corporate & SME

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers


  • NameAria Florant
  • TitleCo-Founder & Managing Director
  • OrganizationLiberation Ventures
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMichael McAfee
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationPolicyLink
  • StatusConfirmed
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