WISER

We want to make the world a better place for our children and their children. We are taking the long-view; planting seeds now, so future generations will benefit. Our vision is that all people are respected and have meaningful opportunities to develop their gifts. Our mission is to empower people to build inclusive communities and equitable access to resources in health, education and economic markets.

We are WISER, the Workie Institute for Social and Educational Research.
Be inclusive.
Be the change.
UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM

SOCIAL EXCLUSION

WHAT IS SOCIAL EXCLUSION?

Social exclusion can mean different things to different people. On one hand, social exclusion is being ostracized in your school, family, workplace, or community. On the other hand, social exclusion is being left out or marginalized by society. Both forms devastate lives. WISER is here to change that.

WHAT IS SOCIAL INCLUSION?

Social inclusion means valuing people and respecting differences. It means honoring everyone's rights and granting full access to shared resources, like health, education and economic markets, so people can meet their basic needs. Social inclusion is on a spectrum with social exclusion on the opposite end.

Too many people are left out in the fringes of society. Left out from social relationships. Left out from health, education and economic markets. Often, it is because they are different in some way -- their ethnicity, language, physical or intellectual ability, sexuality, religion or another part of their identity. Using differences to exclude people leads to bullying and discrimination. WISER is raising a standard to stop that sort of exclusion. We are building inclusive communities around the world.
A FORM OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Bullying

Power imbalance is a core element of bullying. One in 4 youth report being bullied at school. Social exclusion is a bullying tactic that is used almost 30% of the time. Bullying hurts a child's health, mental health, and grades. Bullying also hurts children who see it happening.

A FORM OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Discrimination

When bullying is based on someone's identity, it can be discriminatory harassment or a hate crime. In the U.S. hate crimes against Muslims increased by 67% in 2015. We also saw an uptick in anti-Jewish, anti-Black, and anti-LGBT hate crimes. Organized hate groups are on the rise in some parts of the country.

A FORM OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Social Injustice

Millions of people around the world are excluded. For example, some countries do not allow women to own land. Some ethnic and religious minorities are pushed out and become stateless. Some law enforcement systems favor one group over another. These social structures exclude groups from equitable access to resources.

It's time to get involved.
We need your help.

WHO WE ARE

TRUTH TELLERS
BRAVE HEARTS
CREATIVE DISRUPTERS

The WISER Approach

WISER has a unique approach that connects the dots between two types of social exclusion -- bullying and systematic barriers to society. Exploring the two together may lead to new insights and solutions. WISER's approach is also unique because it presents scientific findings to everyday people through various art forms.
SCIENCE

What if the answers are already out there? There is an impressive body of social science research that could help. We will use the scientific process to understand the psychology of behaviors like inclusion, exclusion and cooperation.

ART

Reports and webinars are great. But learning is best when you are having fun. There is power in sharing information through different art forms. We plan to use short films, comic books, video games, music and other mediums.

COMMUNITY

We believe in human dignity.  We want to create a world where all people are respected and have meaningful opportunity to develop their gifts. That is why we want to get social research to you and Everyday People in your community.

INCLUSION

Whether a group of people are withholding important information from a co-worker or blocking a minority group from the voting process - the root behavior is social exclusion.  WISER helps communities move from exclusion to inclusion.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS