Lived Experience language is everywhere these days, from titles to resume’ descriptions.
However, many are limited by how they view lived experience in professional spaces. Where professional titles can often come with credibility and respect, those leading from lived experience can encounter the counter side. A side where stigma and incredibility limit professional options and authority.
We haven’t had the language to explain why Lived Experience should be at the table in every professional setting, and we haven’t intentionally created professional systems to support this expertise. Both of which diminish what lived experience can offer.
Professional standards provide the basis of value. Understanding how lived experience can be employed helps expand opportunities and refine LE expertise in practical AND impactful ways.