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Dec
17

Will Protest and Policy Lead to Change We Can Believe In?

The “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson, MO, in response to the fatal shooting of Michael (Hands Up, Don’t Shoot) Brown—and my view that his death is a public ...

Dec
10

Social Media’s Role in Building Stronger Community Connections

While debate continues about the implications of shorter and shorter content on social media, do we know anything about whether these channels help improve our networks or strengthen relationships? A ...

Dec
04

Ask a Dad: How to Raise a Partnership

Last week, my son turned 18 months old. This may not seem significant, but my partner and I are celebrating. We have reached this milestone together by navigating some frustrating ...

Nov
19

Are We Taking Play Seriously?

There is nothing frivolous about children’s play. It is so important that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recognizes “the right of the child to rest ...

Nov
12

Growing Food and Planning Connections

Ten years ago, professional planners and nutritionists rarely sat at the same table, let alone shared a common vision. The recent release of the Growing Food Connections (GFC) Policy ...

Nov
06

Test, Then Invest: Pilot Projects

Active transportation advocates have had a big year. The United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, announced a new initiative to enhance pedestrian and biking safety nationwide, and ...

Oct
29

Why Michael Brown’s Death is a Public Health Problem

Unsupervised, make-shift play spaces are not uncommon in economically disadvantaged communities. Does this increase the risk of life-threatening encounters with law enforcement? The recent “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, ...

Oct
22

NPR’s Terry Gross on Connecting with Others

If you want to know how to engage in a meaningful conversation with someone you’ve never met, listen to Terry Gross speak. I had the pleasure of hearing her ...

Oct
15

3 Advocacy Lessons from a Door-to-Door Salesman

“Hello, my name is Tim Schwantes. I’m a college student who was recently talking with your neighbors about these educational books for school-aged kids. They were really interested in hearing ...

Oct
08

Exploring New Waters

Think you’ve exhausted all options? Reach out to some new players. Stretching beyond one’s comfort zone and into a different field of work can be intimidating. “I try to stay in ...

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