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Mar
23

It’s Spring. Don’t Just #FindYourPark—Defend Parks for Others

I was a “free-range” kid before that term existed. In the rural Southeast, neighbors’ homes lay miles beyond pastures and tracts of forest. I was a serial trespasser on other ...

Mar
15

Sustainable Thinking: Destination or a State of Being?

When we think about sustaining healthy community change, it can feel a bit like running on a treadmill. It’s hard and, no matter how high we turn up the speed, ...

Mar
08

How Changing Your Writing Style Can Improve Community Engagement

I once knew a guy who couldn’t smell. Anything. At all. And because scent is invisible, his inability to detect it was also invisible. So despite the fact that his ...

Feb
23

Bringing a Health Equity Focus and Facilitative Leadership Practices to Advocacy Efforts

Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s Community Action Model includes six Essential Practices that are critical for creating meaningful and sustained community change. Based on my professional and personal experiences, I ...

Feb
16

A Conversation with Natalie S. Burke about Facilitative Leadership

Some people leave a lasting impression. They live beyond their comfort zones, their vulnerability reminding you that if you don’t try, you almost certainly will fail. They speak their truth ...

Feb
08

Advancing Equity in Two Florida Communities

A Conversation with Laureen Husband Today’s shifting political environment has increased urgency in the struggle for equity. New federal policies will impact the resources we have to address critical community health ...

Feb
01

Community Progress Lies Beyond Your Comfort Zone

As I reflect on 2016 (which all of a sudden seems like another lifetime ago) and the lessons it offered about how polarized and allegedly divided our country is, I’m ...

Jan
13

An Interview with ALBD Board Chair, Niiobli Armah

Niiobli Armah IV is founder of We-Collab, a social change organization that works across public and private sectors to accelerate innovation in local communities. He works at Bloomberg Associates, an ...

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