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Dec
13

Consider Yourself a Community Healer

“How many of you are ministers?” the speaker asked. Years ago at a spiritual growth retreat, I kept my hand down. I wasn’t trained to lead congregations. He went on ...

Nov
15

Limitless Thinking for New Solutions

Limitless. That was TEDMED 2017’s theme this month. Many of the talks were introduced with “what if” statements. “What if electricity were medicine?” “What if we could detect ...

Sep
20

To Reduce Impact of Natural Disasters, Strengthen Social Ties

Layered deeply in the process of healthy community work, so integral they can be overlooked, are two key factors that impact our ability to survive and thrive: trusting relationships and ...

Jun
14

Good Neighbors Address Rural Health Disparities

I grew up in southern Michigan near a small town with only a thousand people. I lived in the “country.” That’s what we called anything outside of the one-square-mile town ...

Apr
13

Why Well-Being for Each of Us is Well-Being for All of Us

In an atmosphere of protecting our “benefits,” we act in ways that are self-serving on the surface, yet don’t result in the long-term benefits that we think they do. Consider ...

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 ...

Dec
16

United We Thrive, Divided We Fail

In early 2016, I shared my hope that in the new year we’d hear stories about deeper social connectedness that would outshine the media narratives in 2015 centering ...

Jun
15

Check Your Leadership Lens Before Embarking on Collective Impact

“We think we want to do Collective Impact. How do we get started?” When asked this question by a staff of a nonprofit organization striving to improve the health of their community, ...

Apr
13

At the Intersection of Human Connection and Equity

At the fifth Safe Routes to School National Conference, the theme was Intersections: Where Transportation and Health Meet. The sessions were enlightening, and the intersection theme went even deeper. Throughout ...

Mar
23

A Fresh Model for Community-Driven Change

Active Living By Design is about to launch a fresh model for community-driven change to reflect the evolution of our field’s growth. It reminds me of how far we’ve come. Early ...

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