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Aug
31

How Power Embedded in English Can Undermine Your Work

Ownership, power, and violence are embedded in the English language. From possessive grammar to catchphrases with violent metaphors, how we communicate about our…

Aug
24

Improve Your Message By Asking Questions—Especially These Questions

Healthy community leaders are constantly aiming to create demand and support for specific changes, and it can be tempting to use traditional health…

Aug
10

Three Lessons My Neighbor Taught Me About Strategic Communication

A recent conversation with a neighbor taught me a few things about understanding. She and I usually disagree about almost everything—from politics to…

Jul
27

One Foundation’s Culture of Learning Enriches a Region

I was recently at a conference with a nationally-recognizable keynote speaker who I had heard a few times over the past few years….

Jul
13

Learning and Growing at a Small-Town Farmers’ Market

On a sunny spring Saturday in 2015 in Zebulon, NC, its Community Center became the town’s very first open air market connecting local…

Jul
06

Does Your Learning Style Support a Culture of Learning?

A Culture of Learning is one of six Essential Practices in Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s Community Action Model. In order to create…

Jun
29

Deeper Lessons to Be Found in Latest Obesity Trends

Two new reports[1] [2]  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),…

Jun
22

Seeing a System of Health Equity Through Community Engagement

When explaining the power of community engagement to reveal and address the invisible causes of health inequities, I draw on my Chinese-American culture…

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…

Jun
08

Community Service Partnership Builds Capacity and New Leaders

Maria Restuccio had never heard of a Splash Park before she researched others in North Carolina and across the country. By the time…

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