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Mar
29

Culture Change Happens Up Close

I spend a lot of my time trying to convince foundations and coalitions that authentic community engagement is the best way to work…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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