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Nov
09

How to Prepare Your Partnership for Unpredictable Times

While volunteering as a poll monitor yesterday, I helped voters successfully cast their ballots and documented their experiences to improve the process for future voters. As I stood near both ...

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, ...

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 she completed her investigation, however, ...

May
25

These Two Pastors Became Believers—In Young People

The Reverends Richard Joyner and Jeffrey Brown reached turning points in their careers when they realized that the early, preventable deaths in their communities—due primarily to poor nutrition or violent ...

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 ...

Dec
16

Building a Movement for a Culture of Health

At one time or another, almost all of us pledge to be healthier. Eat better, exercise regularly or sleep more. But as we all know, sustaining these efforts over the ...

Jul
22

Look for Mature Leaders to Help Grow Others

The healthy communities movement has high aspirations. We want inclusive, multidisciplinary partnerships. We want real, ongoing engagement of struggling residents in low-income neighborhoods. We want shared priorities and measures of ...

Mar
10

The Missing Link: Women’s Leadership in Bicycling

In many American cities, bicycling is making a comeback. People are dusting off their old bikes and fixing them up for their daily commute. They’re purchasing cargo bikes and special ...

Mar
04

More than Winning

The beloved Coach Dean Smith, recognized in a mural near Chapel Hill After a historic career as a revered college basketball coach, teacher and all around great human being, Dean ...

Aug
07

Can You Get on Board with Los Jets?

Here’s a great storyline. One that has everything: compelling characters, real-life struggles, a hero’s journey and victory in the face of incredible odds. This narrative has played out across America ...

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