Blog

Jun
21

America’s Obsession with Individualism Is Making Us Sick

Developing upstream solutions to social problems is more effective than scrambling to apply reactive remedies downstream. Whether you call it prevention or “nippin’ it in the bud,” looking upstream leads ...

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 ...

Dec
08

How Nonprofits Can Thrive In a Post-Fact World

If a fact exists in a forest and no one is there to believe it, is it still true? You’ve probably heard by now that we’re living in a “post-fact” ...

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 work can subtly undermine our best ...

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 messaging, with its jargon and dense data ...

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 the meaning of life—but after two hours ...

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 ...

Jan
27

Advance Your Work by Telling Stories

When nonprofit and community leaders share our progress in creating healthy community change, we use data and stories as our primary tools. We rely on data to track changes, discover ...

Sep
30

Propelling the Movement for Change

Reflections from Voices for Healthy Kids As advocates, each year we look with hope for new statistics that may show us more signs of progress in the obesity epidemic. Some good ...

Dec
10

Social Media’s Role in Building Stronger Community Connections

While debate continues about the implications of shorter and shorter content on social media, do we know anything about whether these channels help improve our networks or strengthen relationships? A ...

Search Our Blog

Archives

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012