Seth Kahan

Stay on Track!

Sometimes life is about perseverance and staying the course. It’s one of the hardest lessons because it means persisting through setbacks, and when they’re happening it’s easy to get lost in the setting back. That’s when you have to have some kind of compass to guide you through, whether it’s the longing of your own …

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Grace

I was in Manhattan last week to meet with the Ad Council (of Rosie the Riveter and Smokey the Bear fame), United Jewish Appeal, and the Jed Foundation. As I walked the streets, one building seemed to jump out at me, the Grace building. The letters loomed large, G R A C E. My sister, …

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Transiting Worlds

From the back country woods of Virginia to downtown Manhattan in 72 hours. We all have experienced going from one world to another. How does the human brain do it? It could be as subtle as going from the classroom to the office, or home to work. Different mores, norms, and taboos – no problem! …

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Transiting Worlds

Balance

For many years I provided leadership training at the Goddard Space Flight Center. During that time, I had the opportunity to deliver two keynotes at a retreat for the Academy of Program Project and Engineering Leadership, or APPEL, NASA’s senior-most project managers. The managers at APPEL have been in their positions for decades, overseeing projects …

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4 Goals from the Mental Health Anti-Stigma Design Summit

If you’re planning a Design Summit for your Grand Challenge, look at what we put together for the Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s Grand Challenge to end the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders. Feel free to borrow it for your work. Our mission statement is to unite all our passion, drive, and expertise …

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4 Goals from the Mental Health Anti-Stigma Design Summit

Pacing

The tree above has been dripping sap for days on a trail I regularly take. It’s been dripping sap for years. It’s just this one drip that is taking days. Whenever I walk past it, I am reminded how nature has its cycles. The process of a star collapsing could easily take a million years …

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Coordination and Communication for Grand Challenges

I’ve just concluded the design summit for the Grand Challenge to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. The conference was a great success, with over 130 organizations present. The summit’s success means lots of work to be done in terms of scaling up to support everyone involved. What s the best …

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Taking Action

I am at the Snowbird resort outside Salt Lake City. The drive was gorgeous as fall foliage was peaking up the mountainsides. Golden trees everywhere, punctuated by evergreens. I am here to kick off our national network for the Grand Challenge to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. We have over …

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Upbeat Ambiance

At our upcoming Design Summit for the Grand Challenge to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders, we want our attendees to be in a collaborative mood, upbeat, and ready to be creative together. The ambiance is important. I pay particular attention to the music played when attendees enter the room when …

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Overcoming Thresholds

Next week I will be facilitating a Design Summit for the Grand Challenge to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. We have 115 organizations participating. It’s an exponential jump from our last major event, which had representatives from 25 organizations. Granted, it’s to the 1.5 power approximately, but that makes no …

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