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4 Goals from the Mental Health Anti-Stigma Design Summit

October 21, 2022

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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Coordination and Communication for Grand Challenges

October 13, 2022

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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Upbeat Ambiance

October 6, 2022

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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Leadership and Balance

September 22, 2022

What would it be if you could sum up leadership in one word? Inspiration? Dedication? Execution? Strategy? Did you consider balance? In the video above, I share what I learned about leadership and balance while working with NASA. I spent many years teaching leadership training at the Goddard Space Flight Center. During that time, I …

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A Grand Challenge is not a Project

September 9, 2022

I have been using this platform to discuss Grand Challenges– big, bold initiatives that take on some of society’s wickedest problems. A Grand Challenge is NOT a project. While there are similarities, this issue of Visionary Talk focuses on the differences between a Grand Challenge and other projects and initiatives. Watch the video above or …

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Grand Challenge Systems Model for Change

Grand Challenge Systems Model for Change

August 18, 2022

Launching a successful Grand Challenge requires managing several critical elements. In past issues, I’ve covered: the Grand Challenge Upward Spiral, Creating a Social Movement, Ecosystem Activation, and …

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Strategic Foresight in 5 Steps

August 11, 2022

Grand Challenges address socially intractable problems. Wicked problems. Problems that have so many moving parts, it’s difficult to wrap your mind around them – like climate change. …

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Touchstone Events: 7 Steps to Impact Grand Challenges

August 4, 2022

I am event-driven. I believe bringing people together has the most potential for creating the capability and building the bonds that enable social movements – critical to …

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Grand Challenge Design Studio

Grand Challenge Design Studio

July 28, 2022

 I’ve spent the last few months focused on Grand Challenges, using Visionary Talk to highlight models, frameworks, and pertinent case studies that would benefit any large-scale …

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Grand Challenges: Awe-some Work

July 21, 2022

I’ve been talking a lot about elements of a Grand Challenge and the frameworks and models I draw on to create success in dealing with intractable societal …

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The Design Summit: Moving Grand Challenges Forward

July 14, 2022

The Design Summit is the second major event in every Grand Challenge. Unlike the Design Studio – which galvanizes leadership and precedes it – the focus of …

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Activating an Ecosystem for Grand Challenge Success

July 7, 2022

Big, bold initiatives that tackle some of society’s wickedest problems are called Grand Challenges. Successful Grand Challenges rely on several elements, the most impactful being a large …

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Grand Challenge Upward Spiral

Grand Challenge Upward Spiral

June 30, 2022

Many elements are involved in tackling Grand Challenges – big, bold initiatives that take on some of the wickedest problems that society is facing. In my work …

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Implement the Plan

Implement the Plan

June 23, 2022

In 2001, a research team led by Dr. Christina Economos studied four movements that created a flip in societal thinking: Breastfeeding Smoking Cessation Seat Belt Use Recycling …

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