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Getting Touchstone Events Right Matters: Here’s Why

July 16, 2024

Grand Challenges are driven forward by events, large and small. Every meeting provides a surge energized by those bond towards a common goal.

The First Annual Stop Stigma Together Summit is Coming to Salt Lake City This Summer

May 29, 2024

Stop Stigma Together is a crucial Touchstone Event to end the stigma against mental illness and substance use disorder.

The First National Summit to End Stigma: You’re Invited!

May 9, 2024

Learn how this Grand Challenge is scaling exponentially for maximum national impact to reduce mental health stigma together.

Creating a Social Movement? Implement the Plan

April 24, 2024

Implementing the Plan is incredibly exciting because it’s where the rubber meets the road. It creates the impact of a Grand Challenge.

A Grand Challenge Design Summit Unites Participants, Catalyzes Thrust

April 1, 2024

A Design Summit has insularity. The intent is to create a time away from day-to-day life where a new movement can be launched.

Why Is the Health of Nurses So Important?

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Challenge Five Years In

March 8, 2024

America’s 4 million registered nurses are suffering. Their health is worse than the average American in every dimension except smoking.

Want to Drive Change? Recognize Interdependencies

February 15, 2024

Wicked problems are complex system problems that demand interventions and the Grand Challenge methodology is a means of developing them.


Enmeshed in Systems? Change the Gears

January 31, 2024

The world is burning and churning; problems are everywhere. They are formidable because the gears mesh on many levels, keeping multiple systems entrained.


Shatterproof Leads the Charge in Eradicating Addiction Stigma Across America

January 24, 2024

Gary Mendell started Shatterproof to change the way addiction is viewed in America. This is a real-world, real-time state and community-based example of the Collective Impact model.


January 22, 2024

The four-armed, elephant-headed god of the Hindu pantheon is the remover of obstacles and the bearer of good fortune. The wooden sculpture pictured accompanied Laura and me […]

Gathering Allies

Creating a Social Movement? Gather Allies!

January 17, 2024

Gathering allies increases the momentum and impact of a Grand Challenge; directs the energy of diverse Champions to completion; builds coalitions for the Common Agenda, and increases government involvement.

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Strategic Foresight: How to See Around Corners

January 3, 2024

What do you believe will happen in the future? How confident are you about your beliefs? The core purpose of Strategic Foresight is to help you answer these two questions.


Thriving Earth Exchange: A Grand Challenge for Community Science

December 13, 2023

The AGU advocates for community science, which centers community priorities, respects their strengths, shares leadership and advances equity.

Galvanize Your Grand Challenge Leadership with a Design Studio

Galvanize Your Grand Challenge Leadership with a Design Studio

November 15, 2023

The Design Studio is the first meeting of your leaders, so it is a crucial opportunity to ignite their passion before beginning the work. I use JumpStart Storytelling to activate their hearts and achieve a different quality of engagement.

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