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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 […]

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.

Dogs in Training

May 20, 2024

My daughter and I are training our dogs. In the picture above, we have taken them to […]


May 13, 2024

Driving home from dinner Saturday evening, we saw one of the brightest rainbows I’ve ever witnessed. The […]

Saraswati by the Fruit Bowl

April 29, 2024

I was preparing to cook some dal on Sunday when I looked out onto our deck. There, […]

Securing Support

April 22, 2024

My daughter, Ruchi, is training her dog, Divya, to be a service dog. Ruchi has a form […]

Assistance Required

April 15, 2024

For 18 months after graduating from college, I apprenticed as a handyman. It was a ton of […]

Knot Me

April 1, 2024

I often carry string and instructions for tying knots with me. Knots are amazing, and I like […]

In Training. Do Not Pet.

March 25, 2024

My beloved Kaya wears this sign twice daily when I take her out for training. She is […]

Joy in Service at Work

March 18, 2024

During our first seven days in India we stayed at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi. It […]


March 10, 2024

While I was in Delhi, India. last month I was overwhelmed by the living conditions of so […]


March 4, 2024

Both of the hotels we stayed in during our trip to India put fresh rose petals out […]

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