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Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.

The One?

Peter Nicholson

Multiple Modalities
My foot still hurts. Hope for a quick solution has faded. But I am learning to listen better, and figure out the combination of approaches that appear to be making a positive difference, including acupuncture and altering my exercise regime. Still, I wish I could just take a pill. Easy. I’m often struck by the desire for a single answer to multifaceted challenges, and the difficulty of learning to resist it.

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What Does Social Cohesion Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

The sole bright spot in all of the harrowing devastation seen from Oaxaca to Texas to the Caribbean is the shining demonstration of neighborliness. Stories of neighbors checking in on one another, looking out for the elderly woman down the hall, or the young family down the street. In resilience planning, this is evidence of social cohesion and considered a vital component to preparing for climate change impacts, among other threats. But what does social cohesion even mean?

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This Week In History

Peter Toth

A group of four unsuspecting teenagers in southern France made a remarkable discovery in September 1940: the Lascaux Cave paintings, ancient works of art that had survived nearly 20,000 years. They are a reminder not only of the vastness of history, even for our own relatively young species, but also of the innate creative spark and need for self-expression that has always been a part of humanity.

What Does Developmental Evaluation Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

How do we define success, let alone measure it, when intervening in complex challenges like climate change or poverty? The goals seem to evolve over time as conditions change. An emerging evaluation method, called developmental evaluation (DE), can be applied when the definition of and path to success is unclear. But what does developmental evaluation even mean?

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