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Gary Rudick

Tactical Communication: Law enforcement and beyond

December 9, 2016 Published by

Question: Does anyone know how you stay married for 37 years? Answer: Give her whatever she wants. And that is pretty much how I came to my aha! moment. My wife, Donna, was scheduled to attend a seminar on A Framework for Understanding Poverty in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Dr. Ruby...


Bridges to Hope attains success

December 1, 2016 Published by

by Mark Gregory Originally published November 20, 2016, in The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. Ninety days after being hired, four graduates of the Bridges to Hope program who were employed by Oaklawn Park have a 100% success rate, Oaklawn’s general manager, Eric Jackson, said Friday. “Of all the things that I...


Bridges mental model shares big picture and path to policy change

November 22, 2016 Published by

Through the years it has been exciting to watch communities embed the Bridges Out of Poverty model. So many creative ideas have emerged from collaborations, breaking down barriers and moving to next levels. Individuals, institutions, and communities are being changed by this innovation. As the movement spread and more people...


Morning conversations – Bridges Out of Poverty

November 18, 2016 Published by

by Tammy B. Schoonover, Bucks County Opportunity Council Conversation is an art that is slowly fading from our world of instant messaging and cryptic texting. Conversation at its best: Is personal, meaningful, and courageous Is an exchange of ideas and thoughts Allows deeper understanding and sets the foundation for the...


Sustainability project lifts resource burden for low-income students

November 15, 2016 Published by

Sarah Wright is currently helping to implement Investigations into Economic Class in America at North Carolina State University and will present a free webinar in the coming months. This excerpt from an article Wright sent us discusses an effort to recycle unwanted household goods at NC State. By connecting students...

Gary Rudick

Bridges to safe communities: The books are gone, and that’s good

November 8, 2016 Published by

It is the last day of a four-day training in Tactical Communication at the Muskogee Police Department in Oklahoma, and the final members of the department are coming through now. At the start of the training I put out 80 Tactical Communication books provided through the Oklahoma Office of Homeland...


New book ‘treats’ poverty with model based on medical service delivery

November 1, 2016 Published by

Poverty is not a character flaw; it is a condition that requires treatment. Poverty has reached epidemic proportions, and the current U.S. system for addressing it is disjointed, unscientific, and unsustainable—in fact, it isn’t really a system at all. In an “industry” of good intentions, stigma and benign neglect rather...


Baytown paper shines a light on Ruby Payne

October 30, 2016 Published by

First published October 26, 2016, in The Baytown Sun Ruby Payne always wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite pretend was that her dolls were the children in her classroom. As the oldest of six children, she insisted that her siblings play school with her and she was the teacher....

Gary Rudick

Bridges to safe communities: Training begins

October 26, 2016 Published by

Day 1 of our Tactical Communication training begins, and the officers arrive with questions. We are at the Martin Luther KingEvent Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a beautiful facility with first-rate services. “Is this about how to talk to terrorists?” “Are we learning how to talk during a hostage crisis or...