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The value of a mental model

March 24, 2017 Published by

This is a great mental model! A mental model is a story, analogy, or drawing to explain something. It makes learning so much faster! Research shows sleeping on the left side has lots of health benefits. It allows for waste materials in your body to be removed more easily by...

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From barriers to engagement: Bringing people from poverty into the process

March 22, 2017 Published by

Not long ago I attended a conference conducted by a nationally known not-for-profit. The theme of this association’s conference was ending poverty. As I listened, it became apparent that the executives in the association had failed to ask people in poverty themselves what they thought would be useful in helping...

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David Rockefeller: A life well-lived for 101 years!

March 21, 2017 Published by

The New York Times has an article today about David Rockefeller, who died yesterday (March 20) at age 101. What a remarkable life! He worked well into his 90s. He did not have to do so but became a tireless traveler, banker, and philanthropist. His grandfather, the original John D....

Las Artes Getting Ahead report highlights program successes

March 14, 2017 Published by

Las Artes Arts and Education Center offers a unique learning environment set in one of Tucson, Arizona’s poorest yet most culturally vibrant communities. The center helps youth ages 17–22 to obtain a GED. Many of these students have not been successful in traditional schools and are at risk for under-employment...

Southeast Iowa Bridges initiative offers support, receives award

March 9, 2017 Published by

Lots of great things have been happening in southeast Iowa, and I’d like to give an update on the progress of our Bridges Out of Poverty initiative. Our Getting Ahead groups have been a huge success, and the next-biggest boost has been the partnerships that are being formed between people, classes,...

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Bridges to Saipan

March 7, 2017 Published by

The island of Saipan—135 miles north of Guam—is breathtakingly beautiful, with many natural resources. Their greatest resource? The islanders themselves, who want the best for every child. I was honored to visit with Head Start and K–12 support faculty and staff there in February to talk about Framework and Bridges Out...

Why should my community have aha! Process certified trainers?

March 6, 2017 Published by

As communities begin to gain a deeper understanding of the Bridges model, I am often asked why they would have people become certified in any or all of the sectors. My answer is that having certified trainers is a way to throw open the doors in your community to share the...