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Behavior Change: Five Lessons Learned From The Tobacco Wars

by Sharon Carothers “Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.” Compelling? Urgent? Makes you think, “Sign me up to help,” right? Well, not necessarily. As with any transformational change, it depends on where you sit in the world – your job, priorities, and cultural norms. For more than a decade, my work in the field of tobacco control was focused on helping to build a …Read More

The Complexity of Collaboration

by Amy Farley Goals such as “ending childhood hunger” or “building a healthcare system that works for all” are aimed at complex problems and generally require complex solutions. We all know that these types of problems can’t be solved by just one person, but the need to engage cross-sector stakeholders – most often times individuals who have vastly different perspectives on the problem and potential solutions – adds yet another …Read More

Is it possible to solve a social problem? Two cities just did.

By Sara Brenner Over the holiday season, one city’s bold goal captured the press spotlight: the mayor of Phoenix announced on December 18 that the city had ended veteran’s homelessness. And then on January 6, Salt Lake City announced that they also had ended homelessness among military veterans. Both announcements reflect the power of setting bold goals and mobilizing cross-sector collaboration in pursuit of such goals Both cities’ efforts were …Read More

Insight #5: Communications is Strategy

This is the twelfth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners  has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. Communications is strategy for those working to create transformational change. It’s not an afterthought but a critical cornerstone of the strategy to solve a social problem. Scott Case, the former CEO of Malaria No More—an organization that is part of the …Read More