The Muppets, Capitol Hill, and Collective Inaction

Working as a “staffer” on Capitol Hill can be difficult, to say the least. I had the opportunity this week to deliver a 2-hour seminar to the people who work in the trenches to support our democracy. It was an interesting experience. […]

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:33+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Culture Change, Mobilization|0 Comments

ACMHA 2014 Summit: Leading the Future of Health

In March, I was invited to deliver a keynote presentation at the ACMHA 2014 Summit, held in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. Reflecting the Summit’s theme, “Leading the Future of Health”, I tailored my remarks to the importance of working strategically across sectors to advance new narratives around mental health and its integration with primary health care systems.  […]

By | 2014-08-15T22:01:51+00:00 March 28th, 2014|News|0 Comments

The American Field Service and Cross-Cultural Collective Action Since WWI

I had the privilege of speaking to the Trustees of the American Field Service (AFS). They assembled this weekend in Long Island for their annual strategic retreat. AFS has a long and distinguished history with cross-cultural learning and exchange. The organization was formed as part of a collective action initiative led by young Americans residing in Paris [...]

By | 2014-08-16T22:52:28+00:00 February 1st, 2014|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact|0 Comments

The Imagine Science Campaign: Collective Action Framework

[ut_highlight color=”#1e73be”] CONCEPT PAPER [/ut_highlight] A Shared Vision for America’s Youth [ut_dropcap style=”two”] W [/ut_dropcap] alt Disney was once quoted as saying: “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” Given what Walt Disney accomplished in his life, he was right. Walt Disney’s achievements are perhaps one of the [...]

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:34+00:00 January 16th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Collective Action by After-School Providers

This month, the presidents and CEOs of some of the nation’s oldest and largest youth development organizations attended a meeting convened by the Noyce Foundation and facilitated by me. At the meeting we discussed whether it was possible for us to collectively increase the number and diversity of students who are interested and literate in science, [...]

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:34+00:00 September 30th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Cultural Narratives and the Great Civic Awakening

I just returned from a week-long visit to Austria and Germany, where I met with leading thinkers in government, business, and the non-profit sectors. The trip was an amazing experience and I come home with a renewed interest in helping to promote collective action across national borders.  […]

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:34+00:00 July 16th, 2013|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact, News|0 Comments

Why We Exist

[ut_dropcap style=”one”] P [/ut_dropcap] eople often ask me why I decided to start Symphonic Strategies. I love having the opportunity to answer that question. It allows me the chance to speak from my heart about my personal passion and mission. So, I decided to write something that articulates why we exist as [...]

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:34+00:00 January 1st, 2013|News|0 Comments