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Find your community (or create it)

      By Tom Peterson In the words of an internet meme, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” The converse is also true: your tribe attracts your vibe—folks like you may be “calling” you. Like magnets, people with similar passions tend to find each other. In the real world, they eat, work or meet together. Virtually […]

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Pick your friends: why it matters

    By Tom Peterson “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Hoffman and Casnocha Who do you hang out with? Do you nourish and stretch each other? Do you help each other get through challenges and move toward dreams? […]

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Randy Salzman on Design Thinking

        Randy Salzman, seen here with co-author and wife Jeanne Liedtka, is a journalist and former communications professor at the University of Virginia. Along with Liedka and Daisy Azer, he is co-author of the recently published Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector.  Interview by Tom Peterson What is design-thinking? […]

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Community of Cause: shared purpose and commitment

      “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” —Gandhi World change doesn’t come about because of a single person working alone. Period. It simply doesn’t happen. Individuals can share their visions, pioneer new ways of thinking or doing, act with […]

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World Change on Flipboard

View my Flipboard Magazine. Click on the above image or HERE to visit Thunderhead Work’s “World Change” Flipboard Magazine.  You can see more than 170 articles from different publications about people changing the world through imagination, persistence and community. And all the other ingredients that help us move forward. Follow the link and then click […]

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Call to Action: specific, compelling, doable

  Be clear about what you want people to do.    By Tom Peterson Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth gives an inside look at a presentation the former vice president made more than a thousand times. After two hours of information alerting the audience to the crisis of climate change, Gore ends with […]

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Asset Mapping, a powerful tool for improving communities

            By Tom Peterson On a Friday morning in August, some three dozen people gather in a large meeting room at the Forsyth County health department in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Down the halls are public clinics and offices for the staff who inspect restaurants, track diseases, or otherwise keep the […]

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