Connected to Place


Consulting Services

Connected to Place supports the Design, Implementation, Leadership and Evaluation of Smart, Efficient and Impactful Networks for Social Change. With expertise in network strategies, collective impact, qualitative research, education reform, sustainability, behavioral science and sustainable transportation, Matt Biggar, Principal of Connected to Place, supports networks, partnerships, collaboratives and organizations in improving communities, the environment and our individual quality of life.

Writing: Community and Nature in Everyday Life

Matt Biggar, Ph.D., writes about living connected to place in Medium and his blog.

Connected to place is about finding meaning, happiness and hope in our everyday lives and communities.  Strong relationships among people, nature and organizations in the local context promote individual, community and environmental well-being. Living deeply connected to place is entirely possible but requires transformative change in conditions encountered in our everyday life.

  • Nature is abundant, accessible and nearby.
  • Public space is safe, attractive and car-free.
  • Healthy, active transportation modes are available and easily accessed.
  • Energy is locally produced and conserved.
  • Food is local, healthy and seasonal.
  • Material goods are shared and treasured with minimal waste.
  • Local businesses, products and services are abundant.
  • Schools are community centers.
  • Learning regularly takes place in the local community and nature.
  • Regional destinations are preferred for most trips and vacations.