Category: Nature connection

Backbone Support for Cross-Sector Collaboratives (Newsletter)

In this newsletter: California Outdoor Engagement Coalition San Francisco Children and Nature Network Plan for Environmental Literacy in CA Collective Impact Convening, April 3-5 in Austin, TX Resources and Opportunities San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Strategic Plan Planet Vision Latino Outdoors ED Opening Whether working to protect the environment, enhance community health and sustainability, improve educational…

By mbiggar March 1, 2018 0

Hope in the New Year, Part Two: Local Government Action

With a new year ahead and the days growing longer, we can renew our sense of hope for the future. With many national politicians currently more interested in denying social and environmental problems than addressing them, hope may be seem elusive. However, in our complex democracy and system of federalism, state and local government can make policy…

By mbiggar January 29, 2018 0

Making Partnerships for Social Change Work: Common Ground and Funded Support (Newsletter)

Breaking news on a host of problems including gun violence, climate-related disasters, sexual harassment, systemic racism and political propaganda nearly every day is overwhelming and can leave us feeling hopeless. It challenges our ability to cultivate a sense of gratitude during this time of Thanksgiving. We need to look beyond the news and headlines to find reasons for gratitude and hope.…

By mbiggar November 14, 2017 0

Diversity in Everyday Life

  Strengthening our connections to each other and nature in everyday life can help us find greater meaning and happiness. When diversity is present in our daily experience, these deeper connections can also help counteract the growing social divisions in our country and threats to our natural environment. Experiencing human diversity in the places in which we…

By mbiggar November 30, 2016 2

Network Leadership and Place-Based Living (Newsletter)

Fall is here! I enjoyed opportunities this summer to guide planning processes, facilitate meetings and interviews, and write actionable reports and plans. As I reflect on the inspirational work of my clients, the role of network leadership and an emphasis on place-based living seem evermore important in making positive social and environmental change. Network Leadership…

By mbiggar October 5, 2016 0

Behavior Change Research, Strategic Planning and Environmental Literacy (Newsletter)

I hope you are enjoying the long days of summer and finding time to connect with your local environment, community and the people in your lives. I’m pleased to be supporting clients through a variety of projects that all strive, in different ways, to improve the well-being of individuals, communities and the environment. Behavior Change Research In June,…

By mbiggar July 12, 2016 0

Children and Nature Initiative + Transportation Research (Newsletter)

Welcome to my inaugural newsletter! These past few months, I’ve been getting to better know leaders, organizations and collaboratives working on sustainability and conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are many and they are doing such critical, inspiring work. I facilitate and support strategic collaboration among such organizations, helping to advance social change…

By mbiggar May 10, 2016 0