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

Climate Change and How We Respond

Here in the Bay Area, we are greatly saddened by the immense loss of lives, homes and buildings in the recent North Bay fires. So soon after the hurricanes that caused heavy damage in Texas and theCaribbean and devastation to islands like Puerto Rico, anticipation of more severe weather events weighs on all of us.…

By mbiggar October 24, 2017 0

Taking Down Walls

Diversity is our reality. In a blog post last Fall, I discussed the importance of biodiversity and human diversity within the places we live and experience everyday. Our connectedness to one another and nature sustains, nourishes and rejuvenates us. Walls separate us, diminish diversity and threaten the ability of people and nature to thrive or even survive. The…

By mbiggar September 12, 2017 1

Facilitating Change in Personal Transportation Behavior (Newsletter)

Connected to Place Summer 2017 Newsletter Content Behavioral Science Research (conference presentation) Education and Outreach, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Social Support, SPUR Social Norms, BayCLIC Electric Vehicles, Cool the Earth Connected to Place Blog In this newsletter, I’m focusing on my transportation behavior-related research and work along with promising new initiatives under way in the Bay Area. Getting…

By mbiggar August 15, 2017 0

Strategic Partnerships and Environmental Education (Newsletter)

Connected to Place Spring 2017 Newsletter Content California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee ChangeScale, a Bay Area environmental education collaborative Recent Publications and Writings Many organizations are working together across communities in California and the Bay Area to connect our children to nature and help them develop environmental literacy. Young people armed with deep knowledge of…

By mbiggar May 18, 2017 0

Collaborative Impact for Environmental Literacy

Thanks to California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee supported by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Ten Strands, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and many other partners around the state, progress is being made to make environmental literacy an integral part of every child’s education. In this post for Ten Strands, I write about the great work ChangeScale is…

By mbiggar May 16, 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