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Vital Capacities and the Prospects for Thriving Together

If our response to the Covid pandemic had been creation of a system designed to address the needs of all people, the spread of the disease would have slowed, fewer would have died, and economic pain would have been reduced. Bobby Milstein, one of the editors of the Thriving Together Springboard (http://Thriving.US), has been studying the difference between organizing ourselves against adversity versus organizing ourselves FOR well-being. He will share a summary of those dynamics and then, in a dialogue facilitated by Arvind Singhal, participants will exchange insights from complexity thinking. Gary Gunderson will discuss Leading Causes of Life and Dora Barilla, who leads Stakeholder Health (a network of dozens of health care systems), will share her insights. The point? To discover what it takes thrive together by evoking the vital capacities in each of us to help bend the arc of history toward well-being and justice.

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When: Tuesday May 4, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00pm EDT

Where: Virtual on Zoom : https://zoom.us/j/682805713 

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Arvind Singhal, PhD, is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication at The University of Texas at El Paso, and appointed Professor 2, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.  His teaching and research interests include diffusion of innovations, positive deviance, entertainment-education and liberating structure

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH, is Director of System Strategy for ReThink Health and the Rippel Foundation, as well as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In response to the compounding crises of 2020, Bobby was the lead editor of Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America.

 Gary Gunderson, M.Div., D.Min., D.Div. is Vice President for FaithHealth, Professor of Public Health Sciences, & of Religion & the Health of the Public, Wake Forest Baptist Medi­cal Centre & Wake Forest University. He is a writer, woodturner, beekeeper and hiker, and currently chair of Democratic precinct 601 in Winston-Salem.

Dora Barilla, DrPH, is the President of HC2 Strategies and the co-chair of Stakeholder Health.  She is a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Health Policy and Fellowship at Loma Linda University Health and the former VP for Community Health Investment at Providence.   She is deeply committed to community health outcomes.

Prucia Buscell, the series moderator, was formerly communications director at Plexus Institute and has written about complexity-inspired processes in health care, education and other fields.  She is a former newspaper reporter and a freelance writer and editor.