Connection Resource Collection

Myriad research, tools and general resources on human connection have been linked here.

Research

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No Greater Mission. No Greater Means.

New research by the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution examines how national service and the bridgebuilding community can help build bridges across polarized lines of difference, increasing trust and collaboration across our divides.

Americans Deserve the Full Story

A new study conducted by Starts With Us, the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, and Common Ground Committee found that hyper-partisan politicians received more than four times the news coverage bipartisan problem solvers did around the 2022 midterm elections.

  • The Belonging Barometer: The State of Belonging in America

The Belonging Barometer: The State of Belonging in America

Belonging is vital to our individual and societal health, but it can be notoriously difficult to measure. The Belonging Barometer report, recently released by Over Zero and the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council, provides a first-of-its-kind measure of belonging that is robust, accessible, and readily deployable in efforts to strengthen community resilience and social cohesion. It also shares findings from a national survey to give a baseline snapshot of the state of belonging in our country.

Tools

Solutions Story Tracker

The Solutions Story Tracker is a growing archive of journalism content that elevates rigorous solutions to social problems. Created by Solutions Journalism Network, the database is dynamic and searchable, with each story tagged by issue, location, journalist, and insights about what works.

Bridging – Towards a Society Built on Belonging

This animated explainer video offers an overview of bridging and breaking and of the fraught, uncertain context that’s stoking anxiety and othering. john a. powell describes how our social responses to the overlapping challenges at hand are shaped by our understanding of who we are and who belongs.

Other Resources

  • No Greater Mission. No Greater Means. cover

No Greater Mission. No Greater Means.

New research by the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution examines how national service and the bridgebuilding community can help build bridges across polarized lines of difference, increasing trust and collaboration across our divides.

August Resources

WATCH | Irshad Manji’s 5-Step Formula for Overcoming Division in Your Life Author and educator Irshad Manji introduces a 5-step method for improving communication and avoiding contentious debate. Each step works to decrease defensive

June Resources

READ | To Start Children on the Right Path, Funders Seek to Strengthen Earliest Relationships We are seeing a growing interest among funders to invest in early relational health. Our Bonding Strategy Lead Ira Hillman —