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Resources, tools, and reflections on human connection.

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A Call to Connection

This groundbreaking primer on the state of connection in our nation is now available. Combining scientific research, stories of impact, and recommended practices to help foster deeper connections in our lives, this new primer seeks to ignite a national conversation about why we need each other.

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Welcome

There’s an active and committed ecosystem of actors — community organizers, educators, researchers, policy makers, thought leaders, cultural influencers, and funders — working hard to address America’s crisis of connection. Einhorn Collaborative created this hub to lift up their stories, insights, and reflections. We hope they serve you and the organizations you work in partnership with to bring the power and possibility of human connection into our everyday lives.

Reflections

Stories, insights, and reflections from our team, peers, and partners
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Investing in Civic Education to Safeguard Our Democracy

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The majority of Americans across the political spectrum support more funding to ensure every child receives an adequate civic education, yet over the last twenty years, 44% of school districts reduced how much time educators spend on social studies in elementary schools.

Philanthropy in Action: Local to Global

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Our Building Strategy Lead Jonathan Gruber spoke on a panel with New Pluralists' Executive Director Uma Viswanathan and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Senior Program Officer Sharon Roerty at the Foundation for Social Connection's 2022 End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum.

  • People dancing in the street.

Every City in America Needs Its Own Porchfest

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On the last weekend of August, residents and visitors lined the streets in Black Rock, Connecticut swaying to the electrifying music coming from dozens of residential porches, yards, and driveways. But Black Rock Porchfest is so much more than a music festival; for many, it fosters belonging.

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  • Students in a classroom.

Investing in Civic Education to Safeguard Our Democracy

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The majority of Americans across the political spectrum support more funding to ensure every child receives an adequate civic education, yet over the last twenty years, 44% of school districts reduced how much time educators spend on social studies in elementary schools.

All Reflections

Philanthropy in Action: Local to Global

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Our Building Strategy Lead Jonathan Gruber spoke on a panel with New Pluralists' Executive Director Uma Viswanathan and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Senior Program Officer Sharon Roerty at the Foundation for Social Connection's 2022 End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum.

Stretching towards Hope in 2022

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2021 brought forth many of the same challenges we’d already been grappling with as a country, along with new ones. Social upheaval, political unrest, and the continued impact of the pandemic aggravate our existing fear, anxiety, and loneliness.

The Hidden Tribes of America

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This report from More In Common, published in 2018, explores the forces behind political polarization in the U.S. The report asserts that, rather than two overarching groups, Americans are split across seven distinct tribes based on what they believe. Four of these tribes make up the Exhausted Majority.

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  • People dancing in the street.

Every City in America Needs Its Own Porchfest

By |

On the last weekend of August, residents and visitors lined the streets in Black Rock, Connecticut swaying to the electrifying music coming from dozens of residential porches, yards, and driveways. But Black Rock Porchfest is so much more than a music festival; for many, it fosters belonging.

All Reflections
  • Students in a classroom.

Investing in Civic Education to Safeguard Our Democracy

By |

The majority of Americans across the political spectrum support more funding to ensure every child receives an adequate civic education, yet over the last twenty years, 44% of school districts reduced how much time educators spend on social studies in elementary schools.

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Through the Prism with Michael A. Rebell

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Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, administrator, researcher, and scholar in the field of education law. He is the executive director of the Center for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Center seeks to promote equity and excellence in education and to overcome the gap in educational access and achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students throughout the United States. For the 2022-2023 school year, he is also a part-time Visiting Professor at the Harvard Law School.

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The Effects of Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education

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Findings from a recent study by the American Association of Colleges and Universities indicate that community-engaged learning and civic engagement have positive impacts on students in six key areas, including personal and social responsibility, development of positive mindsets and dispositions, graduation and retention rates, learning gains, intellectual and practical skills, and career-related skills. However, more direct assessments of students' demonstrated skills are needed to complement what we know about these outcomes based on self-reported data.

Philanthropy in Action: Local to Global

By |

Our Building Strategy Lead Jonathan Gruber spoke on a panel with New Pluralists' Executive Director Uma Viswanathan and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Senior Program Officer Sharon Roerty at the Foundation for Social Connection's 2022 End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum.

  • Students in a classroom.

Investing in Civic Education to Safeguard Our Democracy

By |

The majority of Americans across the political spectrum support more funding to ensure every child receives an adequate civic education, yet over the last twenty years, 44% of school districts reduced how much time educators spend on social studies in elementary schools.

  • People dancing in the street.

Every City in America Needs Its Own Porchfest

By |

On the last weekend of August, residents and visitors lined the streets in Black Rock, Connecticut swaying to the electrifying music coming from dozens of residential porches, yards, and driveways. But Black Rock Porchfest is so much more than a music festival; for many, it fosters belonging.

Learn more about the three pillars of Einhorn Collaborative’s strategy: Bonding, Bridging, and Building

This Month’s Resources

Our monthly roundup of the latest tools, research, and reporting from across the fields in which we work
PRACTICE | 10 Ways to Become More Grateful

Take a few minutes each day to try out these practices from our friends at the Greater Good Science Center to nurture a sense of kindness and gratitude for yourself and others.

READ | This Group Has $100 Million and a Big Goal: To Fix America

Pluralism is a practice, and it will take all of us to learn and hone our skills in order to build a healthy, relational, and pluralistic democracy. We are humbled to be part of this New Pluralists effort, and we would love for you to add your voice to the choir.

WATCH | Harvard Negotiator Explains How to Argue

Daniel Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, explains the “tribal traps” that Americans often fall into in conflict situations and how we can get out of these traps by having more productive conversations.

ENGAGE | Pathways to Repair

Listen to a week of conversation, hosted by The Dinner Party, Faith Matters Network, and Rural Assembly, with experts in the work of repair. Take a chance to explore what it means to do right by one another and move through the moments that threaten to tear us apart.

READ | The Story We’re Telling About Youth Mental Health is Hurting Our Kids

The crisis narrative that we are reading about youth mental health is shaping how we understand the issue and how young people see themselves. But there are four big problems with this crisis narrative: it paralyzes us; it advances already damaging stereotypes; it can backfire; and it makes us deal with the problem retroactively instead of proactively.

WATCH | Social Media Companies Amplifying Americans’ Anger for Profit on 60 Minutes

Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt speak with 60 Minutes on how social media is super-charging one of the worst parts of ourselves and skewing the political landscape for profit.

READ | Generation Citizen CEO Elizabeth Clay Roy on Why Civics Education is Patriotic — And Why She’s Hopeful About America’s Future

“I am hopeful in this moment, that there is a peaceful conclusion to what’s happening now and that folks can begin to focus on how we are going to move forward and try to repair many of the breaches and rips that have occurred,” said Elizabeth Clay Roy of the deep divisions we are experiencing in our country.

WATCH | Three Tips to Be a Better Conversationalist

These tips from Mónica Guzmán, bridge builder and author of I Never Thought of It That Way, may come in handy this holiday season.

READ | More than 10,000 Pediatric Clinicians Complete Training in the Promotion of Early Relational Health

Over the past 18 months, Reach Out and Read has trained over 10,000 pediatric primary care clinicians on ways to promote positive interactions between children and parents/caregivers through early literacy.

Read Previous Months Resources

Through the Prism

By asking human beings the same five questions, we remind ourselves that everyone has a powerful story that deserves to be heard.
  • Photo of Michael Rbell

Through the Prism with Michael A. Rebell

Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, administrator, researcher, and scholar in the field of education law. He is the executive director of the Center for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Center seeks to promote equity and excellence in education and to overcome the gap in educational access and achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students throughout the United States. For the 2022-2023 school year, he is also a part-time Visiting Professor at the Harvard Law School.

  • Rev. Jen Bailey

Through the Prism with Reverend Jen Bailey

Rev. Jen Bailey is the Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network where she helps equip community organizers, faith leaders, and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment.

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Research

The science behind how human connection shapes our lives
  • AAC&U logo

The Effects of Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education

Findings from a recent study by the American Association of Colleges and Universities indicate that community-engaged learning and civic engagement have positive impacts on students in six key areas, including personal and social responsibility, development of positive mindsets and dispositions, graduation and retention rates, learning gains, intellectual and practical skills, and career-related skills. However, more direct assessments of students' demonstrated skills are needed to complement what we know about these outcomes based on self-reported data.

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How Gen Z Sees Themselves and Their Future

Gen Z is considered to be the most ethnically and racially diverse generation in American history. So, what are their goals for the next stage of their personal and professional lives? What do they expect from older generations, institutions, and society at large? Check out the new research by Murmuration and the Walton Family Foundation to learn more about Gen Z’s values, priorities, political activity, and interests.

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Tools

Here are some ways to put human connection into action

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No matter who we are, how we live, or what we believe, we all share a deep need and capacity for human connection and belonging. It’s at the core of our shared humanity — and baked into every human’s DNA.

No matter who we are, how we live, or what we believe, we all share a deep need and capacity for human connection and belonging. It’s at the core of our shared humanity — and baked into every human’s DNA.

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