Connection Hub2023-01-17T15:04:26+00:00

Connection Hub

Connection Hub

Resources, tools, and reflections on human connection.

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.

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
  • Our Future is In Our Hands

A Call to Think Big and Bold About Our Future

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It is easy to see how a gloomy outlook on the country and a cynical view of humanity conspire to stifle our collective imagination. Yet that capacity to envision and work toward better futures is most needed in times of upheaval and rapid change; that is, now.

  • Our Future is In Our Hands

A Call to Think Big and Bold About Our Future

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It is easy to see how a gloomy outlook on the country and a cynical view of humanity conspire to stifle our collective imagination. Yet that capacity to envision and work toward better futures is most needed in times of upheaval and rapid change; that is, now.

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.

  • 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.

  • Jenn Hoos Rothberg walking with her children in a park.

Measuring Our Lives in Tree Rings

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It’s in moments of reflection, when we take a step back to look at a cross-section of our own “trunks,” that we can see a concentric pattern of rings emerge, giving us clues about the conditions and magnitude of emotions we attach to formative experiences over our lifetime.

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

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.
  • Headshot of Suzette Brooks Masters

Through the Prism with Suzette Brooks Masters

Suzette Brooks Masters is a philanthropic advisor, thought leader, and strategist in the fields of democracy and pluralism. For more than two decades she has advised foundations, non-profit organizations, policymakers, and corporations on how to respond to a fast-changing America. She has received numerous awards for her philanthropic vision and impact, and accolades for her incisive publications. She prides herself on seeing around the corner and challenging conventional thinking. Ms. Masters currently leads the Better Futures Project with the Democracy Funders Network.

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Through the Prism with Lennon Flowers

Lennon Flowers is hell-bent on creating spaces where humans can be human, out of a belief that nothing is done in isolation, and that self-help only works in community. She’s the co-founder & executive director of The Dinner Party, and the co-founder of The People's Supper.

This Month’s Resources

Our monthly roundup of the latest tools, research, and reporting from across the fields in which we work

Join our Building Strategy Lead Jon Gruber at the Designing Tech for Social Cohesion conference, hosted by the Council on Technology and Social Cohesion, to explore how tech products can be designed to nurture connection and promote prosocial content.

Awe is happening all around us. We don’t need to wait to stumble on this wonderful sensation; we can actively seek it out.

The ability to talk and work with people across differences can help us address critical issues of our time, identify breakthrough solutions, and bring about positive change collectively.

On Tuesday, January 31, join Shani Graham in a conversation to gain insights and practical skills to build a sense of belonging in your neighborhood.

In an interview and op-ed, John Wood Jr., a national leader for Braver Angels, discusses how the bridging movement is attempting to heal divisions, bring Americans together, and work together to solve common problems.

By creating personalized experiences that consider the needs and preferences of each participant, you can design spaces where people can find comfort, a sense of interest, and belonging.

Research

The science behind how human connection shapes our lives
  • Cover of Social Connection Report: The Ties That Bind and Nurture

Social Connection Report: The Ties That Bind and Nurture

For parents, the nature and strength of their social connections are key determinants of their health and well-being, and in turn, their children’s development. New research, commissioned by Capita with support from Reach Out and Read Carolinas, draws attention to important issues facing parents of young children in North Carolina, including loneliness, social isolation, and lack of parental support. The findings aim to guide approaches to strengthen social connectedness for parents across age cohorts and around the country.

  • Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy report cover

Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy

The power of our imagination has an impact on the state and direction of our democracy. Having positive visions of our shared future can give us a sense of agency and motivate us to work together to achieve mutually beneficial societal outcomes. The “Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy” report, a collaboration between Suzette Brooks Masters and the Democracy Funders Network, offers insights into the value of positive visioning, challenges to imagining better futures, and how we can overcome them.

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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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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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