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Connection Hub

Connection Hub

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

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.

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Fostering Social and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: Common Threads to Transform Everyday Practice and Systems

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With support from the Pediatrics Supporting Parents (PSP) funder collaborative, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) studied ways that pediatric primary care could promote positive outcomes around social and emotional development, the parent-child relationship, and parents’ mental health. This report synthesizes 3 categories of action and 14 common practices as well as recommendations for systemic reform.

The Science of Relationships

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Dr. Martha G. Welch, of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, explains that emotional connection between two people is not a mental process alone. It involves “gut brain” signaling cues from the body up to the brain. We learn how to relate starting in the womb, as the mother’s and baby’s bodies influence and regulate each other. Dr. Welch shares research on the neurobiological basis behind relationship formation.

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Foundations for Young Adult Success

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This comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career, have healthy relationships, be engaged citizens, and make wise choices. It concludes that rich experiences combining action and reflection supported by consistent, supportive relationships help children develop a set of critical skills, attitudes, and behaviors.

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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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Releasing the Potential of Philanthropic Collaborations

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Over the past decade, philanthropic collaboration has entered a new era of popularity and ambition. Driven by institutional and high-net-worth funders seeking greater impact by acting collectively and by leaders challenging traditional ways of working, the number of collaborative giving platforms has grown. With over $2 billion flowing annually to funder collaboratives working on a range of social, economic, and environmental issues—and that’s just from the funds who responded to the survey—The Bridgespan Group’s recent study sheds light on the changing landscape of these philanthropic partnerships.

Fostering Social and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: Common Threads to Transform Everyday Practice and Systems

By |

With support from the Pediatrics Supporting Parents (PSP) funder collaborative, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) studied ways that pediatric primary care could promote positive outcomes around social and emotional development, the parent-child relationship, and parents’ mental health. This report synthesizes 3 categories of action and 14 common practices as well as recommendations for systemic reform.

The Science of Relationships

By |

Dr. Martha G. Welch, of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, explains that emotional connection between two people is not a mental process alone. It involves “gut brain” signaling cues from the body up to the brain. We learn how to relate starting in the womb, as the mother’s and baby’s bodies influence and regulate each other. Dr. Welch shares research on the neurobiological basis behind relationship formation.

Stretching towards Hope in 2022

By |

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

By |

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.

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

April Resources

Our monthly roundup of the latest tools, research, and reporting from across the fields in which we work
ENGAGE | StoryCorps’ One Small Step

Want to have a curious, open-hearted, bridging conversation with someone who has different beliefs from your own?

READ | Before spending on college, know who you are

Global Citizen Year Founder Abby Falik advocates that before college, students need time away from teachers and tests to figure out who they want to be, what the world needs – and how they will reconcile the two.

PRACTICE | OpenMind Conversation Simulator

Have you ever wished you could have a difficult conversation do-over? Well, now you can! In 10 mins, practice three science-backed strategies for navigating difficult conversations.

WATCH | Jury Service and Implicit Bias

Our partners at Perception Institute created a 10-minute training for prospective jurors in New York State on the brain science that may lead individuals to make decisions based on implicit biases or attitudes about particular groups. Even if you are not headed to jury duty, this video provides concrete strategies that you can use to make decisions without relying on underlying biases or stereotypes.

PRACTICE | Millions of Conversations’ Guide

Deeper Listening for Better Understanding offers strategies and techniques for listening deeply and understanding the perspectives of those you may disagree with.

LISTEN | The Asterisk Follows Us

Sarah Longwell and Dr. Ted Johnson talk about the Supreme Court, polarization, and the challenges of conversations about race on The Focus Group podcast.

READ | Philanthropy Needs to Own Up to Its Role in Fueling Polarization

In this op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Suzette Brooks Masters describes how funders sometimes contribute to polarization through what and how they fund, and the practical ways forward to close the gap.

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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.

Through the Prism with Nanyamka Redmond

Nanyamka Redmond is a Research Scientist at the Search Institute where she develops and implements research-backed practical solutions that help young people become their best selves.

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Research

The science behind how human connection shapes our lives

Releasing the Potential of Philanthropic Collaborations

Over the past decade, philanthropic collaboration has entered a new era of popularity and ambition. Driven by institutional and high-net-worth funders seeking greater impact by acting collectively and by leaders challenging traditional ways of working, the number of collaborative giving platforms has grown. With over $2 billion flowing annually to funder collaboratives working on a range of social, economic, and environmental issues—and that’s just from the funds who responded to the survey—The Bridgespan Group’s recent study sheds light on the changing landscape of these philanthropic partnerships.

Change Research Survey

During the Spring of 2021, Einhorn Collaborative commissioned a nationally representative study of 18-26-year-olds to understand their interest in various types of service and advocacy activities.

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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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