Connection Hub2023-04-14T14:41:35+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

Small Acts of Joy and Service

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While the rock garden needs little care – no water or sunlight required here – it does a whole lot to care for us. Every time we walk by it, we have the opportunity to reminisce, taking in the full bounty of the milestones in our garden.

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Civic Education Moves Forward By Working Together

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Civic Learning Week is an opportunity to energize this movement and highlight the important role civic education plays in sustaining and strengthening our constitutional democracy by ensuring that each new generation gains the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become informed and engaged members of our self-governing society.

Small Acts of Joy and Service

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While the rock garden needs little care – no water or sunlight required here – it does a whole lot to care for us. Every time we walk by it, we have the opportunity to reminisce, taking in the full bounty of the milestones in our garden.

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.

Through the Prism with Shawn M. Jenkins

Though we never exchanged more than a few words, even a decade later, I still carry an immense gratitude for a ten-year-old boy named Danilo. He helped me to remember how important shared experience and play can be to forging human connection.

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Through the Prism with Natalia Urbas

Natalia Urbas is a recent college graduate from Cornell University, majoring in materials science and engineering at the College of Engineering. After graduation, she moved to Washington D.C. to work at the US Navy as a Naval Reactors Engineer. In 2023, Urbas received the Class of 1964 John F. Kennedy Memorial Award.

This Month’s Resources

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

Author and educator Irshad Manji introduces a 5-step method for improving communication and avoiding contentious debate. Each step works to decrease defensive reactions in conversation in order to make it easier to listen, understand, and work together toward solutions. In order for the steps to work, practitioners must first decide if they really want a healthy outcome, or if they just want to win.

On October 12-14, attend an action forum, hosted by the Harvard Human Flourishing Program, The Foundation for Social Connection, and Healthy Places by Design, for leaders working to address social isolation, loneliness, and connection.

Are you tired of reading about the latest debates and brawls? In this essay, journalist Amanda Ripley highlights “conflict hacks” that prove good things are still possible and happening in the world. From positive gossipers to an island of understanding, these examples will add a bright spot to your day.

Studies show that gratitude has a huge positive effect on mental and physical health. Explore the science of gratitude and learn practical tips to improve your daily life by taking a few minutes each day to be truly thankful.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, volunteering was common, and community service brought people from different backgrounds and experiences together to bridge divides. How might we use national service to address polarization and foster social cohesion today?

Rupture is a part of life, and conflict can foster growth. This resource from The Dinner Party, the Faith Matters Network, and Rural Assembly features real-life stories and insights on healing and trust-building and empowers individuals and communities to navigate conflict constructively.

Research

The science behind how human connection shapes our lives
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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.

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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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