How do we find our pack? And what does it take to feel less lonely and isolated? In this episode, author Peter Block and our very own Jenn Hoos Rothberg talk vulnerably about our longing for connection, the heart-work of building community, and what we need to do to address the crisis of connection in our country.

Join the Democracy Funders Network on Monday, January 9, 2023 for a conversation on the importance of imagining better futures for American democracy and to learn key findings from the “Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy” report.

What happens when we move our bodies in unison with one another? Our synchronized movements can help strengthen social ties, deepen a sense of community, increase our pain tolerance, and lead to greater well-being.

Across the country, more and more young people, Jewish or not, are coming together to celebrate Shabbat. It is a way for them to share a meal with friends old and new, unplug from their phones, and support and celebrate Jewish culture, especially in light of the recent rise in antisemitism.

“When we heal ourselves, we heal our lineage. When we heal ourselves, we heal each other,” said Alex Elle, author of How We Heal, in a conversation with Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle about childhood wounds, closure, intergenerational healing, and healing techniques on the We Can Do Hard Things podcast.

In a 2014 advertising campaign called “The Other Letter,” retailer IKEA shows parents what their children really want for the holidays. Children aged four to nine gave heartwarming answers to the gifts they hoped to get from their parents in the form of handwritten letters. You may want a tissue to watch the rest of the video.

Teaching adolescents the skills and mindsets to have productive dialogues can help them foster empathy for people across divides, transcend either/or thinking, and participate in a functioning democracy.

In this episode of The Braver Angels Podcast, host Mónica Guzmán and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt delved into whether it is moral to engage with people whose beliefs you find to be “dangerous” and what it takes to overcome tribalism in our country.

Trees, plants, fungi, and microbes in a forest are thoroughly connected, communicative, and codependent. There are conflicts in these complex and generative networks, “but there is also negotiation, reciprocity and perhaps even selflessness.”