Working with partners and peers to help everyone see our humanity in a new light
What we do and how we do it is intentionally and inextricably linked. Our work with partners and peers unites a shared vision of human connection with a commitment to the principles and practice of collaboration and mutuality. We listen to and embrace the views and perspectives of a wide range of actors, knowing that we will enable more positive change in the world if we understand where others are coming from and by doing the work together. And we know the work is never done. It is always a work in progress, sitting alongside our partners and peers, to learn, evolve, and grow together.
Developing our capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships by establishing emotional connection in the earliest years of life.
SPREADING EMOTIONAL CONNECTION
Building upon the groundbreaking research of the Nurture Science Program at Columbia University Medical Center, we are collaborating with partners who recognize the critical role emotional connection plays in healthy child development and commit to spreading nurture-based research with measures, tools, and practices so more families are emotionally connected in the earliest years of life.
ENHANCING STANDARDS OF CARE
Pediatrics Supporting Parents is an initiative focused on leveraging pediatric well-visits as an opportunity to promote and support children’s social and emotional development and nurturing parent-child relationships.
In collaboration with: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Overdeck Family Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Perigee Fund, J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, and an anonymous individual contributor.
Reinforcing our ability to understand ourselves and each other, and positively relate across difference, with a focus on providing adolescents with experiences to develop lifelong skills of perspective-taking and bridge-building.
ESTABLISHING COMMUNITY-ENGAGED LEARNING
Engaged Cornell is a university-wide initiative that seeks to embed community-engaged learning into traditionally siloed academic and co-curricular experiences of every undergraduate across multiple colleges and campus life units. Through high-quality community engagement and critical reflection, Cornell graduates become educated global citizens who practice respect and empathy, seek collaboration and cooperation, and embrace differences and diversity in all aspects of their lives.
MOBILIZING GEN Z TO BECOME BRIDGERS
We are interested in developing a collaborative with partners to nurture and support young people’s interest and ability to engage as active citizens, form positive relationships across difference, and proactively help America heal, repair, and rebuild. Read our Bridging reflection for our latest thinking and check back for updates in 2021.
Elevating our collective story and helping Americans build a culture of connection and belonging, find common ground, and take action together.
BUILDING A CULTURE OF CONNECTION AND BELONGING
The Builders is a community of influential storytellers, researchers, and practitioners who are building the case for human connection and our shared humanity in ways that meet people where they are and inspire them to take action.
In collaboration with:
David Bornstein, Solutions Journalism Network
Marc Brackett, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
David Brooks, Weave: The Social Fabric Project
Tim Dixon, More In Common
Marc Freedman, Encore.org
Dave Isay, StoryCorps
Eric Liu, Citizen University
Jason Marsh, Greater Good Science Center
Caroline Mehl, OpenMind
Steven Olikara, Millennial Action Project
Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core
john a. powell, Othering & Belonging Institute
Tim Shriver, UNITE
Anne Snyder, Comment Magazine
Krista Tippett, The On Being Project
Rick Weissbourd, Making Caring Common
John Wood Jr., Braver Angels
ADDRESSING THE CRISIS OF CONNECTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FUNDERS AND FIELD LEADERS
We are joining forces with a cross-ideological mix of funders to address the challenges of polarization, social fracturing, and growing fear, distrust, and hatred across lines of difference. Our shared goal is to shift attitudes, values, and norms around how we see, relate to, and engage with one another in an increasingly diverse and divided America through a robust, coordinated, and sustained effort. We aim not only to bring more resources and visibility to this emergent field but also to model, as funders, what this work is all about. This effort is still under development, and we plan to launch in 2021. If you’d like to learn more about joining this collaborative, please contact Jon Gruber.