Community Think Tanks
Madeline of Kennedy Coaching is proud to support Community Think Tanks along with the many collaborators and volunteers who make them possible. Think Tanks are when community members, coaches, and leaders come together to create an inclusive space to share our skills and talents, co-creating guided discussions and activities around the critical issues of our time while building key relationships and connections.
Our Community Think Tanks operate on the assumption that in order to effectively address the increasingly costly and painful issues in the world today, we need to learn from, and be led by, those who have been historically marginalized or pushed to the sides in our society. Those hardest hit by the costs of our current system have learned great lessons and hold key solutions.
The data is growing quite clear, how healthy/unhealthy we are is not just a result of our own behavior or how we eat, drink, move, and behave. It’s also about the places we live, where we grew up, the education we have access to, and the effects of bias/ discrimination/ racism/ abelism/ sexism, etc. Part of the mission of Kennedy Coaching is to support those who want to take a deeper look at these key issues, the “social determinants of health,” that so many systems currently fall short of addressing.
Everyone who has been a part of the Think Tanks have had some input into in how they operate and how they’ve evolved. Much of what is seen the actual day of a Think Tank is the result of many conversations and working sessions, all resulting in a synergy nurtured with the intention and skills from a region rich in community champions.
Think Tanks also assume that the change needs to begin within ourselves and our communities. In fact they challenge us to ‘do the work’ in community, as some work is meant to be. While their more specific goals changes depending on who shows up, the topic, and the speakers or guides, their underlying intent is always to inspire or seed change that raises community and global well-being, awareness and a call to action in our own lives.
Community Think Tanks are not profit-generating, and rather are well-being generating. Funds are raised in order to offset the tokens of appreciation for the volunteers, guides, and speakers who support them.
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To learn more about the social determinants of health…https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/social-determinants-of-health