Community Development Programs

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen

our community development programs

Having been founders of the Bounce Back Project, a collaborative of three health systems, we have been positioned for the last several years to do deep development work with our community and with communities across the United States.

Our work with the Bounce Back Project was born out of loss in our home community of Buffalo, Minnesota, when two of our highly respected and loved friends and physician colleagues died in 2014. These deaths caused us to pause and ask some important questions — not only about how fragile life is, but about the choices we make each day.

Shortly thereafter, a group of physicians and leaders developed a program that held not only personal meaning, but would grow to be meaningful for the post traumatic growth of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

In the four years since the inception of the Bounce Back Project, well over 10,000 people have heard our presentations. Educators, students, business leaders, and healthcare providers are experiencing renewed purpose and meaning and are developing the courage to live a life founded on strong relationships and improved social connection.

We recognize these tools make a difference in our own lives. Just as important however, is the research that shows the quality of relationships in your life is the one best predictor of how happy your are, how healthy you are, and how long you will live. Period. End of story.

If you are interested in our community development programs, please contact us so that we can put together a program to bring joy, meaning, and purpose to your community.

daring communities

Show Up. Be Seen. Live Brave™. Based on the research of Brené Brown.

Daring Communities is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and helps communities and community leaders learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The primary focus for this workshop is on developing resiliency skills and developing daily practices that transform the way your community will live, lead, connect with each other, and care for one another.

Designed for work with individuals, work teams, organizational leaders, and community organizers, participants will identify:

  • Ways to strengthen the relationships in their communities

  • Opportunities to be an “everyday leader”

  • Courage to be counter cultural and actually BE HAPPY

  • How their perfectionism and inner critic gets in the way

  • How to develop a deeper sense of compassion and empathy for friends and neighbors

In Daring Communities, you and your community will develop practices that will transform the way you show up and are seen in each others lives. Have you always wanted to live in a community where you felt like you all truly belonged? Be courageous and begin the journey with Daring Communities. 

Inquire about booking your own Daring Communities workshop.

Rising Communities

The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.™ Based on the research of Brené Brown.

Rising Communities is based on Dr. Brené Brown’s latest research on vulnerability and courage. The primary focus for this workshop is to help pick yourself back up after you were daring and courageous and ended up face down in the arena. You will learn the power of sharing your stories of struggle as you work to transform yourself and your community into a place of true connection and belonging.

Rising Communities workshop will provide insights into:

  • Rising after failure, disappointment, and loss, and the process for moving through them

  • The physics of vulnerability and guidelines for rising after a fall

  • Recognizing and capturing the stories we make up when faced with struggle

  • Writing your own daring endings to tough stories

Rising Communities is a session that is meant to deepen the understanding of communities after having participated in Daring Communities

Inquire about booking your own Rising Communities workshop today.

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