I recently had the pleasure to join two wonderful partners, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and Wilder Research, on the road to discuss research, data and ideas related to the concept of social connectedness—the idea that a person’s social ties correlate with health outcomes. Starting in late August, we visited Rochester, Duluth and ended in St. Paul. ... more
Minnesota is experiencing a surge in innovative thinking about health, wellness and health care. From the Bush Foundation’s Citizen Solutions Forums on health care to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation’s Connect for Health Challenge, in collaboration with InCommons, it’s feeling more and more like we have the potential to create systems that support health and wellness for everyone. ... more
Another great partnership with the arts community in the Midwest is slated to start next week and run through 2012. Through its Leadership Idea Exchange, ArtsLab has set out to create a series of opportunities for the creative community to connect about how they’re approaching the complex problems our communities are facing. ... more
We live in a meeting culture. Have an idea for something at work? Schedule a meeting. Want to explore a volunteer opportunity? Attend a meeting. Want to make a difference at your kids’ school? Organize a meeting. It leads to schedules packed solid with back to back meetings. And somehow, nothing gets done.
Instead, the real work often gets done in the hallway between meetings or over a meal with your neighbors. It’s clear that people are hungry for a better way to have conversations that matter and to use these conversations to drive change in our community. ... more
About theBushFoundationOur mission is to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.