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What I am doing now

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I am seeking and sharing insights on how people can come together, as equals, to work toward positive personal and social change. My current focus is on collective action networks, social network analysis, community development and personal and community resilience.

I'm in my 15th year at North Dakota State University (NDSU). I lead the Network Literacy team for OneOp, a single point of entry professional development resource for military family service providers. Our Network Literacy team produces Practicing Connection, a podcast exploring the personal and collective practices that empower us to work together to help each other, our families, and our communities improve our resilience and readiness in a rapidly changing world.

For the past two years, I've been working with the Farm at St. Francis project to map and analyze the food systems network in west central Minnesota.

I am continuing to research and develop relationship-building programs that could bolster individual resilience, a line of inquiry that began with my Master's thesis.

Updated August 16, 2023.