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Building students’ resiliency networks: A conversation with Brian Lightfoot

 By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute How does students’ social capital impact their resiliency, agency, and access to new opportunities? I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with researcher and entrepreneur, Brian Lightfoot, who’s one of my favorite thinkers on this topic. The full video of our conversation is below, but here’s a […]

5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks

By Julia Freeland Fisher & Mahnaz Charania, PhD, Christensen Institute  What is this playbook and who is it for? This playbook was developed by the Clayton Christensen Institute to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks […]

Mentoring relationships as bridges to new neighborhoods

Andris, C., Liu, X., Mitchell, J., O’Dwyer, J., & Cleve, J. V. (2021). Threads across the urban fabric: Youth mentorship relationships as neighborhood bridges. Journal of Urban Affairs, 43(1), 77–92. https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2019.1662726 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence suggests that relationships across different groups and neighborhoods are beneficial for urban communities. Bigger social networks have […]

Why a little loneliness can be protective

“Loneliness is something we all have, we can all fall into, and nearly all of us experience at some point in our lives,” says John Cacioppo. (Photo Credit: Phil Thomas/Flickr) University of Chicago Posted by U. Chicago on March 2, 2016 The power of loneliness, and its potential for both causing depression and keeping us safe […]