“Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” — “Imagine” by John Lennon

Reflections from 100 Million Healthier Lives Gathering

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Roxanne Joffe, MagnifyGood
“Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” — “Imagine” by John Lennon

It’s a goal that’s far more reachable when people across the globe have the ability to move past barriers to health, well-being, and equity. It’s a dream 100 Million Healthier Lives strives to make reality.

I’m honored and grateful to have been able to attend the 100 Million Healthier Lives Fall Gathering in San Diego. I thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to hear from members of the movement about the work being done to make our world a more equitable place for all of us.

In philanthropy, there is so much room to grow and learn from each other, and when we come together, I always leave with a full heart.

Along with a full heart, I left the 100 Million Healthier Lives Fall Gathering with a new perspective on how we create a better world for everyone.

Building partnerships to create lasting change requires time and intention.
Partnerships have been behind some of the most impactful and sustainable initiatives to create change. Successful partnerships take time to establish — they need to be nurtured and tended to. Connect with potential partners. Find out what is meaningful to them and consider bringing your assets together for shared opportunities.

Don’t just check the box. Put on an equity lens.
Truly advancing equity in our field and through our mission means stepping into the world of those we seek to help. Underrepresented communities don’t simply face surface issues. Without diversity and inclusion, our efforts can fall short. Truly connect and listen to the communities you wish to serve. Including them in your mission will generate more effective and sustainable impact.

These challenges in philanthropy have propelled themselves to the forefront. Diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as fostering partnerships, have been some of the most prevalent topics this year.

As we approach the end of 2018, I am excited to see the kind of change we can make after a year of self-reflection and collaborative dialogue.

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