Curated Portals for World Changers


Videos, podcasts, articles, and trusted resources to help your journey towards inspiration and impact

Symbols and Change

Symbols are everywhere, in street names, money and flags. How can they advance our cause?


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Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures are a set of facilitation techniques that help people work together more effectively and efficiently.


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Why Native Plants?

Rewilding and planting natives is critical for survival of most species, including humans — for future generations.


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Reframing Problems

Solving the wrong problem can send you down a rabbit hole. Instead, consider reframing your challenge.


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Beautiful Trouble's Toolbox

“Harmonic Portal.” Curated tools, ideas, best practices for people creating a better world.


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How Do Ideas Spread?

What’s more powerful than expanding a practice that improves life?


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Wicked Problems

Wicked problems aren’t easy to describe, have many causes, and are hard or impossible to “solve.” 


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Bold Goals

The superpower of a bold goal is its ability to focus and align thoughts and actions over time. 


Appreciative Inquiry

A process of inquiry and dialogue, AI focuses on peoples’ and groups strengths, successes, and potential.


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Positive Deviance

In facing a social challenge, PD says look for any outliers who found a solution through a successful behavior.


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Design Thinking

Design thinking uses collaboration, experimenting, iteration, user-centricity, and empathy to solve challenges.
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Done is Better than Perfect

As you create projects and campaigns to improve the world, don’t shoot for perfect: go for the done.

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Americans Who Tell the Truth

“Harmonic Portal.” Robert Shetterly’s inspirational portraits of American truth-tellers, with stories.


Kaizen means good change—making small improvements to any kind of work that over time add up to create dramatic results.

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The Flywheel

This framework can help causes grow by creating a self-sustaining cycle of positive momentum.
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The Hero's Journey

This  framework can help us understand our own challenges and opportunities of changing the world.

The Mighty Message

Tell your stories, present your case, call us to action through all kinds of media. Your words can change the world!

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Mind Mapping

Creative tool for organizing thoughts, understanding, planning and writing. Works for individuals or groups.

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Yin Yang of Growing Your Cause

Grow your cause by both incrementally improving the programs, funding, etc, while looking for the breakthrough.

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Community Asset Mapping

A process to help communities discover their potentials by identifying resources, strengths, and capacities.

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How can Hospitals improve access?

“Harmonic Portal” at Stakeholder Health. 10 ways hospitals can inprove healthcare access.

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Fueled by determination and a refusal to give up, tenacity becomes the driving force behind meaningful change.

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Framing for Change

Framing through language. Shape conversations, expose wrongs, inspire action. Words pave paths, establish legitimacy.

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Social Marketing

Social marketing uses traditional marketing tools to promote beneficial ideas, good behaviors, and social causes.

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Bias for Action

Prioritazing action over inaction. It’s being proactive and agile in responding to challenges or opportunities.

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Imagine a Better World

World changers need at least a rough sense of what the new world they want to create looks like. Can you picture it?

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Target Marketing

Target Marketing for Nonprofits: Identifying and reaching your niche audience for effective mission-driven impact.

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Power of Repetition

Unlock the Power of Repetition: Master skills, conquer tasks, and build lasting habits  for individuals and groups.

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Community Tool Box

Harmonic Portal: Tools for building healthier societies.  Community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and advocacy.

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Ask for Help

Learn effective ways to ask for help and drive change with practical strategies, videos, and valuable resources.

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Yin & Yang of Growth

Grow your nonprofit or cause by doing two seemingly opposite things at once. First, incrementally improve the programs, funding, and so on, that already work well or at least have potential. At the same time, constantly look for those breakthrough ideas that can take your cause and impact to a new place.



The marketing exchange: cookies for…

The marketing exchange: cookies for…

By Tom Peterson One day driving on a busy street in my neighborhood, I noticed a couple of kids in their yard holding up signs, flagging down cars. A few adults sat nearby in lawn chairs watching and laughing. I was about to keep going when I realized what was...

10 ways to be audacious

10 ways to be audacious

Most of us aren’t naturally bold. Fortunately, audacity is an attitude to be nurtured and a skill that can be learned. Audacity for its own sake is not the point. It’s not about being loud and wearing a large yellow hat to stand out in the crowd (although if you want...

More audacity needed to save democracy, the Earth!

More audacity needed to save democracy, the Earth!

ORDER the Book HERE Democracy at risk. Last chance to save the world. Enormous gap between the ultra-rich and billions of struggling people. Huge needs in every community. In Want to Change the World Tom Peterson celebrates the giant Movement that is taking...

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