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Third Annual Thriving Communities Conference: Lens on Health

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:00pm - Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
The Whidbey Institute
6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236
United States
Phone: 360-341-1884

Third Annual Thriving Communities Conference
March 20 - 22, 2014
Health: "When people are healthy, communities thrive."
Thursday 6 pm—Saturday 4 pm
The Whidbey Institute, Thomas Berry Hall
In these times of global challenge, how do we meet the needs of individuals, families, and local communities, in nurturing a sense of belonging, a capacity for resilience, and the ability to thrive?

We live in challenging times. Our personal and community health is at stake, faced with environmental, social, and economic pressures from all sides. What is the role of health and caring in modern life? How are personal wellness and community wellness intertwined? What comes into view when we look at community through the lens of health?

The people we will meet and the stunning stories we will share at our Third Annual Whidbey Institute Thriving Communities Conference will build a larger awareness of the challenges we face today as well as replicable, proven answers to those challenges.

Join a growing group of leaders and activists representing diverse ages, backgrounds, and communities from our bioregion and beyond. Place yourself in the dynamic center of engagement and exchange. Take an intimate look, over three days, at media storytelling and powerful dialogue which reveals the inspiring work of others. The examples shared during this conference can serve as a catalyst to improve and energize the work you do in your own community.

Learn the new and innovative ways that people, organizations, and businesses are working together to address health issues across populations, to strengthen communal ties, to create a sense of belonging, and to sustain the wellbeing of people and the places where they live.

What to Expect

Our time together will include the premiere of several short video documentaries—filmed by the Whidbey Institute—that demonstrate replicable examples of individuals and organizations doing exceptional work to impact community health in a manner which supports thriving. These include a local end-of-life care facility staffed by volunteers, a medical school whose mission focuses on the underserved in a very vulnerable community, a medical support fund supported by community investment, a co-op serving families in need of housing and healthcare, and more. We'll also explore our shared connections, discussing how we might further build healthy and thriving communities. If you have video footage or other visual media that pertains to this important topic, please consider bringing it to share.

We will gather as active participants to share ideas both big and small. If you are interested in building a thriving and resilient future, mark your calendar for March 20—22, 2014 and be part of this powerful upwelling of innovators, advocates, and community leaders throughout the Cascadia bioregion. The movement is underway, the future is here, and we are in this together!

Please note, this is a family friendly event. A community isn't a thriving community unless ALL generations are present! Please help us make this a success by inviting your family members, young and old, to join you for the conference.


The Whidbey Institute
6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236
United States
Phone: 360-341-1884
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