Our Well-Being Legacy: An Exploratory Dialogue

All-America City Workshop:

Location: Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Room: Denver

Click here to view the 2018 National Conference on Local Governance & All-America City Awards combined agenda.


Our Well-Being Legacy: An Exploratory Dialogue

We are at a pivotal moment in history—amidst mounting challenges, partisan gridlock, and deep despair among many. In far too many communities, the “pathways for potentiation” are broken and under-delivering. We need longer-term systems-change work to transform vital conditions across the nation – basic needs for health and safety; lifelong learning; meaningful work and wealth; humane housing; a stable environment; reliable transportation; and a sense of belonging and power to shape our common world – for all persons to have the opportunity to realize their fullest potential for health and well-being.

The Well Being Trust, with an emerging partnership of national organizations, is embarking upon a process of looking to and learning from leaders and communities across the nation that have already begun to advance policies, practices and investments for enhancing these seven vital conditions for intergenerational well-being. This session will introduce seven vital conditions for well-being; explore how these conditions relate to well-being outcomes; invite participants to identify and discuss how their work helps create the conditions for intergenerational well-being; and explore practical opportunities for advancing associated policy and investment strategies.

We have no say in the choices made by our predecessors—their legacies are the starting points for our lives. However, we possess enormous capacity to transform current and future conditions—for better or for worse. The question is: what are leaders across the country doing now—or could they do—to secure these vital conditions for ourselves and for generations to come? What will be our legacy?


Monte Roulier is President of Community Initiatives (CI), a network dedicated to advancing community health, equity and wellbeing.  As a strategist, coach, and facilitator, Monte helps community partnerships develop strategies and mobilize the collective will to achieve measurable community improvements. He has learned from and supported hundreds of multi-sector collaborations, establishing the structures, relationships and practices that are essential to sustained collective action. He is Co-Founder and Convener of the Community Commons, www.communitycommons.org, a powerful platform that provides publicly accessible data, visualization and improvement ideas and tools for community change makers. He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and four kids and regularly works out of the CI office located in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO.


Chris Paterson, Community Initiatives. Over the past 20+ years, Chris has played an integral role in the design, development and facilitation of national initiatives and networks in support of diverse cross-sector leadership teams from hundreds of communities. He works with groups to (re)discover shared values and align these with their individual and collective efforts; design and use information-based tools and collaborative processes in service of collective wellbeing; engage in dialogue and shared learning processes; and explore innovative approaches and shared accountability for making progress toward desired outcomes. Chris’ work is grounded in the belief that the long-term vitality of our communities depends upon a stronger culture of stewardship for our fellow community members; for the land and ecological systems; and for our cultural, economic and civic “commons.”

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