Our surroundings and the physical landscape we live, work, and play in have a profound impact on our wellbeing. Even though the physical realm is one of the most tangible elements we experience in our day-to-day life, the way place shapes our wellbeing - and especially the way that place impacts the wellbeing of others - can be easily overlooked.
At the NH Planners Association spring conference, keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Pimpare, a professor of the Master in Public Policy Program and a Faculty Fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy, gave a terrific presentation on health, equity, and poverty that drew connections to place. I wanted to share a few key take home messages that I have been thinking about over the last couple weeks:
What design principles can foster upward mobility and wellbeing?
How do we increase the stability of individuals and communities by better connecting people with communities?
What does it mean to make communities more welcoming to all people, including people with no margin of error?
[photograph by Dean Bouchard on Flickr]