Trends, insights and thought leadership on community matters by Wilder staff, volunteers, supporters and partners


Building Capacity: The Necessary Ingredients to Create Change

​Have you ever done something that earlier in your life you would have thought impossible for you to do? If so, then you have personally experienced capacity building. Capacity is defined as the… Read more »

Caregivers Come Together in Minnesota's Only LGBTQ Support Group

​Minnesota’s only support group for LGBTQ caregivers has launched. Through the LGBTQ Caregiver Support Group, those providing care for older adults can come together to share their feelings,… Read more »

Martin Luther King: Continued Inspiration for a Continuous Journey

by Paul Mattessich
Dr. King’s words – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” – speak loudly to researchers. I like to think that we have had the ability to shine at least a little bit of light by… Read more »

Caring for a Loved One from Afar

by Jen Finstad
Long-distance travel makes me reflective. I think about the 337 miles between my parents and my adult life where my job and my husband reside. And as I traveled recently on an Amtrak train to visit… Read more »

Courageous Spaces: Building Intercultural Competence and Racial Equity

by Cardina Esparza
​I am a planner in Wilder Programs and a consultant with Wilder Center for Communities. I have often been looked to and requested for my facilitation expertise and ability to lead intercultural and… Read more »

Trauma-Informed Organizations: Moving Forward

If you work in human services, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot lately about trauma. Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a great deal about how we’re all impacted by traumatic events, such… Read more »

Looking Back: My Caregiving Experience in Retrospect

​Why is life so much clearer in retrospect? With the passage of time, it is easy to look back, see the big picture and think: If I’d only known then, what I know now. I often hear caregivers voice… Read more »

Study Confirms: Supportive Housing Works and More is Needed

Among service providers and advocates there is a widely held belief that supportive housing greatly benefits those who are homeless and/or those experiencing life-altering mental or chemical health… Read more »