Monday, April 2, 2012

Meet the Media Day - 10am Sat, Apr 28 at NET

A Community Conversation with Local Media
Free and Open to the Public

Description: An opportunity to meet with local media who will be discussing the interplay between media and community through questions such as, "What is our core purpose? What do we do to fulfill that purpose? What is our impact on community? How can the community get involved?”

Featuring (from left to right):
Where: NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St.

When: 10-11am on Saturday, April 28, 2012

Brought to you by:

Positivity Matters -

The Northeast Lincoln Partnership -

Contact: Nick Hernandez - Community Builder at Positivity Matters | 402-802-7763

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Positivity Matters

The vision of Positivity Matters is a world where all people experience high levels of wellbeing. We use strength-based community building practices to turn that vision into reality.

Elements of Positivity Matters:
1. We host Community Matters radio, every Monday from 11:30am-noon central time on KZUM 89.3 FM
Podcasts: click here

2. We are co-hosting Happiness Lincoln: A Summit on Wellbeing on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at UNL.
Free registration:

3. We host Wellbeing Discussion Groups
Free and open to the public. All are welcome! 
Meet and converse with other people who are interested in increasing their wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Discussion Group - Indigo Bridge
Indigo Bridge Books
701 P St | Lincoln, NE 68508
Fridays from 12-1pm

4. We help admin the Positive Psychology group on Facebook: 

Positivity Matters is a proud member of the Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln

Positivity Matters on Facebook


A calendar of events for Positivity Matters and  partnering organizations.

Upcoming Events:

Positivity Matters Discussion Group
When: Fridays from 12-1pm
Where: Indigo Bridge Books in the Creamery Building | 701 P St.
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
We will have a “Positivity Matters Meetup” sign up on one of the tables.

Past Events:

Creating a Community Leadership Mentoring Network:
Vision: A healthy community rich in well-being and community leadership capital.
Mission: To turn that vision into reality we seek to build an adult mentoring program to link together people who have an innate drive to curate positive community experiences like festivals, service projects, and community conversations.
Where: The community room at NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St, Lincoln, NE
When: 10-11am, Saturday, October 12, 2013
Free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Event notice on:

Feeding the Soul of the Community: Celebrating the Splendor of Ideas, Art, and Storytelling
Where: NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St | Lincoln, NE
When: Saturday, January 26th 2013 from 10-11am

Local connectors speaking how they seek to feed the soul of the community and what inspires them.
Each panelist will discuss:

  • What is the story of the project they organize?
  • What is vision of the project they organize?

Marco Abel, Humanities on the Edge Co-founder -
Brian Ardinger, The Big Plate Co-founder -
Randy Bretz, TEDxLincoln Curator -
Derek Dibbern, Icarus Session Host -
Martha Florence, NET Engagement Coordinator -
Aja Martin, Indigo Bridge Books Manager -
David Martin, True Stories Live Organizer -
Cherisse McCoy, Omaha TED Talk Meetup Group-
Amanda Thonen, Lincoln Startup Weekend Curator -
Sandra Williams, UNL - Art in the Community

Positivity Matters helped amplify the Cameron Effect in 2012 - a community wide compassion and kindness project.

The 2012 Cameron Effect kickoff at Nebraska Wesleyan University on 9/11:

The Seeds of Kindness celebration at The Sheldon Museum of Art on December 7, 2012:

Toward a Strengths-Based Community:
A panel discussion and community conversation
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Where: 5th Floor Conference Room in the  Lincoln Community Foundation building at 215 Centennial Mall
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10-11am.

A link to event information on Facebook:

Cameron Effect & Positivity Matters Partnership Project:   

Veg Fest 2012
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 2-5:30pm
Where: Holmes Lake Park 

Lincoln Arts Festival
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10am - 6pm and Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 10am - 5pm
Where: SouthPointe Pavilions - 2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE

Presentation to the University of Nebraska:
What is positive psychology and why does it matter? 
How can Positivity Matters make a difference in my life, the life of the University, and in the life of the communities we are a part of? 
When: Friday, Aug 3, 2012 from 11:30am-1pm. 

A Community Conversation on Philanthropy featuring:
  • Amanda Garner from Nebraska Global   
  • Robin Mahoney from the United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County
  • Paula Metcalf from the Lincoln Community Foundation
  • Monica Zinke from Fresh Start
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 10-11am
Where: Northern Lights Hy-Vee | 84th & Holdrege

Presentation to Sunrise Rotary:
When: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 7-8pm
Where: IHOP | 27th St & Superior

Positivity Matters' appearance on the Healthy Kids & Healthy Families segment on KLKN Channel 8.  Friday, July 6, 2012

Meet the Media Day - a community conversation to understand how the local media organizations (NET Television, KZUM, Lincoln Journal Star) see themselves as part of the cultural fabric of Lincoln.This event took place at NET Television at 10am on Saturday, March 24, at NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St.

Nick Hernandez spoke about Positivity Matters at the Lincoln Northeast Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

A screening of Happy - Documentary & Faculty Panel Discussion
Nebraska Wesleyan University
February 21, 2012
Positivity Matters provided signed copies of books on positive psychology to give away at the screening which included:
Emotional Equations by Chip Conley
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky - as featured in Happy
Drive by Dan Pink

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Links to the Posts of Positivity Matters:
Positivity Matters: Main Entry
Positivity Matters - Lincoln
Happiness Lincoln 2014
Positivity Matters Around the World  

Drivers of Positive Community Development
10 Great Places of Lincoln x 10 Great Things to Do at Each

Friday, February 24, 2012

Positivity Matters - Lincoln

Positivity Matters - Lincoln:

Vision Statement: 
Increasing goodwill and connectedness by bringing awareness to people of their strengths while fostering positive psychology in Lincoln.

Adviory Council:
Cathy Behrns - General Manager at KZUM 89.3 FM
Martha Florence: Director of Community Engagement at NET 
 & board member of : 
  • Sheldon Art Association
  • The Malone Center
  • Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln
  • City of Lincoln Libraries
Laurie Fraser - Co-chair, Cause Camp 2013
Paul and Shelley Freeman - The Cameron Effect
Nick Hernandez - Social Entrepreneur at Positivity Matters
Bob Rauner - Executive Director at Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln
Sheila Stratton - Radio Host of The Joy Factor
Community Theme Advisors:

1. Positive Psychology
2. Positive Connectedness - Jim Keck -  Senior Minister, First-Plymouth Congregational Church
3. Philanthropy 
4. Positive Health - Bob Rauner, Executive Director, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln 
5. Positive Education:
6. Arts, Sports, & Culture:
7. Storytelling, Media, & Journalism:
8. Economy

9. The Built Environment and Placemaking 
10. The Natural Environment
11. Neighborhoods
  • Nick Hernandez - President, Havelock Neighborhood Association
12.. Leadership Development
 Links to the Posts of Positivity Matters:
Positivity Matters: Main Entry
Positivity Matters - Lincoln
Happiness Lincoln 2014
Positivity Matters Around the World  

Drivers of Positive Community Development
10 Great Places of Lincoln x 10 Great Things to Do at Each

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happiness Lincoln: A Summit on Wellbeing

Happiness Lincoln: A Summit on Wellbeing

What: A summit on positive psychology and wellbeing in partnership with UNL's Center for Civic Engagement.
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: On the city campus of UNL in the Nebraska Union | 1400 R St | Lincoln NE 68508
  • To spotlight wellbeing research and practical tools that can help individuals, organizations, and communities flourish
  • To celebrate Lincoln, NE being among the top 10 cities  in the U.S. in wellbeing for two years running 2012-2013.
  • To commemorate 15 years of research, scholarship, and practice since the first positive psychology summit took place - September 9-12, 1999 Lincoln, Nebraska.
Conference Design:
The structure of the day is built around factors of positive mental health identified by the World Health Organization:
"Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community." 

Auditorium | Nebraska Union
Room 202/Ubuntu Room | Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

Auditorium 9:00-9:10am | Nick Hernandez: Opening Remarks

Auditorium 9:10-9:35am | Prof. Fred Luthans on Evidence-Based Positive Psychological Capital: Leading and Developing the HERO Within 

Auditorium 9:35-10am | Prof. Emeritus of Psychology at UNL, Richard Dienstbier, author of Building Resistance to Stress and Aging, on mental toughness and the effects of love and affection on brain development

Break | 10:00-10:10am

Auditorium 10:10-10:40am | David Gould on Fostering Wellbeing and Civic Engagement in a University Environment

Break to Panel Sessions | 10:40-10:50am

Room 202/Ubuntu Room
10:50-11:30am | Panel on Healthy Communities
Auditorium 10:50-11:30am | Panel on Culture and Wellbeing

Break to Lunch | 11:30am-1:00pm

Auditorium 1-1:50pm | Dr. Dan Baker on What Happy People Know and What Happy Companies Know |

Break to Panel Sessions | 1:50-2pm

Auditorium 2-2:40pm | Panel on Designing and Sustaining Great Workplace Cultures
Room 202/Ubuntu Room | Courage and Heroism | 2-2:40pm

Break | 2:40-2:45pm 

Room 202/Ubuntu Room 2:45-3:25pm | Reverence and Magnanimity |
Auditorium 2:45-3:25pm | Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Break | 3:25-3:30pm

Auditorium 3:30-3:40pm | Closing

Planning Council:
Martha Florence, Director of Community Engagement at NET-Television.
Nick Hernandez, Founder of Positivity Matters.
Linda Major, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at UNL.
Laura Uridil, Youth Leadership Lincoln coordinator.


Dr. Katherine Loflin, led the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community research
Shannon Polly, covered Cincinnati’s CoreChange Appreciative Inquiry Summit
Sheila Stratton, Host of the Joy Factor on KZUM.  


Links to the other posts:
Positivity Matters: Main Entry
Positivity Matters - Lincoln
Happiness Lincoln 2014
Positivity Matters Around the World  

Drivers of Positive Community Development
10 Great Places of Lincoln x 10 Great Things to Do at Each

Monday, February 6, 2012

...Be Happy! Tue, Feb 21 7pm at NWU

Forum Film Screening: "Happy" - A Community Event

Door Prizes - signed copies of the following books: 

Emotional Equations by Chip Conley
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky - as featured in Happy
Drive by Dan Pink

The Happy Movie is a 90-minute documentary that sets out to answer what makes us happy. Academy Award-nominated director Roko Belic takes viewers to the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia to explore the secrets behind our most valued emotion. These stories and more will lead viewers to a deeper understanding of how to live a more fulfilling, healthy, happy life.

Following the film, a panel of NWU professors who have expertise in the area of happiness and positive psychology, will share their thoughts and offer insight.

NWU's Happy Panelists:
Ted Bulling
Frank Ferraro
Abigail Mitchell

 Nebraska Wesleyan University
Olin B Lecture Hall - located in the Olin Hall of Science
One block east of 50th St and St. Paul Ave

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7pm

A priceless opportunity to connect with community at no cost to you.

Developing our strengths to find personally meaningful ways to connect with our neighborhoods.

We hope you 'like' Positivity Matters

Positivity Matters Around the World

Positivity Matters - Chicago:
Jamie Johnson - Account Manager at Orbitz, Life Coach, and founding member of Positivity Matters - Chicago
Strategic | Input | Adaptability | Connectedness | Futuristic

Positivity Matters - Las Vegas
Liz G. -   Zappos associate, and founding member of Positivity Matters - Las Vegas
Input | Learner | Includer | Positivity | Adaptability

Links to the Posts of Positivity Matters:
Positivity Matters: Main Entry
Positivity Matters - Lincoln
Happiness Lincoln 2014
Positivity Matters Around the World  

Drivers of Positive Community Development
10 Great Places of Lincoln x 10 Great Things to Do at Each

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Drivers of Positive Community Development

Drivers of Positive Community Development:

Positive Psychology emerged at the beginning of the new millennium as a movement within psychology aimed at enhancing human strengths such as creativity, joy, flow, responsibility, and optimal performance and achievement. Most study of human behavior has focused mainly on what goes wrong in human affairs: aggression, mental disease, failure, and so on. While it is essential to study and contain such pathologies, it is equally important to understand those aspects of human experience that make life worth living.

2. Positive Connectedness 

Friendship, bonding social capital, bridging social capital, etc.
3. Philanthropy

“A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything - time, money, experience, skills, and networks - in any amount, to create a better world.”

Philanthropists can increase their impact by identifying, broadening, and building their unique strengths and those of the communities they interact with to create positive environments where people can flourish.

4. Positive Health

Positive health describes a state beyond the mere absence of disease and is definable and measurable. Positive health can be operationalised by a combination of excellent status on biological,subjective, and functional measures.

Positive education is defined as education for both traditional skills and for happiness.
Video: Positive Education with Character Strengths

"Through learning we grow, becoming more than we were before, and in that sense learning is unselfish, because it results in the transformation of what we were before, a setting aside of the old self in favor of a more complex one."
~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

6. Art, Sport, & Culture

Visual Art, Sports, Theater, Film, Music, Dance, Performance Art, Storytelling

National Advisor: Meghan Keener - Positive Psychology Expert specializing in Positive Media.

Journalism, newspapers, television, internet, media, social media, advertising, internet, public relations

"Communication is a symbolic process whereby reality is produced, maintained, repaired, and transformed."
~James W. Carey, Journalism Instructor at Columbia University, died in 2006

"...the work done in media industries is a fundamental aspect of contemporary experiences – intellectual, emotional, political, spiritual."
~Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards

The process and policies by which a nation improves the economic, political, and social well-being of its people. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship which results in the creation of new businesses or the expansion of existing businesses. Building the cultural life of a community is a good in itself, but it also helps in cases where when all other relocation or start up factors are considered, a business will want to choose your community.

Ideas for exploration:

Shared Value:
"...shared value (video clip 1)... involves creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges. Shared value (video clip 2) is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success."

We  see great potential for coworking to foster both economic development and positive social connectedness. "Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, sometimes an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization."
~Coworking Wikipedia Entry

Positive Technology Advisor: Zack Prager, Joy Dose & Gratitude Bucket

9.  Placemaking

National Advisor: Katherine Loflin - Principal at Loflin Consulting Solutions

"Placemaking is when you put place central to all your decisions, all of your thinking. It doesn't mean you stop growing and you stop becoming, but its that you never lose sight of where you live and the space that you share and how much it matters."
~Katherine Loflin host of Place Matters

"...quality of place creates human capital, and human capital generates economic activity and revitalization."
~Dennis Scholl on Place Matters

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover their needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place. The vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small-scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to public spaces and the people who use them.

  1. Identify the top ten public spaces (streets, bars, coffee shops, parks, etc.) in your neighborhood that draw people together and ten great things (reasons to be there, things to do, things to see, etc.) about each place.
  2. Bring your strengths, drivers, and your neighborhood together to better your top ten public places.
10. Environment
Nature experiences, gardening, parks, etc.

11. Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods (walkable, about the size of an area that feeds into an elementary school) and neighborhood partnerships (bikable, an area the size of the neighborhoods that feed into a  high school) are ends in themselves, and they are also living laboratories to discover what works well. Each neighborhood partnership will have an advisory council and each city will have a central advisory council with members that are each deeply connected to one or more of the ten drivers of positive community development.

Is your neighborhood moving in the right direction?
Answer these simple YES/NO questions to find out.

1. Is the neighborhood cleaner?
2. Does the neighborhood feel safer?
3. Is the neighborhood more attractive?
4. Are there fewer vacancies?
5. Are there more people on the sidewalks?
6. Is there a popular new outdoor gathering place?
7. Is there a popular new indoor gathering place?
8. Is there new evidence of arts activity?
9. Has the local press reported on it positively?
10. Do people in the neighborhood generally agree that the neighborhood is getting better?

 12. Leadership/ Followership Development

"Leadership focuses on building alignment through inspiring visions. Leadership provides direction. The key is that leaders listen, and cobble together a vision from lots of people."
 ~Dave Logan

Leadership and Followership: What Tango Teaches Us About These Roles in Life
~Ira Chaleff

13. Play
National Advisor on Play: Emily Nash - Education Department Manager at Lincoln Children's Museum

Links to the Posts of Positivity Matters:
Positivity Matters: Main Entry
Positivity Matters - Lincoln
Happiness Lincoln 2014
Positivity Matters Around the World  

Drivers of Positive Community Development
10 Great Places of Lincoln x 10 Great Things to Do at Each