Out of the Board Room and Into the Living Room

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“We all do better when we all do better”—Senator Paul Wellstone

My neighbor walks his parrot around the block every day at 11:30 am. A cat can open and close a home office door while his owner doesn’t even blink, and chicken coops can be transformed into offices. As the pandemic unfolds and as we continue to try to make sense of the untold grief and sadness around us, we still find—and seek— reasons to smile.

One of those few positives is getting to connect with people in unusual settings. From wild virtual backgrounds, to mountain lakes, to strategic interior decorating techniques to support the video call. We’ve gotten to know one another a little better, meeting each other’s families, pets and living environment. We’ve moved out of the boardroom and into one another’s living room. During our former in-person coworking space world, one of the great pleasures the Cambia Grove team was privileged to see is the unending generosity of innovators. With calendars packed within the minute, we often saw folks drop everything to meet with a fellow community member to lend a hand. If they were unable or unavailable to assist, referral and connections to those that could were frequent. 

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These connectors selflessly share their networks, resources, time, and talent to move innovations forward.

Wonderfully, while we are living in this new virtual world, the generosity of these connectors has also transferred to the virtual space. 

Through our membership platform, we’ve seen this role of the connector emerge even more prominently. In our Slack channel and during member events, folks from all over the world share their time and talent with one another. They do so not based upon the formal terms and conditions, but rather through larger unwritten community values we’ve all defined. United in the belief that we can and must do more to ensure health care is more patient focused and economically sustainable, innovators jump in to lend a hand and get to work. 
 

It is paying it back and paying it forward without some ledger tracking transactions. It is this shared understanding coined by the late Senator Paul Wellstone that “We all do better when we all do better.”

It is the deep recognition that we live in a deeply broken systemically unjust place but together we will right these wrongs.

This is what has carried us through 2020 and will sharpen our focus for the challenges ahead. 
We have the talent, resources, culture and community to create vibrant health innovation ecosystems and now we even have a framework to focus these efforts. 

As we close out the calendar year, we say thank you to this community for their determination, profound generosity and shared sense of hope that together we can realize a health care system that involves everyone from the frontline health care workers and patients, to the entrepreneurs forging innovations and everyone in between.

Onward together,

Nick

Community Engagement Director

Nick joined Cambia Grove in July 2018 to amplify and grow the work throughout the health innovation community. His primary focus is elevating the programmatic messaging and ensuring that the needs of our community are firmly represented in the pursuit of a person centric, economic sustainable health care system.

Nick is drawn to this work for the vast potential impacts a transformed health care system could have for people from every socioeconomic background. In his previous roles, Nick served as a political campaign operative and consultant for eight years focused building community to take on tough challenges at many levels of elected office across the country. 

In 2015, he joined Food Lifeline’s development team eventually transitioning into a community programs role where he led a hunger and health intervention for food insecure type 2 diabetics. In this role, Nick had the privilege of working with representatives from a broad cross-section of the health care industry to develop and launch a robust pilot program with Sea Mar Community Health Centers. 

Outside of work, Nick and his wife, Molly, enjoy being parents to baby Eilis and 18-pound cat baby named C.C. Nick relishes any opportunity to sign up and not properly train for half and full marathons, gardening and exploring every corner of Washington state.