Needham Resilience Network

The Needham Resilience Network (NRN) is a “whole of society” effort designed to:

  • establish relationships across silos 
  • anchor participants in the framing and language of belonging
  • build skills in communicating across difference
  • explore local issues from various perspectives, 
  • and facilitate a process of co-creation in proposing solutions


Its members are leaders (formal and informal) spanning the full spectrum of political, business, faith, identity, health and social action organizations in Needham, as well as official Town departments (Town Manager, Select Board, Police Department, Public Schools, Public Safety).


Our shared values are stronger than what divides us.
~ john a. powell
Be as passionate about listening as you are about wanting to be heard.
~ Brene Brown
Every time we encounter new information we have a choice. We can attach our opinions to our identities and stand our ground… Or we can… define ourselves as people committed to the pursuit of truth...
~ Adam Grant
Belonging is being accepted and invited to participate. More than that, it means being able to raise issues and confront harsh truths as a full member of a community.
~ Susie Wise
It is hardly possible to overstate the value . . . of placing human beings in contact with other persons dissimilar to themselves, and with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar.
~ John Stuart Mills