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Jul 24, 2018

In 2015 Nancy Belmont launched a project called the Courage Wallthat captured the attention of national and international media. The Courage Wall is a huge public chalkboard that reads, “I WISH I HAD THE COURAGE TO . . . ®” Nancy was interviewed on the TODAY Show, was featured internationally on Al Jazeera Network, and was highlighted in print media including The Washington Postand Forbes Magazine. The project was even tweeted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

In 2016, Nancy launched the UNITY Project, interactive public art that aims to bring people together to celebrate individuality and strengthen the ties that bind us together. The project went viral with an Upworthy video that captured over 8 million views. Nancy created a manual to empower others to bring UNITY to their communities. To-date, over 1,000 people from 47 states and 30 countries have downloaded the manual.

In December of 2016, she created Be the Light, a project that helped people identify how they would share their light with the world. Over the course of four weeks, thousands of people lit candles and wrote intentions of actions they would take to spread light and love. The moving ABC story on the project recently won an Emmy Award.

In June of 2017, Nancy launched Soar, a project that encourages people to let go of burdens that hold them back from stepping into their best selves. Participants identify a burden they are ready to release, write that burden on a rock and place the rock in a bin. Then they are invited to hang a brightly colored origami bird to symbolize their lightness and freedom from that burden. The project helps us understand that we are not alone in the human journey and reminds us of our individual and collective greatness.

Nancy’s latest project, The Sanctuary, highlights people’s inner critic. Participants identify a negative thought about themselves that does not serve them. They discard that thought by writing it on a slip of paper that is ceremonially burned at the end of the project. They then craft a positive affirmation to take its place and write it on a colorful disc. Participants hang their positive affirmations in a field surrounded by thousands of other expansive thoughts, creating a sanctuary of limitless thinking.

Association Chat
Association Chat (est. 2009) is an online community and weekly chat that takes place on Tuesdays at 2pm ET on You can connect with the association community throughout the week on Twitter using the hashtag #assnchat or through the Facebook Group.

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KiKi L'Italien serves as host for the chat with regular guests and quarterly live events along with creative collaborations with industry thought leaders.

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