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Moonshot Press’s Thriving in Montco PA focus is a hyperlocal approach to implementing our moonshot, a world where democracy thrives by providing every individual, regardless of their background, with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.  The effort  applies  Moonshot Press’s core principles and framework to a local setting. We're on a mission to nurture a healthy, vibrant community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, starting from the very beginning of life.

Welcome to Moonshot Press's Thriving in Montco PA Initiative

Empowering Montgomery County Towards a Vibrant Democracy

Moonshot Press proudly introduces "Thriving in Montco PA," our dedicated effort to foster a community where democracy flourishes, ensuring every individual, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.


Our vision is grounded in the belief that a vibrant, healthy democracy is built on the foundation of empowered citizens leading flourishing lives.We are dedicated to  a community where democracy thrives in Montco PA by providing every individual, regardless of their background, with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Our Mission: A Hyperlocal Approach to a Universal Vision

​At Moonshot Press, we're committed to transforming Montgomery County and beyond into exemplars of our moonshot vision. By applying the first principles of American democracy, along with our core values and frameworks, we're taking a hyperlocal approach to make an expansive impact. Our initiatives leverage the salutogenic and citizenism paradigms, guiding principles that drive our efforts toward enhancing health and well-being as pivotal to thriving democracy.

Empowering Communities Through Key Areas of Focus

We're diving deep into areas critical for community empowerment:

  • Democracy of Opportunity: We spotlight the crucial first 1000 days of life, from conception to age two, focusing on holistic child development to set the foundation for a lifetime of opportunities.

  • My Healthy Montco, PA: We aim to build a stronger, healthier Montgomery County by embracing the salutogenic model, enhancing community well-being through active engagement, environmental improvements, and proactive policy advocacy.

  • Healthcare System Transformation: We're reimagining healthcare in Montgomery County to prioritize wellness and well-being, aligning with our broader mission to support a thriving democracy.

Additionally, we're exploring the impact of technology on everyday life in Montco PA and assessing the media ecosystem's role in upholding the principles of democracy.


Join Our Year-Long Journey

Our journey begins with a focus on the pivotal first 1000 days of life, anchoring our exploration around two fundamental questions:

  • What are the core capabilities necessary for a flourishing life?

  • What do we owe the next generation?


The Moonshot Press Citizen Toolbox

To engage and empower, Moonshot Press offers a citizen toolbox and deliberation platforms, along with guidance for taking personal, social, and political actions. We're dedicated to establishing and reporting on indicators and outcomes that highlight how individuals and communities can thrive.

Join us in this transformative journey with Moonshot Press's Thriving in Montco PA. Together, we can lay the groundwork for a future where every child and citizen in Montgomery County has the chance to thrive and contribute to a robust democracy.

Invitation to Act:

Become a part of this critical initiative. Whether by enhancing your personal well-being, engaging in your community, or advocating for political change, your actions contribute to a brighter future for all. Let's create a legacy of health, empowerment, and democracy that will resonate for generations to come.

Launching Montco PA First 1000 Days of Life 

The Institute for Salutogenesis, a new organization dedicated to fostering well-being and growth, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking initiative, "Thriving in Montco PA." This ambitious project  aims to revolutionize perinatal and early childhood health in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, setting a new standard for nurturing children's potential from the very first moments of life.

On going discussions 

"What Are the Core Capabilities for a Flourishing Life?"

Welcome to our discussion on "What Are the Core Capabilities for a Flourishing Life?" This forum is a space for exploring the essential skills and attributes that lay the groundwork for a thriving existence.

What Do We Owe the Next Generation?

Welcome to our forum on "What Do We Owe the Next Generation?" This conversation opens a crucial dialogue on our collective responsibility towards newborns, encompassing not just their immediate physical needs but also their right to a future filled with opportunities for growth and fulfillment.

Areas for Exploration

April: Introduction  

The First 1000 Days of Life

What We Owe the New Generation?          

The theoretical aspects: the first 1000 days  


May: The Healthy Community

The Salutogenic Individual and Community

Indicators and Influences


May: The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant

The Salutogenic Individual  


June: The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant

The Salutogenic Community : The local  platform 


June: My Healthy Montco PA 

 The Ecosystem and  Stakeholders


July: Deliberative Formats

  • Citizen Briefs

  • Case Presentation 

  • Citizen Commission


July: Citizen Tool Box​


September - October:  Take Action- Get Personal, Get Social ,    Get Political 


November:  Health of the Region 


December: Policy Areas


December:  Review

The Salutogenic Healthcare System

Within the healthcare system, the salutogenic paradigm offers a transformative framework that goes beyond simply addressing pathology and focuses on strengthening individual and social resources to promote health and optimal well-being. This comprehensive approach recognizes the significant role of social determinants of health in shaping an individual's health outcomes and expands potential interventions to encompass the individual, community, and broader cultural and political levels.

Health of the Region

Areas of Focus 

The First 1000 Days in Montco, PA

My Healthy


Healthcare Transformation

DALL·E 2023-11-17 07.18.38 - An artistic illustration representing 'The 1000 Days of Life

The Montco First 1000 Days initiative is at the forefront of reimagining perinatal and early childhood health and well-being within our community.

My Healthy Montco is your source for information and tools, to help your health journey. 


Leveraging the abundant healthcare assets of our region, we have the opportunity to build a healthcare system in the Delaware Valley that offers quality, affordable healthcare to all citizens, setting an example for the nation.

The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant 

The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant is an innovative AI-powered digital assistant specifically designed to enhance health and well-being during the critical first 1000 days of life. Built on the salutogenic model, which emphasizes enabling health and wellness, Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant offers personalized, evidence-based health assessments and actionable insights. 

Ecosystem and Stakeholders: Mapping, visualizing and understanding the landscape and stakeholders associated with the First 1000 Days in Monco PA.   

Stakeholder Watch





Healthcare System 





Get Involved

Get Personal 


Information and tools for personal well being

Get Social 

Information and tools for engaging in your community

Get Political 

Information and tools for engaging political locally and beyond


Periodic Reflections Published on the Substack Platform 

Why Democracy of Opportunity?

Democracy of Opportunity recognizes the fundamental need to ensure equal opportunities, rights, and well-being for all individuals. It provides a comprehensive framework, tools, and resources that empower individuals to participate fully in society and foster engaged communities. By addressing systemic inequalities and breaking down social barriers, the initiative aims to create an environment that enables every citizen to flourish and actively contribute to shaping a vibrant and inclusive democracy.

The Challenge and Opportunity of Digital Technology and Social Media for Western Democracy

The invention of the Gutenberg Press marked a pivotal moment in human history, facilitating not only the spread of religious texts but also the proliferation of diverse forms of information, including the early scientific journals that fueled the scientific revolution. This technological advancement helped disseminate ideas that reshaped governments and enabled public participation in political processes, notably through influential publications like The Federalist Papers during the U.S. Constitution's ratification. As we navigate the second decade of the digital revolution, we find ourselves at a juncture that may well surpass the influence of the Gutenberg Press. Our challenge is to harness these advancements to enhance citizen dialogue and uphold the promise of democracy.

What Do We Owe the Next Generations?
As we embark on the exploration of "What We Owe the Next Generations" in the pursuit of a democracy of opportunity, we delve into a profound inquiry that encompasses philosophical, political, and spiritual dimensions. This effort aims to investigate the moral and societal obligations we bear towards newborn citizens, to ensure their flourishing and equal access to opportunities in a democratic society.


The First 1000 Days of Life Long Flourishing

Within the Moonshot Press, the First 1000 Days focus plays a vital role in setting the foundations for individuals to attain core capabilities. This initiative recognizes the critical importance of the early period from preconception to 24 months of age in shaping an individual's physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being.

The Salutogenic Approaches to the First 1000 Days: Setting the Foundation for a Flourishing Life

The First 1000 Days of Life is a critical period that plays a significant role in shaping an individual's health, well-being, and future outcomes. To optimize the potential for impacting the positive development during this period, the integration of salutogenic approaches is essential. The salutogenic paradigm, informed by key components such as the Sense of Coherence, Generalized Resistance Resources, Specific Resistance Resources, and the understanding of Health in the River of Life, provides a comprehensive framework for promoting well-being and resilience throughout the life course. The salutogenic paradigm provides a lens through which foundations are established for achieving core capabilities required for meaningful functioning consistent with an individual's goals. 


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