Formerly incarcerated, Robert Dixon was hired by Urban Alchemy in 2019 after serving 36 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDC&R).
His first assignment as a UA practitioner was to provide safety and service in front of the SF public library and facilitate members of the public at Middle Ground, an Exploratorium social science exhibition.
The mission at Urban Alchemy is to transform people and urban spaces with respect and compassion to heal communities at the intersection of extreme poverty, addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Robert is a fitness professional with a passion for promoting the fitness and nutrition lifestyle throughout northern California with his mobile fitness company, Ne Plus Ultra.
He has been married for three years to his lovely wife, friend, and business partner Connie Dixon. His hobbies include listening to music, cooking, hiking, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and discovering traveling adventures to embark on with his wife.
Robert will be speaking at:
Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit
Tuesday, 7th February 2023
Trauma-informed Approaches to Support Inclusive Learning in Urban Public Spaces
More organisations are meeting communities where they are by bringing science and art experiences into public spaces. We recognise the potential these experiences have to support community well-being, but we also struggle with a common challenge in urban public space: How can we create the necessary physical and psychological safety required for learning? Urban Alchemy, an organisation committed to well-being in traumatised urban spaces, partnered with the Exploratorium in SF to develop a facilitation approach that addresses this challenge. This presentation will share how the place-based, trauma-informed facilitation strategies they developed can add to your efforts to promote community well-being!