PRLog - Jun. 5, 2011 - Facing the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, families continue to struggle with a multitude of challenges, and in many cases they are left to cope alone, with little outside help. The only way we can reverse this trend is through communication, the first step to understanding the issues, in an effort to find solutions.
On a more personal level in families, how many times, does a problem exist, but there is no attempt to confront it? Somehow, life goes on like everything's okay, while in reality, it's not. Under the surface, hidden from view, the challenges continue to intensify, until they can no longer be contained, bringing about an explosion of events and a crisis. Though many times this brings about efforts for resolution, so much pain, suffering and damage could have been prevented with open communication and conflict resolution.
In many ways, this is a microcosm of what is happening in our communities. Each household is like a member of the family and the events, circumstances and challenges of that family either contributes to health and stability or a hidden problem that can eventually spiral into a crisis. This is where a corporate effort is needed, to engage the grassroots level, churches, youth leadership programs, schools, intergovernmental, small business and corporate resources to promote a connection with our neighbors, so that hidden challenges and unmet needs can be understood and resolved. One family at a time, together we can change the landscape, to bring about hope, healing and recovery in our communities, states and country as a whole.
Reflecting on 20 years of work in project development for humanitarian operations, Artist H-II Stephen Michael Apatow  wrote the song "The American Way," and soundtracks on the album project "Country Goes Global," now available on iTunes. 
1. Leadership in the Face of Adversity, Against the Odds and Outside of the Box: On The Lecture Circuit: H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow, HRI: United Nations Arts Initiative, 12 May 2011. Url: http://www.unarts.org/
2. Country Goes Global: Artist H-II Stephen Michael Apatow on iTunes. Url: http://itunes.apple.com/
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Humanitarian Resource Institute United Nations Arts Initiative: Promoting the arts as a vehicle for solution oriented strategic planning and development across the globe.