Meet Common Thread

Why Common Thread?

The name was chosen to represent the “common thread” of all my work. In all of my pursuits I aim to uphold and strengthen community values, including collaboration, respect for diversity, social justice and a deep understanding and critique of social inequality. The name was a perfect match to link all of the work that I have been involved in that focuses on creating stronger communities.

Natalie BrownNatalie Brown Kivell. I am a PhD Candidate in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami, a media maker and an agent for social change. I am driven by my passion for igniting  broader levels of systemic change we need, to fight against the intersections of  deeply entrenched social issues. I am dedicated to my work and my communities, and I endeavor to support and work with those who continue to dismantle systems of oppression to make their communities a safe, accessible and inclusive place to live.

I have an MA in Community Psychology and I have worked on community-based research projects across the Waterloo Region and South Western Ontario since 2007, and now within the Miami community since 2013. My experience working with community organizations, government departments, grassroots groups as well as membership organizations has helped me to tinker with and build on a wide range of skills – one of the most important being developing relationships with those who have skills that I don’t have as social change is bigger than any one of us and a focus on working with others is a key to our success.

I am devoted to transformative and sustainable change and I enjoy digging into root causes and underlying systemic issues.


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At Common Thread Consulting,
our vision is a community that is interconnected, capacity rich and efficient in implementing
positive change.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.


“There are many words to describe Natalie Brown – passionate, energetic, skilled, good-natured, committed, accountable – but when I think of my experience working with Natalie as we developed the Center for Community Research, Learning and Action at Wilfrid Laurier University, one word stands out: integrity. Natalie is of “sound construction”. She approaches community practice with honesty, solid principles, and a genuineness that is unmatched. She works hard, cares deeply about the work and she values relationships above all else. I could always count on her to get things done right and with care. I certainly wish there were two of Natalie so I could leave one in Kitchener-Waterloo and bring one to work with me at my new home at the University of Miami. She’s a fantastic community researcher and action partner and I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to replace her.”
by Dr. Scot Evans, Professor at the University of Miami