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 About Thrive!

Thrive!, founded by Gary "Chris" Christopherson, is call to action with vision and mission for those wanting to build a thriving future for all. It is a vast, sustained human endeavor for building and sustaining a thriving future for all forever.

Thrive!®, Thrive! Endeavor®, T!® All Thrive Forever®, Thrivism®, Thrivist®, HealthePeople®, and What will you do?® are trademarks of Gary A. Christopherson. They are trademarked for public advocacy to promote awareness of the need for positive and integrative decision-making in the fields of public policy, public administration, healthcare and healthcare reform for the purpose of creating and sustaining positive change and a better, thriving future for communities on the local, state, regional and national levels.  

Supporting the mission and also founded by Gary Christopherson is "HealthePeople®". Its foundation is based on decades of health advocacy in and out of government.  

Supporting this endeavor, Thrive! Next Generation Toolkit strategies and models have been developed from 30+ years of experience at the local and national levels. They have been used for the following: the White House, Congress, inner city health, DoD Military Health System, Veterans Health System, and Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services. 


Gary "Chris" Christopherson, Founder (Bio)

Over his career, he worked at national/local levels on building better futures, large and positive change, person-centered, vulnerability, health and human services, policy, systems, models, performance, reform and management.

For decades, he strongly advocated Thrive! vision. His strategic, policy, management, performance, and advocacy work spans his service both in/out of government.

He authored several nonfiction books, including Thrive! - People's Guide to Thriving Future [Free Dnld], Be Unselfish! [Free Dnld], Stop Selfish! [Free Dnld] and Thrive! - Manual for Thriving Future [Free Dnld] Also available via

He is a sculptor of abstract art (, having created over 200 sculptures. He also authored several science fiction books - The Thrive! Endeavor, black box, Extinction - The Failure To Thrive, and Thrive! - Escape From Extinction and three children's books - Thrive Or Not To Thrive? - Tale Of Two Tomorrows, T!rrific [terrific] - What will you do to thrive? and Angel, Thriving Creator of Artful Things. (

Book on Chris -  A Life in Pursuit of Thriving for All

This is story of and by Chris and his lifelong pursuit of thriving future – all thrive forever. It begins and ends in rural western Wisconsin. But much happens, much in Washington (DC), in intervening 70+ years. Available paperback/eBook via or free download.

Chris created Thrive! to push a positive view and future. Thrive! manifests itself in Chris’ many nonfiction books, websites, blogs, and eMedia messages and images. All advance the Thrive! vision and mission. All this is for and is the thriving future Chris has been and continues pursuing with Thrive!. Chris still believes that humans can move beyond current selfishness and shortsightedness and build and achieve a thriving future for all.

Public Service (Bio)

Founder, Thrive!® and HealthePeople®

DoD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

DoD Senior Advisor to Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS

Fellow, National Academy for Public Administration [current]

Senior Fellow and Scholar-in-Residence, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

Associate Director, Presidential Personnel, Executive Office of the President, White House

Chief Information Officer, Veterans Health Administration, VA

Director of Health Legislation, House Select Committee on Aging, U.S. House of Representatives