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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Read to Lead


Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
4 part ONLINE book discussion
March 7, March 21, April 4, and April 18
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Register here

We are excited to offer a new opportunity for alumni and friends of the Center for Community Vitality.  The Read to Lead Series gives participants the chance to explore books that are discussed during our various Extension programs.  Over the course of four online gatherings you will explore sections of the book and discuss ideas with others who are excited about making things happen in their community.  The final session will feature a presentation by an Extension Educator on a specific idea of topic from the book.

Our first selection is Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block.  We have all seen our communities become divided or fragmented based on specific issues or work.  We have also seen people become more disconnected from their community.  When this happens we lose out on new ideas and the gifts that those individuals bring.  Peter Block explores how to build community by seeing the possibilities that exist.  He helps us look at ways to create openings for authentic communities and gives real strategies for how to make this happen.

Beth Kallestad, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator, will join the fourth session to lead a discussion on the power of the invitation.  She will provide strategies to help you open the door to working and learning with others in your community.

Participation in the book discussions is FREE!  You can find Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block at your local library, book store, and through online retailers.

Make sure to register today!  Registration closes February 21, 2017. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Vibrant Economies, Vibrant Communities



Economic development in communities does not happen because one person says that they are going to “do” economic development.  It happens because many community players come to the table to work together to strengthen the local business economy.  University of Minnesota Extension’s Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Strategies Program is here to help community leaders understand the needs and concerns of local businesses.  By understanding and addressing common business concerns, the community ensures a healthier future for itself.  The BR&E Strategies Program focuses on short term and long term objectives that help your community address issues today while planning for the future.  Extension offers BR&E courses online and in person to help community development professionals and community leaders understand the principles of BR&E and the processes involved.  This course will prepare you to lead a BR&E effort in your community and provide you with access to valuable resources.  You can currently register for course offerings in 2017 by visiting http://z.umn.edu/1bjd!  An in person class will begin on January 31 and the next online class will start on April 5.  Register by January 13 to take advantage of this great program!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Exploring Communities Using Minnesota Compass


The 2017 calendar presents us with 365 days to make a difference in our communities.   A great tool to help us on this journey is Minnesota Compass.  Minnesota Compass is a project led by the Wilder Foundation that gives everyone in Minnesota common information on a variety of social topic areas.  The information is not just statewide data, but is broken down into regional and county specific data.  Data is also presented for larger cities.  Minnesota Compass provides the opportunity to look at data and trends within your county and region to better understand what is really happening and how you compare to other areas of the state.  The data and trends analysis available to users can help you work with elected officials, write grants to support work in your community, or engage leaders in conversations about changes happening in your area.  Take some time to explore the great data that is available through their website as well as following @MNCompass on Twitter and MN Compass on Facebook.  It is a resource you won’t want to ignore as you do your work in 2017.

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