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Showing posts from July, 2014

Inspiration: Brain GAIN

Many people know the term "brain drain" but are you familiar with "brain gain?"

University of Minnesota Extension Research Fellow Ben Winchester has been examining the phenomenon of small towns seeing 30-49 year-olds and their families moving into rural communities. He recently recorded a presentation about brain gain - check it out to learn more. The video lasts an hour so treat it like a podcast and get ready for some strong food for thought.

Check out the Brain Gain website for even more information on the trend, resources for communities, the research backing it up, and how it has been covered in the news.

Leadership skills for engaging others

The 2014 Leadership Series continues with an exciting offering made up of three webinars examining different aspects of engaging others.

Do people tune out of meetings? Does the group always head down the same path? Looking for ways to include new people and perspectives in your work? This offering, over three separate webinars, will provide insight into these common situations. In preparation, participants will be invited to watch a short, online presentation in the week before the live webinar. On that day, educators Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt will lead conversations that invite participants to consider and apply the tools and tips to their real-life situations.

Webinars are offered on the second Friday of September, October, and November. Register for one, two, or all three. The cost for one webinar is $15. Sign up for all three and receive a $10 discount.Questioning skills - Friday, September 12 - Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt - It has been said that people move in the direction of…

Odds and Ends: Want to work for Extension? and more

Sometimes we have so much news to share that posts could be overflowing. Odds and Ends is here to help by aggregating a few noteworthy items.

Three bits of information to share, including two great opportunities and an informative read about how civic engagement can look and work in communities.Interested in being a part of the work Extension does in Leadership and Civic Engagement education? We are looking to a hire an educator who would primarily serve the West Central part of Minnesota. If this is you or someone you know, please take a look at the full job posting.Minnesota offers many great summer festivals and fairs across the state. One such event, Flom Farm Fest, is coming up next month. Located in Norman County, this is a great, weekend get-together with mudding, music, and even bed races this year! Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program alumni Christina and David Lien are a part of the effort to put it on, so go out and support them August 22-24. Track their Facebook pag…

Opportunity: Bush Fellowship Program accepting soon

Looking for a way to make things happen in your community? Consider applying to be a Bush Fellow.

The Bush Fellowship supports leaders in many ways as they work on becoming better leaders to make positives happen in their community.

There is a bunch of great information on the Bush Foundation site, so start thinking now of ways that you can improve yourself and your community. The application process opens on July 29 and closes September 11.