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Read to Lead

The books we read and the people that we meet are two key things that change who we are from one year to the next.  Read to Lead offers you the opportunity to read a book that has been used in Extension's Leadership and Civic Engagement programming and discuss it with others who are also leaders in their communities.  The series will divide the book between three conversations and a fourth session will be led by an Extension educator to explore a key topic from the book.

If you are interested in participating or have a suggestion for a future book, please contact Christy Kallevig, Alumni Program and Cohort Coordinator at or by phone at 320-235-0726 ext. 2018.


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

Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities--businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government--do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together. We know what healthy communities look like--there are many success stories out there, and they've been described in detail. What Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation. He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen.

Extension educator, Beth Kallestad, will explore the power of invitation within our communities during the April 18 session.  She will discuss the act of inviting others to you in the work as well as the responsibility that comes with the invitation.  Beth will share insights and strategies to help you open the door to working and learning together.

The book can be purchased at local book stores or through online retailers.

Register today by visiting  Registration closes Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (CST)