Often someone will meet us at the airport and drive us back to town – and in this informal get together, a lot of questions are asked, answers are shared and the process of the embedded community visit begins.
Usually next up is a walk through (or drive through) town and we have the opportunity to see your town in a way you don’t. Because we’re fresh eyes, we see things that you may miss. Usually over dinner there’s more discussion and conversation.
Because we’ve done our research, and talked with your key players before we come, we have an idea of the types of things you’d like to hear more about from us. We share this with you in a presentation style event. Sometimes it’s strictly a presentation, sometimes it is interactive – depending on your community! I often provide a handout (online) that you can download at your leisure after I’ve gone. We encourage everyone to sign up for our weekly newsletters as well – there’s lots of information you will use. We also have a private Facebook group you will be able to participate in and learn from. Finally, you may wish to consider our Megaphone or Insider membership.
When we come for an embedded community experience we begin the process with you of Gather Your Crowd and teach you how to use the Idea Friendly method. We encourage you to bring together positive people to crowdsource the future of your town. The old way of deciding the future was done by organizations and government, our new way is done by everyone. The old way had someone in control, our new way is to get as many people as possible trying new things. We show you how to Build Connections and Take Small Steps.
If it sounds informal, that is because it is. Intentionally. Because we want you to have practical steps you can put into action right away. We’re not there to help you create a master plan that then goes back on a shelf to be dusted off 5 years later and rewritten. We also want everyone in the community who wants to participate to be valued and welcomed. Each embedded community experience is tailored to the needs of your community and what works for you.
Luther College educated me and I lived in Chicago for many years. My children and grandchildren are still in Chicago.
I’ve worked as an insurance underwriter, bartender, a retail management professional, salesperson, a teacher and a writer.
I returned home to Iowa to care for my elderly parents.
Much to my surprise, the Iowa I remembered was so much more than just a place to raise pigs. Iowa has a rich prairie heritage, is loaded with historical sites and treasures, welcoming neighbors and good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit.
I’m a fan of the local business, supports non-profit organizations in my community and work hard to give back.
I bring a wealth of experience to the table because of the various industries I’ve worked in and I bring an unique outlook to your organization.
You can reach me at 641-580-0103, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Webster City!
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