Who We Are

Who We Are

Local Innovation Works supports recovery and resilience in Southern Oregon by supporting and training emerging leaders in values-aligned social and commercial organizations. We also host conversations that align values and promote action for the benefit of our diverse, thriving community. We focus on conversations to clarify values, identify opportunities for collaborative solutions, and aligning on actions that can move us toward our shared goals.

Our Work

We started as a loose group of concerned citizens and are moving into more formal arrangements as a 501(c)(3) focused on helping our communities thrive. We pursue two core projects:

  1. Local Innovation Lab - Internships and leadership development in partnership with SOU to support fire relief efforts, nonprofits, and businesses who can serve local needs and create good local jobs.
  2. Community Conversations - hosting conversations that align values and promote action for the benefit of our diverse, thriving community. We focus on conversations to clarify values, identify opportunities for collaborative solutions, and aligning on actions that can move us toward our shared goals.

We start locally because that's a quick route to what's true and relevant, but we are always looking to develop models and methods we can share with others.

Board Members

Stephen Bárczay Sloan is founder of the Humane Leadership Institute and author of Humane Leadership: Tools to Engage, Empower, and Improve Performance.

Ellen Holty is our Disaster Response Community Liaison and now leads efforts to build the support navigators program in cooperation with Rogue Community Health and many other community-based organizations.

Bret Anderson, is the Chair of the Economics department at Southern Oregon University

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Header image by Grayson Soldahl.