Author: Stephen Sloan

Natural Disaster Followed By Avoidable Digital Disaster: A Proposed Solution

Natural Disaster Followed By Avoidable Digital Disaster: A Proposed Solution

The Problems Disaster response has become a data-intensive endeavor requiring vast amounts of data, governance, security, and analysis Communities have not organized their digital leadership in such a way as to be able to quickly ramp up digital operations to meet the needs of other 

Cutting the Gordian Knot of Attainable Housing in Oregon

Cutting the Gordian Knot of Attainable Housing in Oregon

Lack of housing affordable for working people is limiting our regions economic equality and growth.  Our essential workers cannot build stable lives and generational wealth if they are burdened by the cost of housing every month. You can’t save what you had to spend on 

Local Innovation Works Updates and Invitations

Local Innovation Works Updates and Invitations

Hi, I hope you are well.  

Just an invitation or two and a quick update. 

Invitations 

Our commitment to supporting innovation in our community continues with a discussion on how citizens can better collaborate with each other and city government with Ashland Mayor Julie Akins and Interim City Manager Gary Milliman.  This program on community driven leadership is a collaboration with our friends at Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.   We will meet virtually on Sunday evening, November 14th at 5pm.  Register for the Zoom meeting here (link expired).

We have also been supporting the work of Reimagine and Rebuild Rogue Valley (R3V) as they seek to turn tragedy into transformation.  We work to facilitate community conversations and projects around attainably priced housing supply and community rebuilding to build trust, inclusion, equity, and efficiency across sectors.  Soon, we’ll add conversations around resilient public infrastructure and rebuilding our economy.  Our meetings are open to all, find upcoming events here.  Add them to your calendar or email me and I will add you to the invite lists for future meetings. 

Updates

Here’s a nice video piece by the Mail Tribune on some of our work in the community.  Zone captains is a partnership with founding organization, Remake Talent, and Rogue Workforce Partnership who helps fund the Zone Captain’s work.  Zone Captains (Español) are hiring part and full time positions  if you know anyone who is a community weaver in Talent or Phoenix. 

Of course, we are also continuing our work bridging SOU students into leadership development and community service opportunities via our Local Innovation Lab partnership with Southern Oregon University.  We’re also elated to partner with the university in offering a Values-based Leadership micro credential to community members and full-time students.

I’d love to learn more about your vision for local innovation and resilience. 

Have a lovely week,

Stephen Bárczay Sloan​

c/t (541) 414.9506
Find a time on my calendar

Autumn 2020 Internship Showcase

Autumn 2020 Internship Showcase

In the wake of Covid-19 and recent wildfires in our valley, our first cohort of ten students has been working to meet the essential needs of ​our community​ and create new local jobs. In the process, the students have been diving into their own humane 

Local Innovation Lab Internships Autumn 2020

Local Innovation Lab Internships Autumn 2020

This term 10 interns worked on six projects to support fire relief and capacity building within our organization. Post Almeda Fire Community Rebuild Opportunities Interns: Jesse Jo, Karina, Kadyn, MakaylaClients: Linda Tetreault The original objective of this project was to create land asset maps of 

Fire Preparedness

Fire Preparedness


Download the PulsePoint app. We follow both Jackson County Fire District #5 and Ashland Fire & Rescue.

RyanWeather.com on Facebook. Focused on weather forecasting and climatology within Southern Oregon and Northern California. He also provides updates on local and regional wildfires during the summer months. You won’t find a more accurate weather source for our region.

Jackson County Police and Fire Live Scanner Audio

Active Fire Map from oregon.gov

Trip Check for Oregon road incidents, closures, and cameras

AirNow for regular AQI updates and smoke map

Jackson County Live Scanner UpdatesTranscribed This link may need to be updated, as the thread is replaced when it has 1,000 comments. Scroll to bottom of the thread for next link.

Ashland Fire Department Air Pollution – Bit delayed, but has every-three-hour, six-day forecasts of wind direction and speed

We enjoy the mesmerizing depiction of global wind currents at Windfinder.

Local Innovation Works: Mayoral Candidate Interviews 2020

Local Innovation Works: Mayoral Candidate Interviews 2020

As the November election approaches, we face a choice of tracks to travel toward our shared future. In this important moment, we wanted to contribute to the community’s consideration of candidates. We believe that the agenda-setting and convening power of the mayor is crucial as