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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

Winter 2021 Internship Showcase

Winter 2021 Internship Showcase

This term 13 interns worked on a variety of projects supporting fire relief, local community organizations, and self-leadership. Interns presented their projects on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Below are descriptions and links to each presentation, then the full showcase video is embedded at the end 

Front Page News!

Front Page News!

Local Innovation Lab interns are making a real difference in our valley’s recovery from the twin disasters of 2020.  Their impact was recently featured in our local newspaper. The article features Local Innovation Lab intern Hannah Brandt, who worked with the City of Phoenix to 

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 self leadership and using professional tools to manage their projects, time, and performance.

The interns ​showcased six projects:

  • Listening to those displaced by the Almeda fire and collecting their input to inform recovery efforts
  • Researching disaster recovery and rebuild solutions
  • Creating a community investment fund​ to support micro loans to start and scale local nonprofit and commercial enterprises​
  • Reaching out to local businesses about their capacity to expand their employment opportunities
  • Researching granting opportunities for local nonprofits
  • ​Create ​web and video communications​ for Local Innovation Works

More details on the projects here

The interns ​​presented their projects on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. ​

The full showcase video hosted by Professor Bret Anderson of SOU and Ellie Holty of the Local Innovation Lab.  Below you will find a topical index to the video.

The video is fascinating, but long. So, if you would like to jump to the bits most relevant to you, see the indexes by project and topics below.

How you can support LIL interns’ work in 2021

Bret Anderson, Ph.D

Ways to support LIL interns 

Donate here

Education for the 21st century

LIL as a prototype for education for the 21st century. Combining liberal arts with professional skills to help students self lead their transition to valuable work

How Humane Leadership development and the internships reinforce each other

Self leadership integrated with the internships

Grayson

How the internship experiences and the Humane Leadership curriculum interact ~50 seconds

Haylee

What I learned – skills and personal growth

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. 

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 we face a variety of important decisions in the coming months.

Our concerns about this election

  • Our situation as a community is difficult and complex.
  • Civic discourse as a shared search for common ground, sense, and solutions needs to regain momentum.

Our assumptions

  • Leadership can make a difference.
  • Conversations in community will likely yield better solutions than a few dedicated staffers and folks voting in the council chambers can create.
  • Understanding what candidates value and how they think is crucial in these fast-moving, unpredictable times.

The goal

Try reinvigorating civic discourse with an experiment in one small town mayoral race. This experiment is to give the candidates space to reveal:

  • Who they are
  • What they value
  • What they see as the key issues
  • How they think
  • How they will host the community conversations required to prioritize our values, cocreate solutions, and organize actions.

The plan

Interview each candidate separately on Zoom to give them space to reveal themselves in the openings questions create for them. Keep commentary to a minimum.

Release the two unedited videos at the same time so that no one can have an advantage by knowing the other person’s answers.

The questions

  1. What do you see as the values of this community?
  2. What are your values as they relate to the communities values?
  3. How are those values revealed in your daily life?
  4. How do you see Ashland succeeding in the future?
  5. What other cities do you think Ashland could learn from?
  6. What have you learned about leading Ashland in the last year?
  7. How do you study issues and arrive at priorities?
  8. What are the key issues that the community should address in the next few years?
  9. What are the policy trade-offs, the competing values built into these issues?
  10. What is your plan for helping the community to discuss and decide about how to balance those tensions?

The conversations:

Note, the candidates were free to answer each question to their own satisfaction. I tried to be encouraging with minor feedback; humans need that to feel comfortable. I also tried to avoid follow up questions to keep the playing field even. The videos are different lengths because the candidates each chose to answer the questions in their own ways.

I hope that you will find the candidates as interesting and engaging as I did.

Thanks to Julie and Tonya for participating.

Thank you for taking the time to understand the mayoral candidates a bit better.

QuestionJulieTonya
1. What do you see as the values of this community?Julie 1 Tonya 1 
2. What are your values as they relate to the communities values?Julie 2 Tonya 2 
3. How are those values revealed in your daily life?Julie 3 Tonya 3 
4. How do you see Ashland succeeding in the future?Julie 4 Tonya 4 
5. What other cities do you think Ashland could learn from?Julie 5 Tonya 5 
6. What have you learned about leading Ashland in the last year?Julie 6 Tonya 6 
7. How do you study issues and arrive at priorities?Julie 7 Tonya 7 
8. What are the key issues that the community should address in the next few years?Julie 8 Tonya 8 
9. What are the policy trade-offs, the competing values built into these issues?Julie 9 Tonya 9 
10. What is your plan for helping the community to discuss and decide about how to balance those tensions?Julie 10Tonya 10 

Julie Akinswebsite

Tonya Grahamwebsite

Reach out if you would like to support this same process for other races or if you have other ideas for building our community.