Editorial and Outreach Leader Job – June 2021

Editorial and Outreach Leader Job – June 2021

Job title Editorial and Outreach Leader How this position serves fire survivors and those impacted by Covid-19 LIW directly supports the leadership of fire recovery and rebuild efforts by supporting the research, development, coordination, and communication of resources while opening opportunities for fire-affected communities to 

Operations Leader Job – June 2021

Operations Leader Job – June 2021

Job title            Operations Leader How this position serves fire survivors and those impacted by Covid-19 LIW directly supports the leadership of fire recovery and rebuild efforts by supporting the research, development, coordination, and communication of resources while opening opportunities for fire-affected communities to 

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 of this page.

Recovery Dashboard

Sabra worked with the nonprofit Remake Talent to create an interactive fire recovery dashboard using ArcGIS, county data, census data, and linking live data from other sources using APIs. She will be continuing to develop this project through the spring term. Video of the presentation.

Rogue Forest Restoration Initiative

Turtle worked with four non-profits and six public agencies to create a geospatial infrastructure to facilitate collaboration on project scale forest management, monitoring, and restoration in the Rogue Basin. Video of the presentation.

Family Nurturing Center Client Needs Data

Nicholas took survey information gathered by Family Nurturing Center to understand what the community was telling us about their needs and learn how to address the community’s core issues. Video of the presentation

Map of Fire Relief Organizations

Finlay created an interactive online presentation of the evolving network of fire relief organizations that provide resources to the Rogue Valley. Video of the presentation

Community Investment Fund

Brian continued another intern’s work started in Fall 2020 of creating a community investment fund, researching gaps between local banks’ loan terms and the ability of underserved entrepreneurial borrowers to get credit. Video of the presentation

Wellness Support Instagram Profile

Creating an Instagram wellness channel, Kelsey shared tips for mental health, well being, and resiliency, and also met individually with her many followers to support their personal journeys. Video of the presentation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab Genetic Sequencing

Ritikaa worked at the local Forensics Lab to increase their reference sample collection to include DNA extracted from a variety of species. Video of the presentation

Self-Leadership and Discovery Through Songwriting

India created one original song by herself, critically examining and refining her creative habits to gain some insight into her artistic process. Video of the presentation

Accounting Support for the City of Phoenix

Hannah was originally tasked with sorting out the City of Phoenix’s water billing accounts post Almeda Fire. She then tackled the city’s 2021-2022 budget (yes, seriously!). Video of the presentation

Spanish Translation of Fire Relief Resources

Jorge continued working with LIL for a second term, this time helping Mi Valley Mi Hogar ensure that all their outreach materials are accessible to the Spanish speaking population.

Funder Database

Another intern (who wished to be unnamed) worked with the Gordon Elwood Foundation to create a “visually appealing, accessible online database profiling key funders in the Southern Oregon region.” 

Local Innovation Works Social Media and Website Support

Ryden helped to post events and updates on Facebook and to revise and add content to the LIW site.

The full showcase video hosted by Ellie Holty, Program Director of the Local Innovation Lab, and Stephen Sloan of the Humane Leadership Institute:

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 

Community Investment Fund Update February 2020

Community Investment Fund Update February 2020

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on our exploratory work to establish a community investment fund. Since our meeting in November, we undertook – with able guidance from Tonya Graham – a “Done in a Day” strategic planning exercise to articulate 

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


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


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. 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. 



Here is a collection of ways to help and receive help that we have been sent by the Rogue Valley community.

  • This Google document has so much information, updated regularly, in one place for those wanted to give and those looking for gifts:   
  • Here is a list of GoFundMe pages consolidated to one Google doc:  
  • Click here to sign up to join the “Grocery Brigade.” They are providing groceries and a hot meal upon entering a new housing situation for displaced folks.  
  • Sign up to be a part of Rogue Valley Fire Mutual Aid or to receive aid here.
  • Click here for information about from a team of folks who are already planning the rebuild of Talent and Phoenix.
  • If you would like to sign up to be a part of the rebuilding after the fire team, sign up here.
  • Rogue Food Unites is coordinating food businesses, farms, and cultural organizations to meet the acute demand for regional support with a community-driven meal preparation and delivery program.
  • Rogue Valley Recovers has excellent, up to date information about recovery efforts and resources.
  • WinterSpring is dedicated to helping those who are grieving face loss.
  • Jackson County has also put together a great website with regular updates and a comprehensive list of resources

Donate funds to:

For fire preparations, we have compiled a list of useful links to maps, weather, air quality, etc. here

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