2016 Preconference Workshops

The Changing Paradigms in Community Development and the Implications for Higher Education

Sunday, July 24th 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Additional fee $25

This IACD sponsored pre-conference workshop focuses on the shifting paradigms of community development and the implications for higher education and learning.   We will explore the teleology and the tensions involved in defining the field through a deliberative process.   Community development is being influenced by a variety of funders and policy makers.  For example, the 2016 UN goals for sustainable development include a 15 year term guiding the work of governments, the private sector and civil society. The development of the goals, which apply to all of the UN member states, represents a triumph for a planned approach to development. Already the goals are having an impact in the language of development and in funding priorities. 

Community development professionals will need to be fluent in the goals and how these apply to the aspirations of their communities. This workshop will explore how community development educators are responding to these needs and others priorities.  The intended goal of this dialogue is to build a bold collaboration  towards a worldwide effort regarding community development education.

MN Network CD -- An event for new Minnesota CD professionals

Sunday, July 24 – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, No additional fee
Please note:  This workshop is open only to newer professionals in Minnesota or working along Minnesota's contiguous borders.  
We encourage you to register for the CDS conference, but to register ONLY for this pre-conference workshop contact Joyce Hoelting:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-625-8233 before July 15, 2016.

This pre-conference session is designed for early career professionals (at least one year but less than eight years of experience) who are working in community development organizations in the State of Minnesota. This pre-conference workshop is the first educational and networking event of an exciting initiative led by leaders and managers from the Blandin Foundation, the Initiative Foundation, Extension, and Regional Development Commissions. The initiative intends to develop ways for all community development organizations in rural Minnesota to engage in professional development opportunities together.  The goal is to strengthen skills in the field and build a stronger network of organizations working in community development throughout the state.  

This kick-off event will be targeted at new professionals in the field of community development and will include:   

  • A discussion of the experience, learnings, and concerns of new professionals in the field of community development
  • The history of community development in the State of Minnesota --  organizations, funders, and networks
  • Reflections of leaders and managers of community development organizations for the next generation
  • World Café Discussion:  Special topics (selected by participants themselves) for discussion as colleagues
  • The role of the Community Development Society in supporting new professionals.

While learning, the group will also consider ways that they can strengthen the network of young professionals in the field of community development, and will share their ideas for developing the MN Network CD initiative.

Deliberative Approaches to Public Engagement: Practice and Analysis 

Sunday, July 24th 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Additional fee $50

As issues become more complex and contentious, local leaders and community residents are looking for effective strategies for involving the public that produce more informed and more sustainable decisions. Better decisions enable community leaders to make progress toward goals of addressing poverty, hunger, health and well-being, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

This workshop will address:

  • Developing capacity for local organizations, including Extension services, to deliver educational programming to adequately address this need.
  • Defining your role in leading deliberative approaches to address community issues; core content of the deliberative process; deliberation practice (both participant and facilitator)
  • Small groups identify next steps for using deliberative approaches in community development.

What’s Up in Healthy Living - An Interactive Discussion

Sunday, July 24th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Additional fee $25

The CDS Health Interest Group will convene a very interactive workshop to help get the conference participants “warmed up” for discussions during the conference on how to “engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.” 

Participants will be engaged to share at least 3 different insights from their practice experience:

  • The biggest challenges you see during your healthy living activities/programs.
  • Highlights of one strategy/activity you are coordinating or are aware of with success in improving healthy living.
  • What techniques/tools could the CDS Health Interest Group encourage/support to increase the knowledge transfer between interested parties