Pre-Conference Workshops 2014

courthouseSunday, July 20, 2014

There is no additional cost to attend a pre-conference workshop, however registration is required.

Collaborative Local Governance: Applying Deliberative Methods to Address Community Challenges

Bill Rizzo, University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center

Eric Giordano, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service

Traditional, ‘top-down’ approaches to local governance often separate elected officials and citizens rather than bringing them together to address local challenges and opportunities. A corresponding erosion of civility, within government and across communities, and diminished levels of trust of government have combined to disconnect citizens, local government, and community-serving organizations from one other. During this workshop, participants will examine, as well as experience, collaborative approaches for restoring these connections.

This will be a highly interactive session. To begin, participants will be provided with a conceptual framework and associated content for convening and leading local deliberative activities. Methods of citizen engagement, issue naming and framing, and dialogue and deliberation will be covered, in detail. Participants will then examine case studies, consider a range of deliberation and engagement techniques, and construct their own ‘practice’ frameworks for bringing to communities a civil, collaborative approach to local problem-solving and policy development. Well-established public engagement guides and tools from the International Association for Public Participation, the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums, the Public Conversations Project, and other organizations will be used to help participants integrate an array of engagement approaches into their thinking and practice. 

Tech Tools for Community Development

Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting and Wisconsin Rural Partners

At its core, success in community development work depends largely on effective communication. However it is a continual battle to stay abreast of the latest advances in communication technology. 

This workshop will introduce a broad range of technology tools that can aid community development practitioners to work more effectively, with an emphasis on free and low-cost tools. Using an interactive approach to learning, Dennis will highlight tools to help with project management, online input and feedback, social media management and information dissemination. Participants will learn how to set up their own project web site, create and manage online discussions, manage social media streams and gather and use data from online sources. The session will also cover “tips, tricks and traps” to help users choose the right technology tools and apply them most efficiently. 

Participants should plan to bring a laptop to get the most out of this hands-on seminar. 

Community Coaching Chautauqua

Dan Kahl, Kansas State University 

Jane Leonard, Community Development Consultant

Mary Emery, South Dakota State University

Community coaching is an emerging approach to building citizen capacity for affecting community change. Community coaching builds on ideas and skills for interpersonal communication, group dynamics, and the field of community development to create a new role from which to support coalitions and local groups in their community change efforts. The situations where community coaching has been embraced; the philosophies of the role of the coach; and the methods and tools incorporated in community coaching all vary greatly. 

This Chautauqua is a gathering of practitioners and researchers with interest in this emerging practice in community development. This session will encourage sharing of ideas, stories, and resources in an effort to better document and understand what we are learning about Community Coaching.

An Innovative Teaching Tool to Build Entrepreneurial Communities

John Gruidl, Western Illinois University 

Paul Schuytema, City of Monmouth, Illinois

Many community leaders now realize that supporting entrepreneurs is crucial for their community’s success. Yet they often are unaware of what actions can be taken locally to improve their “entrepreneurial ecosystem”. In this workshop, participants will learn an innovative way to teach the ingredients of a strong ecosystem through playing a serious game, Up & Out: Entrepreneurship Edition (upandoutgame.com). Playing the game in a community setting leads participants into a rich discussion of the community’s current ecosystem and possible improvements. This game-based approach is being used extensively in an entrepreneurship assessment and planning project in Missouri. 

During the workshop, we will play Entrepreneurship Edition together, discuss how this game is currently being used in communities and classrooms, and seek feedback from participants as to how the game can be improved and applied elsewhere. Furthermore, we will offer participants the opportunity for a free six-month license of the game. Start the conference with a fun game and rich discussion about entrepreneurship!

Humanizing Community Innovation: New Strategies for Creative and Collaborative Development Practice

Ted Alter, Penn State University 

Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting and Wisconsin Rural Partners

Michael W-P Fortunato, Sam Houston State University

Bryan Hains, University of Kentucky 

Ron Hustedde, University of Kentucky 

Craig Talmage, Arizona State University

Innovation is a popular buzzword among entrepreneurs and government leaders alike, but for a community to truly become innovative, it must first harness the imagination, talent, emotion, and creativity of its citizens. For communities seeking to solve problems locally, bringing citizens together in a constructive context requires an approach that is as innovative as the intended outcomes. In this workshop, participants will learn four innovative approaches to stimulating and enhancing community innovation: improving diversity by engaging conflict, harnessing emotion, storytelling and creating community narratives, and using jazz music as a community innovation technique. 

The workshop will take the format of an engaged role-play exercise, with participants learning new community innovation techniques as they simultaneously encounter the excitement and challenges of trying new approaches in an applied setting. Throughout, participants will work through innovation strategies while being coached by facilitators regarding the emotional, physical, and technological challenges of collective innovation.

Downtown and Business District Market Analysis: An Economic Roadmap to Commercial District Renaissance

Bill Ryan, University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development

Jenny Garner, University of Illinois Extension

Josh Clements, Iowa Extension 

Downtown and Business District Market Analysis As small cities throughout the Midwest continue to recover from the Great Recession, they face changes in both their consumers and competition. Some of the changes provide opportunities for new products and services that complement downtown’s unique character. An understanding of the market is a prerequisite for evaluating these opportunities. This session will provide instruction on how a community study group can use the Downtown and Business District Market Analysis toolbox http://fyi.uwex.edu/downtown-market-analysis/ to create an economic development roadmap. Participants will work through examples related to trade area determination, demographics and lifestyle analysis, survey and focus group techniques, and business demand/supply analyses. Participants will learn how these tools can lead to business retention, expansion, recruitment and other action steps. Examples of how communities in the region are using the toolbox will be discussed.

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