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Nov 21

Curbside Chat: An Important Look at the Financial Realities Facing American Towns

10:00 am EST

Why are so many cities and towns across North America going broke? Our roads are deteriorating. Our governments are in debt. No matter how much we increase them, our taxes are not enough to fix it all. No one seems to be able to agree on how we got here—much less how to change the course. This isn’t just about numbers on a budget. This is about the fate of the communities we love most, and the real people that live there. This is about how to give our citizens, today and tomorrow, a chance at the future they deserve. If we want American cities to be strong and resilient we need to change everything about the way we plan and build our places.

In the Curbside Chat, we explain, in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” We will show you a revolutionary way forward that could create enduring prosperity—if we just have the courage to change our minds.

Presented by Charles Marohn, known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. Marohn has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns: Volume 1 and Volume 2 — as well as A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content.

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.  To join the webinar go to http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. 

To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect. NOTE: CHROME is not compatible with Adobe Connect, use either Firefox or IE.


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Nov 21

Finding Inspiration Through the Food Systems Impact Collaborative

2:00 pm EST

Join us on as we explore Food Systems topics and the Impact Collaborative process. Are you looking for innovative ideas? Are you interested in launching, refreshing or rethinking a project or program?  The Impact Collaborative is here to provide you with inspiration, networking opportunities and learning events that support "thinking differently" from idea generation, to project development, implementation, measuring impact, and beyond.

This 30-minute webinar will introduce you to food system topics that individuals and teams can explore (and expand on) in this informational webinar on the Food Systems Impact Collaborative. We will also share how to apply for the Impact Collaborative. Come prepared to be inspired, share your thoughts, and ask questions!

More information on eXtension’s Impact Collaborative: https://www.extension.org/impact-collaborative/

Presenter: Melanie Weir, eXtension Food Systems Fellow



Melanie Weir, Molly Immendorf

Nov 28

Let's Talk about Race

2:00 pm EST

How do our patterns of thinking and our shared history influence the way we lead and work? Using personal stories and case studies, we will introduce and examine race, white privilege, structural racism, internalized racism, bias, color blindness, intersectionality, and white fragility to foster a personal reflection and collective conversation about race as a key element in the work we do as Extension.

How we work, whether through audiences we engage with, shaping programs and practices, or sustaining cultural norms internal to Extension may yield inequity among diverse community members and be informed by unconscious/unrecognized bias. This webinar will present research to help you understand how these systems have developed throughout history and discuss strategies to foster a genuine conversation about race that works towards equity for all participants and employees.

This is not your typical webinar! Rather than attendees passively watching presenters, this will be a fully interactive learning event where attendees will engage with presenters as well as other attendees with live audio and video. Use this test link from Zoom to test your systems ability to connect to the meeting interactively. Please come prepared to learn, reflect, and engage with others in conversation via Zoom Breakrooms.  If registering for the webinar, please read this short piece by Peggy McIntosh prior to the webinar.

This session is presented by Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Eriks Dunens, Statewide Extension Educator in Leadership and Civic Engagement.


Eriks Dunens

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