The video recording of the March 25, 2008 "Community-Based Strategies for Economic Re-Engagment" is now available. You can view it here. Note that there is about 60 minutes of dead air as locations were working on their local plans. Once you get to that spot, you can fast forward to about the 1:56:53 minute mark to pick up the last half hour where some of the locations share their strategies and Ed and Scott share a few additional thoughts. The PowerPoint presentation is available here.
The following are facilitator and participant materials for the Developing Community-Based Economic Re-Engagement Strategies scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2009:
Agenda - This is the agenda for the session. Please make copies of this and distribute to all participants.
Facilitator Notes - This is needed for only the local facilitators. it will give you details of what you need to do when including some questions that may be helping in prompting creative thinking during the group exercises.
Solutions Lab Pack - This is what participants will use to work through their strategy development. Each participant will need a copy
Purdue University Economic Re-Engagement Toolbox - This is an initial list of some of the programs and resources available at Purdue. Please encourage representatives from other organizations to add to this toolbox with resources and programs from their own organizations or agencies. Each participant will need a copy of this.
Session Evaluation - Each participant needs a copy of this and please ask them to complete it and leave with you. See Facilitator's Notes for information about what to do with them after the session.
On Wednesday, March 25 community leaders in several Indiana communities will be coming together to develop solutions to help the firms and workers in their communities get "re-engaged" with the economy. They will be thinking creatively and preparing to act strategically to develop new civic networks like:
Strategy redesign networks
Direct re-employment networks
Growth cluster networks
Skunk works networks
Career ladder networks
Career exploration networks
The next few days following the March 25 event, we will be posting their ideas on this blog. Watch the space in the upper right had side of this page for some of the most innovative thinking related to helping troubled firms and unemployed workers re-engage with the changing economy.
All across the state of Indiana, local Extension Offices will be convening community leaders to consider new strategies for helping local people and businesses struggling in the current economy. The program will be from 9:30 am - 12 noon EST on Wednesday, March 25th. Here is some additional information about the program.
We are in the midst of a recession that is among one of the deepest on record and thus far our cumulative payroll decline now stands at 3 million and many feel that may represent only the half-way mark of the total job loss. Indiana’s is being hit even harder than many other states with unemployment rates above the national average.
Both businesses and people are becoming economically disengaged as the economy shrinks and shifts. How can they get re-engaged? Whose job is it to help these businesses as they face difficult decisions? Whose job is it to work with unemployed Hoosiers as they figure out how they will earn a living? The answer is “all of us.” It will take all of us to get through this difficult time - educators, industry leaders, economic and workforce development officials, government, business-support groups, and other community stakeholders.
We need to consider new and creative ways our communities can assist businesses and individuals to re-engage with our changing economy. We need new ways to work together, to link and leverage our assets, and to create new economic opportunities in the midst of the storm.
This workshop will help community leaders develop new strategies and create civic networks to help troubled businesses develop new strategic directions and assist workers to navigate their choices of a new job in their field, get the skills they need for work in another career path, or set out on their own to pursue an entrepreneurial venture. This facilitated session will provide hands-on tools to develop these and other community-based approaches. More information about re-employment strategies is available at www.re-employment.net.
If you are an Extension Educator interesting in hosting this program, here is some additional information:
The session will be from 9:30 - 12 noon EST on Wednesday, March 25th. There will be a facilitator training done via Adobe Connect on March 9, 2009 from 2 - 4:00 EST. Please sign up to host here. You can download a customizable flyer here.
If you are interested in partnering with us on this program or if you want to know where in the state these sessions will be held, drop me an email.