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October 2012 Meeting

From your perspective, what are the opportunities facing communities in the next 2-5 years?

  • There are people with skills and assets in our communities who can be mobilized to make a difference.  Figure out how to turn them on.
  • There are opportunities for small businesses especially on microbusinesses and development of entrepreneurs that could be developed;
  • Need to create jobs with living wages to sustain and increase the population in small towns;
  • Small towns could learn to market and create incentives to attract returners to our small towns;
  • Small towns could market their community assets to pre-returners (youth before they leave) so that they know what great places our small towns are.  We need to figure out how to keep our youth and get them back especially the talented, and well educated;
  • South Dakota has the opportunity to recognize and address the structural racism in our state to free up the resources found in all of our residents
    • Develop a state vision of inclusion and access as the foundation for building our future
    • Don’t let racism paralyze us from action.
  • We have the opportunity to address the culture of poverty in our midst
    • Educate people about its control and consequences
    • Identify the skills, talents, and knowledge of those in poverty as the foundation for action.
  • The rising cost of food will impact all of us
    • We will need to figure out how to feed everyone;
    • We will need to revolutionize agriculture through crop change, agricultural practice change and diet change.
  • The upcoming elections may impact communities in a multitude of ways and require adjustments.  We will have to deal with them;
  • We have the opportunity to deal with the lack of quality and access to Healthcare for the future of our communities especially mental Healthcare.

How can SDSU Extension address these challenges?

  • Develop mutual trust with people in our communities;
  • Be relational with communities;
  • Treat us with respect;
  • Become mutual learners with us;
  • Help us leverage our human assets in the flesh; not on the Internet;
  • Help communities with food
    • Help us increase local food production;
    • Help us increase local food sales;
    • Help us understand nutrition.
  • Teach us to do what you do in communities
    • Give us your skills;
    • Teach us how to teach;
    • Learn more and teach us that.
  • Help us become our own community developers
    • Ignite our passion to make our communities better;
    • Learn the culture and context of each community that you work with and fit your relationships to that;
    • Teach us to work with groups, plan, design programs, implement, write grants, raise funds; evaluate;
  • But don’t go away; learn with us; lift our learning to a higher level;
  • We want you with us for the long haul.  We want to know that you are with us not like other agencies that come and go.  Maximize and leverage relationships in the flesh.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities facing communities in the next 2-5 years?

  • South Dakota has land and natural resources;
  • South Dakota can raise food;
  • South Dakota has people who are interested in it, care about it, and can make changes;
  • South Dakota has space, amenities, and communities for a growing world and for crowed urbanites;
  • South Dakota has Native American communities with human and cultural assets to build on;
  • South Dakota has the opportunity for its citizens to partner in ways never imagined;
  • South Dakota has the opportunity to be the leader in
    • Developing green energy for small business development;
    • Creating the most innovative rural Healthcare in our country;
    • Show casing the value of rural America to the rest of the voting public.

How can SDSU Extension support those opportunities?

  • Provide access and inclusion to the Extension and SDSU so that communities can participate in programs as co-creators;
  • Teach us how to identify and mobilize our human and other assets to make our communities better places;
  • Teach us how to evaluate our community efforts
    • We want to learn what works and what doesn’t;
    • We want to be able to learn our impacts;
    • We want to be able to show our residents our progress.
  • Work hand in hand with the tribal colleges to equip the people on our reservations to develop their own communities;
  • Develop local or regional micro and small loan funds that can assist entrepreneurs trapped in the culture of poverty.

What does success for South Dakota’s future look like?

  • If successful, South Dakota would:
  • Have communities that were actively pursuing their own future;
  • Have a culture of providing access and inclusion for all.  The opposite of our history.
  • Have a social climate of trust, integrity and civility;
  • Be focusing on building trust, seeking excellence, and achieving reconciliation;
  • Have grown together.

How can SDSU Extension partner with others to help insure realization of this future?

  • Be the leader in pursuing the above.  SDSU should select three changes from the above list and announce what it will do within 30 days to implement the change;
  • Publically model and share it resources and approach to learning with and from communities;
  • Lead the way in discussing and dealing with racism in South Dakota;
  • Be the partner with communities to deal with current and future issues.  Provide methods, training, research, information and help us evaluate as a partner.
  • Make a commitment to developing a long-term partnership with tribal governments.

What role should SDSU Extension play in significant societal issues that impact communities?

  • Foster the role of being an equal partner with South Dakota’s communities—whatever happens; wherever it is wanted.

What societal issues are of critical importance?

  • The culture of poverty in South Dakota;
  • Developing a culture of inclusion, accessibility and competence;
  • Dealing with the changes in agriculture;
  • Addressing the changes in family structure and function;
  • Helping communities deal with our demographic and cultural changes;
  • Ending violence in our communities;
  • Creating a culture that leads to hope and peace.

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