Questions to Understand Another's Viewpoint

The news environment is throwing sound bites of information. Politicians spew carefully crafted words, even defining new phrases.

When faced with sound bites, try these questions to help you with your position and understand another’s: 
•    Do I believe what I’ve heard?
•    I don’t like what I’ve heard, but for those who feel that way, what do they deeply care about?
•    Is what’s being said based on a fact, an assumption, a false conclusion?
•    What might happen to others from my ideas?
•    What are the trade-offs I am, or not, willing to make about what’s being said?
•    What is valuable to me or those who support this way of thinking?
•    Could it be I am mistaken in my belief?
•    Would I come to the same conclusion about some other person in a similar situation?
•    Why should I continue to act and feel as if this were true if there is no good reason to believe it?

Questioning and verifying what we hear is good for ourselves, our businesses, communities, and country.

It’s the Be WUCA! Way.

These questions can grow your community! Check it out at http://www.bewuca.com/blog/community-engagement-institute

Steps to Build Wealth in America's Rural Communities

Has your area grown in the last 100 years? Areas across the United States have not grown in population for more than 100 years, as rural communities have struggled how to address economic development, create more of a workforce and build population. We've learned that a community has a personality just as an individual does and to change how it looks at the world requires time, persistence, and a willingness to change the way they look at things.

Our experience tells us it takes at least a three-year commitment to change a community's personality and outlook. These super-fun, interesting processes are critical building blocks to begin a steady, consistent, long-term relationship-building, image-changing, sustainable plan to grow rural areas. Great benefits come for rural areas in this bottoms-up approach to community growth through building and strengthening relationships within and between communities!

Relationship Economic Development WUCA!-izes communities to:

  • prepare for newcomers,
  • learn skills to talk through community issues that positively guide the future,
  • learn more about their own area - how each community is unique and complements one another,
  • identify, invite, and welcome those from around the globe who want to live in rural areas, and
  • grow populations and business sectors.

Leadership Development

This 24+-hr classroom experience is available for up to 25 community members per class. This in-depth walk through our book and its exercises, The Be WUCA! Way, The ART of getting alongseeks to ingrain soft skills that lead to workforce and people engagement. When people truly walk this lifestyle, their personal and professional environments and relationships will change. When perceptions change, behavior changes, one person at a time. We recommend that a notable number of the starting class is selected from service sector employees in convenience stores and restaurants. These front-line managers and service industry professionals are often the front-door to any community and the impression a visitor/potential new business receives.

For faster results, we can train as many groups as desired.

Public Policy Institute

We’ll teach the art of deliberative dialogue to talk through wicked issues, not just about them – like school issues and immigration.

This powerful tool is the approach for schools, communities, business, families, and organizations to participate in the art of civic engagement in each school district. It’s powerful because dialogue includes the voices and values of all who want to participate – the more divergent, the more powerful. The outcome of these conversations will provide common ground to overcome school, workforce, and all critical community growth issues.

We’ve led hundreds of dialogues, including 108 separate ones in the four caucus/primary states. The report informed then-presidential candidates of citizen voice on healthcare and financial security.

We’ve written/helped write local and national issue books including county economic development, education, eminent domain and more. One we led with high school students on America’s Role in the World was included in the 50th anniversary of The Dartmouth Conference on U.S./Russia relations.

Professional Development for School Staff / community/Kickoff Back-to-School Speaker

Lead the year with a one-day training The Be WUCA! Way. This will set the stage for expectations and opportunities during the school year to impact thousands between staff, administration, students, and families.

Deliberative Dialogues

Held in each community of the school district, these dialogues will focus on workforce development and community growth. Using their training from the Public Policy Institute (above), community members will be able to co-moderate, record, observe, and be part of writing the report from value-based conversations that seek win-win outcomes, that, again, talk through issues, not just about them. This training will equip citizens on how to tackle the tough issues they face.

Community Builders – March-September/October

Community Builders is a fast, easy, super-fun way to change the environment of an area. From the March kickoff meeting through community tours and educational components during April/May – October, we’ll focus on technology infrastructure the first year in each area. This process allows communities to dig deep into their area and showcase what makes them proud.

We’ll repeat each year with a different focus, and beyond, if desired. It’s critical for sustainability and new ideas to bring in new people each year to create the town tours and to continue changing the culture through what is learned.

Years Two & Three begin the cycle again, with new professional development topics, participants, and more intentional connection with entrepreneurship in the school districts to impact student achievement and outcomes for students and communities.

Individual business session:                                                                Employees Leave Managers, Not Companies

This one-day session is designed to present a core WUCA! message for employee engagement and application for increased workplace productivity, customer service, and expansion.

Coaching in the Classroom (CIC): year-round

Global Horizons will be in the classroom once a week to focus on workforce development and entrepreneurship that nurtures great ideas from a student into potential businesses and connect them strongly with the business community. During three years at a rural Iowa school district, we reduced their high school “at-risk” population from 41% to 12% by teaching workplace skills.

Contact Global Horizons to begin your three-year cycle           repopulate your community!

Create Wealth with Community Builders

All across our rural regions, schools are struggling with cutting budgets due to declining enrollment, districts are facing decisions to close buildings and move students to schools in other towns and neighborhoods. Young people are moving to economic opportunities elsewhere. Families face low-wage jobs as poverty levels continue an upward trend.

Community and economic development need to be more than just about creating jobs. It's about creating an environment where businesses - which create jobs - and people - who create quality of life - can thrive.

It's about locally creating a place where people are part of their future.

This is where wealth is created.

Healthy relationships between people establish the basis where true economic development can happen. In a grassroots, values-based leadership program called Community Builders, wealth is created. Residents better understand and build their communities and local economies by knowing their assets, needs, and intentionally create wealth and jobs.

Here’s why wealth creation matters:

· the “walls” come down between communities and animosities disappear. This allows new ideas to flow.

· new, much-needed income from business-to-business opportunities appears.

· youth are integrated into community leadership positions, encouraging involvement and commitment to the community.

· while agriculture is, and will remain an important part of the rural economy, it need no longer hold life and death power over a community's economy.

· pro-active, positive attitudes improve quality of life in communities.

· change happens everywhere. Managing change is key to successful transition and growth.

· new ways of looking at development better supports and nurtures economic, entrepreneurship, employment, and social development at local and regional levels.

· collaboration between communities creates a peer support network and friendship links across a region, promoting an “it’s good for all of us” mentality to achieve common economic goals.

· economic success in rural communities is tied directly to investment in rural leadership.

Here's how it works.

Community Builders is a terrific, interactive, fun, unique, action-learning process focused within a geographic region between or within communities, businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals. It's designed to promote unity when people become more aware of each other, entertainment, opportunities, and area businesses. It works fabulously between towns in a county or between multiple counties.

It creates an environment where trusting relationships build, attitudes change, jobs and wealth are created, and entrepreneurial spirit flourishes!

The process is flexible and did you catch this is FUN?

Community Builders  begins with a kickoff session uniquely crafted from 28 years of experience with a core group of people interested in new ways to develop their towns in a region. The presentation explains the background, what to expect, the importance of Community Builders, and what it can do for an area. At the end of the presentation, those communities who want to participate select a date for their town’s tour. Participants usually include six to 10 communities with people from each community as committed representatives for the length of the process.

Now creativity begins - there are no rules for what happens next!

At least monthly - depending on how many participate - representatives from each town visit the town hosting that month’s tour. Much like a tour you'd share with someone who wants to move to your town, guests learn about businesses, their product/s, employee base, sales area, and any other information the business wants to share. Schools, tourist stops, historical landmarks - anything special to that community - are included. The final stop for the evening includes a meal and program pertinent to the community's needs. The tours continue through the summer until all the towns have been visited.

A key focus of Community Builders is to foster collaboration and connections between communities. A regular discussion theme relates to ways of strengthening these bonds, thus ensuring 'win-win' for all communities.

What is learned through Community Builders  is that even the tiniest towns have exceptional treasures! Lifelong residents discover numerous companies with international scope, and more “Main Street” and home-based businesses than you thought you had! Notably, your residents will be filled with pride and amazed at the great town they call home!

When residents speak highly of their hometown and area - these days globally - you are utilizing the very best and least expensive economic development tool: word of mouth!

The process is simple. 1) Engage every member of your community, 2) connect with towns around you, and 3) you will create wealth!

It takes a village to engage a workforce!