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18 more Extension professionals join the Impact Collaborative as Innovation Facilitators

For Immediate Release March 18, 2019 Contact: Aaron Weibe, aaronweibe@eXtension.org Atlanta, GA. 18 Cooperative Extension professionals representing 14 institutions attended eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training in Atlanta, GA in March 2019. They completed initial learning and application of the Impact Collaborative methodology. Their skills help them lead innovation skill-building experiences at state or institutional events […]

2018 Impact Collaborative Summit PitchFest Results

The eXtension Foundation’s Impact Collaborative Summit, held October 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana, united design thinkers from the Cooperative Extension System and partners from organizations confronting the most pressing challenges of our time to shape positive futures for communities.  Three days of co-creating, hands-on learning, and collaborative conversations sparked innovation and creative implementation planning in over 30 […]

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 5

Optimizing for Health: Linking Land Grant Knowledge Assets in Support of Healthy People, Food Systems and Communities. When a living system is suffering from ill health, the remedy is found by connecting with more of itself. – Francisco Varela Village rice fields, Shirakawa-go, Gifu-ken Japan (photo by Joel Abroad, https://www.flickr.com/photos/40295335@N00/4888037629/). The scene above is an example […]

Building Evaluation Capacity Through Data Jams, Part 3: Readying Extension for the Systematic Analysis of Large Qualitative Datasets

In this third blog post on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Data Jam Initiative, I will focus on four institutional outcomes of this Evaluation Capacity Building Framework. INSTITUTIONAL OUTCOME 1: Continuous use of Institutionally Collected Data The Data Jam Initiative provides colleagues with the tools, skills, support and community they need to engage in the analysis of large, […]

Building Evaluation Capacity Through Data Jams, Part 1: A Response to the Data Challenge

Collecting large amounts of textual data is easier than ever – but analyzing those growing amounts of data remains a challenge. The University of Wisconsin – Extension responds to this challenge with the “Data Jam Initiative”, an Evaluation Capacity Building model that focuses on the collaborative, making-centered use of Qualitative Data Analysis Software.  In this first of three blog posts […]

i-Three Issue Corps – Pollinator Spaces Project Expands

I am excited to say that in 2016 the Pollinator Spaces Project registered over 60 new gardens in 20 Georgia counties.  As other gardeners have heard about the project we have been asked to continue the project into 2017.   We are happy to do so! The Georgia Pollinator Census After working with this initiative […]

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 1

Part 1: Knowledge through Conversation It’s always a pleasure reconnecting with and learning from colleagues at eXtension conferences. Last March’s in San Antonio was no different, which included convivial meals along the River Walk and several stimulating workshops. One workshop led by my Network Literacy CoP cohorts included this video by UMN Extension program leader Nate Meyer. In it he encourages […]

New Fellowship Opportunity Supporting Extension’s Participation and Impact in the “Network Revolution”

The vision I have for the Web is about anything being potentially connected with anything…that provides us with new freedom…unfettered by the hierarchical classification systems into which we’ve bound ourselves…. bringing the workings of society closer to the workings of our minds. Tim Berners-Lee, in Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of […]