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Community Video Can Build Capacity in Extension

This article was written by Jennifer Cook, Digital Green fellow for eXtension Digital Green is a global non-profit development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. They partner with extension actors in developing countries to solve problems like market access, farmer […]

The Business of Farming

This article was written by Jennifer Cook, Digital Green Fellow for eXtension.  For the past nine months, I served as the Digital Green eXtension fellow, interviewing many small and beginning farmers, farm groups, and farm partners from across the US, to understand the challenges small farmers face. Representing Digital Green, a global non-profit development organization, […]

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 4

Andaman Islands coral reef. Photograph by Ritiks, distributed under CC BY-SA 3.0 license @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Coral_Reef_at_the_Andaman_Islands.jpg Emergent by Design: Solutions Creating More Solutions Over several previous posts1 I’ve written about why Cooperative Extension and the Land Grant system as a whole might (and in some cases already has begun to) embrace a more network-centric approach, enabling it […]

Community Issue Corps Call for Applications

eXtension is excited to announce the first Community Issue Corps opportunity specifically targeting Communities of Practice and Learning Networks. This Community Corps will identify and engage eXtension Communities in a Design Event supporting projects targeting local, area, state, or national audiences to make a visible and measurable impact at the local level. During the Design Event, […]

New Community Issue Corps is Forming

Thanks to the eXtension Communities who have already expressed interest in the first Issue Corps experience specifically for Communities of Practice and Learning Networks. Based on that response, the eXtension Foundation will launch a call for the 2016-17 Community Issue Corps in the coming days. Like the 2016 i-Three Issue Corps, the Community Issue Corps […]

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 […]

i-Three Issue Corps – Working Smarter With Concept Mapping

Being selected to be part of the i-Three Issues Corps brought some trepidation. How would we be innovative? How would our project show impact? Fortunately, thanks to the i-Three Corps leadership, we learned new tools and strategies to tackle the challenges we face as extensionists. One example that really moved our project team forward was […]

Wisconsin Extension Part of Innovative Public-Private Partnership

There are many examples of public-private partnerships involving Extension. After all, Extension’s mission is to impact peoples’ lives positively, both in personal and professional contexts. When you find an example where this partnership raises the bar for an emerging industry, it really makes a person take notice. Such is the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of […]

How does Ask an Expert Stack Up against Stack Exchange—A Crowdsourcing Approach to Answering Questions and Solving Problems

Recently, I’ve come across a website called Stack Exchange a number of times—whether in a Google search, or in conversation with colleagues who use it regularly. As I explored Stack Exchange I realized there is one thing Extension does more effectively and for free—that is answering people’s questions. What is Stack Exchange? Stack Exchange is […]