Public Meeting & Workshop
December 7, 2017 – Siuslaw Public Library
Vision Keepers Public Meeting
The meeting began at 8:15 a.m. with a short cooking demonstration, healthy morning snacks, and an update from the Local Foods initiative. Next, the Vision Keepers provided a short history of the Siuslaw Vision and its progress to date. Then initiative updates were provided by local community groups:
- Fiber Optics, Siuslaw Broadband’s fiber pilot project, Hyak;
- ReVision Florence, streetscape project on Highways 101 & 126;
- Career Technical Education Collaborations with Lane Community College Florence Center;
- First Step, Tiny Homes & housing options for the unhoused;
- Siuslaw Youth Soccer Association, celebrating a third successful season;
- Public Art Committee- Experience Florence, Where Every Day is a Celebration of the Arts ;
- Mapleton Preschool Program, an exciting new service is coming for the region;
- RiverCal.org, Community Calendar and Website.
90-Day Action Plan Workshop with the Ford Institute for Community Building
Achieving a vision, 90 days at a time: Long-term plans can be overwhelming and often move very slowly. Daily to-do lists, without long-term vision, are short-sighted. Ninety day planning is a simple but powerful approach to moving a group towards a vision by defining accomplishments or benchmarks that can be achieved within 90 day increments. Groups celebrate the progress at the end of the 90 days, then start again. A continuous sense of accomplishment is motivating to participants, and groups become committed to the long-term vision as they see they are making progress.
This 90 minute workshop provided an opportunity to experience 90 day action planning with direct application to participant’s work.
The workshop was presented by Max Gimbel, Associate Director of the Ford Institute for Community Building, a part of The Ford Family Foundation. Max joined the Foundation in May 2012, following five years as a facilitator and trainer for the Ford Institute Leadership Program. Max is responsible for helping rural residents lead in building their community’s future by nurturing relationships, creating connections, building capacity and striving to model a community-building culture. He has a passion for inclusive, engaging and productive group processes, and aligning values with actions.