Register for the Virtual Journey! Don’t Delay!
Add these dates to your calendar and be prepared to be inspired! 

Anytime Throughout the Journey

Watch the Montana edition of the US Prosperity Index webinar which provides an excellent overview of social and economic trends in the US and Montana. Keynote and local Big Sky guest speakers provide a look at county level Montana data. 

Virtual Journey Webinars

July 16th

WEBINAR #1: Rewriting the Rural Narrative

Keynote: Benjamin Winchester, Research Fellow, Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota and full-time resident of small town, rural Minnesota

Local perspective: Judy LaPan, Retired Director, Richland County Health Department

It seems the rural story has already been told. Small towns keep getting smaller.  Churches, schools, clinics, businesses, and now post offices, have closed their doors as the lucky few migrate out to the big cities. This deficit framework dominates how we discuss and envision our rural communities. However, the story of rural America since 1970 is rich and diverse, with positive trends occurring under the radar. Learn how positive changes around migration, community involvement, economic development, and regional living have been occurring across the rural landscape that require us to rewrite the narrative of rural community change.

Judy LaPan, Retired Director, Richland County Health Department will provide her insight from observing and guiding a rural community thorough times of tremendous change and upheaval all while setting the stage for meaningful cross-sector collaboration to improve health across the county.

This session will include presentation and ample Q&A.

July 23rd

WEBINAR #2: Trials, Hope and Opportunity: Learning to use Design Thinking for Building Healthy Communities

  • Kristin Juliar, Director, Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center
  • Frankie Schiller, Business Designer & Head of High Impact Events, Do Tank
  • Kayla Sanders, Full-time rancher and Network Director of Healthy Granite County Network 

This webinar is an introduction to the concept of Design Thinking as a tool for creating community based approaches to building and strengthening healthy communities.  It will include small group breakout sessions that will jump start your thinking about your healthy communities journey. This webinar will also review key factors to designing virtual ground rules for seamless and productive work in a virtual setting including meeting facilitation.

August 13th 

WEBINAR #3: Resident Recruitment in a New Rural America

Keynote: Benjamin Winchester, Research Fellow, Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota and full-time resident of small town, rural Minnesota

Local perspective: Sarah Calhoun, Founding Owner of Red Ants Pants, Executive Director of Red Ants Pants Foundation and Producer of Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Welcoming in new residents is vital to the future of our rural communities. A documented “brain gain”, where people are moving to small towns and rural places since the 1970s, is providing a re-invigoration of social and economic assets.. We expect this trend to continue in high force following the pandemic of 2020 as some key trends have risen, especially the desire for remote living. This way of working in your community incorporates research in community development, economic development, and tourism.

Sarah Calhoun, Founding Owner of Red Ants Pants, Executive Director of Red Ants Pants Foundation and Producer of Red Ants Pants Music Festival will provide a local Montana perspective about starting a business in a rural town, as well as the current need for resiliency and creativity during challenging times.

This session will include presentation and ample Q&A.

August 20th

WEBINAR #4: Do Tank #1 Community Context Assessment

During this first activity, we will explore your community’s needs within its geographic context. This assessment will underpin the 3-month strategic plan you develop in the final activity.

  • Frankie Schiller, Business Designer & Head of High Impact Events, Do Tank
  • Jarrod Lowery, Business Designer, Do Tank 

This is the first activity in a series of four that will guide you through developing your community’s strategic plan. During this first activity, we will introduce you to a tool that will help you assess your community’s needs and external context. This assessment will underpin the strategic plan you develop in the final activity. Individually or in a working group, you will learn how to engage in design thinking to strengthen your cross-sector efforts.

Do Tank’s sessions are progressive, where they build upon each other. Mark your calendars to attend every session in the Virtual Journey, and invite your team members and community stakeholders to join.

 

September 10th

WEBINAR #5: Healthy Design for the Triple Bottom Line: How pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly infrastructure improves land value, enhances the environment, stimulates economic vitality and promotes health in your community. 

  • Dan Burden, Director of Inspiration and Innovation - Blue Zones
  • Mark Fenton, Self-employed Consultant, Author, Activist and Designer for active communities

Mark Fenton and Dan Burden are leading national experts on the built environment, innovation, active communities and transportation. Burden has been recognized by TIME, the White House and others, and Fenton is an active transportation subject matter expert for the CDC. They will lead a powerhouse presentation that will transform how you think about where you live. You will never see sidewalks, medians, trees, zoning or growth policies the same and you'll be inspired to incorporate these cost-efficient, economically energizing changes in your own town.

Plus you will see great examples from a wide variety of Rocky Mountain small to medium size towns and cities and and be given access to useful resources. Do not miss this inspiring session if you are involved or interested in making Montana and your home town accessible, livable and safer for all.

September 17th 

WEBINAR #6: How to Plan for the Future When Everything’s Up in the Air

  • Rebecca Ryan, Founder - NEXT Generation Consulting

When you have no idea what your future will be, how can you plan? Futurist Rebecca Ryan will lead you through a 6-step process to get clear and get ready by using tried-and-true techniques that the US Military, NATO, Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, and others use to navigate disruption. Bring your team, or come on your own. A step by step PDF will be provided.

October 1st 

Do Tank #2 Vision for the Future

Do Tank will continue to work with participants in using design thinking to develop a strategic vision for local community healthy communities plans.

We will create a compelling future state that is inspiring and that resonates with the needs of the people that you serve. When imagining your vision for the future, you will consider specific metrics and measurable outcomes you want to achieve.

October 8th

2020 Bike Walk Montana Summit – Connected Communities

9:30 – 10:30 am KEYNOTE

Dan Burden, Director of Inspiration and Innovation, Blue Zones.

  • 10:30 – 11 am Q&A with Mark Fenton and Dan Burden.
  • 11:00 – 11:30 am BREAK

 

11:30 – 12:00 pm FOCUS SESSION

Being an Effective Change Agent – intended for citizens –  Bicyclists, walkers, trail users, parents, advocates, non-profits, NGO’s. etc.

  • 12:00-12:30 pm Lightening round of local speakers
  • 12:30 – 1 pm Q&A with Mark Fenton and Dan Burden.
  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm BREAK

 

1:30 – 2:00 pm FOCUS SESSION

Leading for Change – intended for elected and appointed officials and boards, mayors, clerks, Chambers, etc.

  • 2:00-2:30 pm Lightening round of local speakers
  • 2:30 – 3 pm Q&A with Mark Fenton and Dan Burden.
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm BREAK

 

3:30 – 4:00 pm FOCUS SESSION

Best Practices in Cost Efficient Design and Implementation – intended for engineers, planners, developers, public works, realtors, etc.

  • 4:00-4:30 pm Lightening round of local speakers
  • 4:30 – 5 pm Q&A with Mark Fenton and Dan Burden.
  • 5:00 pm END

 

CALL FOR YOUR FEEDBACK

Consider sharing a success, challenge, idea, or inspirational message. We will allow 4 slides or 1 video, limited to a total of two minutes. If you are interested, please email Doug with: (1) a short description, (2) which focus session you prefer to be a part of, and (3) whether you will have any slides or a video. We will limit the lightning rounds to 10 entries. We would like a wide variety of ideas within the general focus topic and we’d like to fill these up soon! If you know anyone that might want to participate, please email doug@bikewalkmontana.org

October 15th

Montana Resources and Success Stories

Local Montana speakers discuss how cross-sector collaboration allowed them to identify a community issue, strategically address the it and what success looked like. Other experts will share relevant resources that you can use in your own town. 

October 22nd 

Do Tank Canvas #3 Resource Mapping

During this session, you will build on the context you analyzed earlier and choose which community need(s) you want to improve. Then you will consider what resources are available to you and the resources that don’t exist that need to be created. After the activity, you will network with other attendees to determine whether there are any resources that you did not know existed.

November 5th

Do Tank Canvas #4 Strategic Planning

We will build a plan for HOW we hope to achieve the vision that we have designed. We want to clearly articulate the critical next steps that will drive this work to action so you know exactly what needs to get done when you return to your community.

November 19th 

Finale with Local Montana Success Stories

Hear from a variety of Montana speakers as they discuss how cross-sector collaboration allowed them to identify a community issue, strategically address the issue and their success. They will also share relevant resources that you can use in your own town.