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 

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM                                                                                                   

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

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Details Coming Soon

 

October TBD

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.