Before our year gets too busy, it's a great time to think about how we want to make a positive difference in 2018. Here are five thought starters.
#1 Changing the narrative on 'small'
While some 'experts' try and tell us that density of population is required to succeed, there is growing evidence that quality not quantity is the real measure. With plenty of case studies to support this theory, let's start by changing the narrative for small business and communities.
What are shrink smart communities?
Are rural people more entrepreneurial?
#2 The future is already here!
We can't afford to be complacent in a fast changing world. There are so many opportunities but are we recognising them and taking advantage of them?
The 4 kinds of leaders who create the future
How future proof is your business and community?
#3 Equipping young people for a changing world
Learning essential skills and changing the conversation from job seeking to job creation is essential for our young people to succeed.
How education should build the future
Why are so many college graduates unemployed?
#4 Preparing rural towns for opportunity and growth
As our cities get more expensive and crowded there are many opportunities for rural and regional growth but how do you manage it?
Are you ready for a rural and regional influx?
Preparing for rural community growth
#5 Change doesn't happen overnight
Last year I was privileged to assist with a research project on the collective impact of grants distributed by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) over a sixteen year period. Measuring outcomes over the long rather than short term is so much more meaningful and something that we should all be building into the programs and projects we contribute to. The following story is a case in point.
What a great outcome that tourism has been significantly boosted over the past four years in Cohuna. It is far from coincidence that Operation Next Gen was launched four years ago and great recognition of the local community that, with strong support from the Gannawarra Shire, took control of its own destiny and created the #GetYourBacksideCreekside campaign. WIN TV story via Facebook
I'm looking forward to collaborating with you in 2018 to see how we can create positive change for your rural community.