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Putting a new focus on community efforts

In July, Ford Institute Director Roque Barros and Associate Director Max Gimbel met with a community action team in Ontario. The group had identified 10 priorities after a Ford Institute partner-led Alumni Celebration. After deliberation, the group decided to move ahead with a family recreation center. They had already drafted a 90-day work plan, which included a pledge to listen to 1,000 community residents. 

they were listening, engaging, and making a plan

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Weed fire: Recovery begins after a disaster

On the morning of Sept. 15, 2014, people in the northern California community of Weed were enjoying a sunny fall day. Children were settling into their week at school. The Weed Community Center’s gym was echoing with the sound of teen-agers attending a countywide Athlete Committed event.

And then everything changed. 

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Creating Innovators

This book offers a strong argument for developing an innovation-driven economy. Wagner looks in depth at what we all — parents, employers, teachers — must do to encourage our youngest citizens to be creative, a necessity for the growth of innovation. A review of the book is available.

Toward One Oregon

The evolution of Oregon’s economy has followed two distinct tracks—the rural path and the urban one. A series of essays examines this history from varying viewpoints.

The Town That Food Saved

For a group of young agri-businessmen in a small Vermont town, buying local could be a ticket to economic stability. The book describes their efforts to nurture a healthy local food system, which has drawn national attention.

You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader

Sanborn has gathered simple secrets to becoming a great leader and packaged them in a highly readable handbook. Along the way, you’ll become acquainted with some ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.

Made to Stick

Effective leaders need to be effective communicators. This book examines the principles of “sticky” (the art of making ideas memorable). It’s an easy read packed with examples—both successes and failures from serious to funny).

Dealing with People You Can’t Stand

 Whether you’re dealing with a coworker trying to take credit for your work or a family member who knows no personal bounds, this book gives you the tools to bring out the best in people at their worst.