During the month of November, South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service is one of four conveners partnering with the Bush Foundation to gather and listen to the voices of approximately 4,000 people across South Dakota. Local citizens are being invited to participate in 40 community conversations about the future of their communities and state. These Prospects & Possibilities meetings are aimed at gaining an understanding of the biggest concerns or problems people identify across South Dakota and soliciting their ideas for how to create needed change.
How Can You be Involved?
The Vermillion session will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Muenster University Center. If you did not receive an invitation, you MUST register by Nov. 18 in order to attend by calling Karla Trautman at 605-688-4790, or emailing her at email@example.com
In the meetings, attendees will review data about what's coming in their state's future, connect with others through conversations, and hear people talk about the future. The groups will generate ideas together about how to address tough problems.
At the conclusion of each meeting, a citizen recorder will upload the statistical and anecdotal data to www.citizing.org, where the public may comment on and respond to the same survey as the meeting participants.
In January 2011, the Foundation will release the findings from the Prospects & Possibilities conversations to the newly elected leadership of the states. The Foundation also expects that the findings will inform its future work in each state.
You can check out the results of meetings, take the same survey as meeting participants and give your input at www.citizing.org.