A couple of weeks ago at the Bush Fellows leadership retreat, one of my colleagues said that every time they hear the story of my fellowship work, they are inspired and think that I should go everywhere and tell this story. So I thought I should just do that right here. ... more
As part of orientation in my first 90 days on the job, I recently made trips to Bismarck, North Dakota, and Pierre, South Dakota, for Foundation-sponsored gatherings and meetings with community leaders. This was my first visit to deepen my understanding of North Dakota and South Dakota and to begin building relationships with the people of those two states and the 12 Native nations that share the same geography. ... more
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a Redesigning MN community conversation in Brainerd sponsored and hosted by the Initiative Foundation and InCommons—an initiative of the Bush Foundation aimed at supporting and facilitating people-powered problem-solving. ... more
The vision of my fellowship includes as its primary goal: To provide the full spectrum of eldercare for the community of Fertile, MN. Fertile has a good nursing home and fairly good independent senior housing, but it is missing the assisted living piece of the puzzle. Over the course of my fellowship, I’ve learned three lessons:
1. Nothing is more important in attaining a community goal than developing good allies.... more
The Bush Foundation is excited to introduce a new blog series that follows the 2011 Bush Fellows and the journey they've taken during the first year of their fellowships. Over the next several months, Fellows will share what they have learned through successes and failures to advance positive and lasting change in their communities and increase their effectiveness. We look forward to being inspired by them and hope you will join us in celebrating their hard work.
About theBushFoundationOur mission is to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.