Growing Through Facilitation

EmpathyI was very new to the library when I attended the Omaha Public Library’s Staff Day where Sam McBane Mulford and Cheryl Gould introduced facilitation by having volunteers guide a conversation at each table.  For some reason I thought, “I can do this”.  Public speaking is not something I was comfortable with.  Although I came from a previous office where you didn’t express your thoughts or ideas even when asked, I kept thinking that this is something I could do.  I felt good about this small table facilitation. More

Talent Drain (Outmigration of Young Professionals in Omaha)

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Omaha is facing a loss of talented employees and a mis-match of education versus job needs that is affecting our employment market.   Omaha is not attracting or retaining employees for a variety of reasons.  This issue is causing both short and long-term concerns from key organizations such as the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Heartland 2050 project, and the Greater Omaha Young Professionals.  Local organizations recognize that a meeting needs to be dedicated to this topic, key players identified, and action items designated. More

It’s About Adaptability

Facilitation SkillsI was excited to be part of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Heartland 2050 forum on June 11th.  I was invited to facilitate a conversation that hoped to move Omaha toward a vision of its future.  This invitation was a privilege and honor.  I thought we would work in pairs with all supplies provided.  We would meet one hour prior to the start time for training on the information they were hoping to elicit from the forum. More

Improving Online Access

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Important government, business, and community services are increasingly available exclusively or, most conveniently, online.  These services are easy to access for people who possess the necessary equipment and technology skills.  However, the people who need these services the most are often the ones least equipped to access them.  By creating conditions that make it easier for people to access online services we can ensure that people will be able to access the services they need. More

English as Second Language (ESL) Providers, Part 3

ESL Providers 1Several unexpected connections occurred from our ESL provider gathering.  After the meeting, our information was forwarded to several other organizations that wanted to be included in the ESL resource we were putting together.  These were three contacts that were unable to attend the meeting.  However, they were eager to be included in the provider resource guide.

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English as Second Language (ESL) Providers

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Project Purpose and Statement Goal

English Language Learners (ELL) are offered free classes by a number of Omaha organizations that may not be collaborating with each other.   The need for these services is greater than what is currently provided.  By bringing these organizations together, relationships may be formed, overlaps or gaps in services will be discovered, and resources among organizations may be used more efficiently. More