What do you think the region needs at this critical moment?

To add information click edit at the top & click save changes at the bottom to record your thoughts. 

 

Please organize your input within the following categories. 

 

Key actors to engage in this conversation (name, organization, contact info)

  • Brushy Fork Institute / Berea College: Contact Rodney Wolfenbarger at 859-985-3859
  • Kate Fowler and Ada Smith at Appalshop (606) 633-0108
  •  
  •  
  •  

What is most valuable or needed at this moment? (e.g. time to process, face-to-face gatherings, strategy/plan-sharing)

  •  That we stay the course - we are doing some phenomenal work in meaningful ways.  That doesn't mean we can't work harder, simply that we can't give up.  Or even hiccup.
  • Attention to who's who in the new administration, mapping our network of "folks", potential allies and friends, so we can be strategic about how we approach new relationships.
  • Determine who can act as "missionaries" within the new administration.  Who are our ambassadors?  How do we engage?
  • Pay attention to the details - figure out how we are going to stay informed and who we (those of us out in the field and on the ground) can trust to give us good information to work with.
  • Recognition that this is a teachable moment to educate about the importance of civic responsibility and engagement and to discuss leadership ethics.
  • A formal alliance of organizations serving Appalachia that are committed to the public good. This alliance would articulate and adopt a set of common core values, the character of which should not be compromised in response to shifts in political power.
  •  

 

What other plans, next steps, or offerings do you want to share?

  • I would welcome a F2F meeting, but would like to think about timing - right now it feels like we are speculating (albeit based on what we witnessed over the past year).
  •  
  •  
  •  

Other

  • Thanks for taking some initiative!
  •  
  •  
  •