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What I am doing now

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I'm living in West Fargo, ND with my wife and 2 sons. My daughter is living in Colorado. I'm in my 13th year as a web technology specialist at North Dakota State University (NDSU). I'm also leading the Military Families Learning Network's Network Literacy team. I recently completed my Master's degree in Extension Education at NDSU. My thesis research is on the correlation between participation in programs aimed at women in agriculture (educational programs, leadership programs, conferences, etc.) and individual resilience (here's a preview of my Master's thesis).

Recently I worked with Karisha Devlin and Jessica Groskopf, who lead women in agriculture networks in Missouri and Nebraska respectively, to develop the Building Resilience Together guides. The guides, which draw heavily on the Working Out Loud guides created by John Stepper (more below), provide guidance for learning circles intended to build the resilience of women in agriculture. Although they are aimed at women in ag, I think they would work for anyone interested in working with a small circle of people to become more resilient.

My friend and collaborator Jessica Beckendorf and I continue to work together. We are currently working on integrating the professional assets of a network's members into a social network analysis. We have also launched a new podcast, "Practicing Connection in a Complex World", for the Military Families Learning Network. You can learn more about and subscribe to the podcast on the "Practicing Connection in a Complex World" webpage.

I have put my Working Differently in Extension podcast on hiatus for more than a year now, but there are 104 episodes of the podcast still available on SoundCloud. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

I mentioned John Stepper above. John's work continues to be an important touchstone in my work on facilitating a network mindset and exploring community and resilience. The work of Harold Jarche, Adrienne Maree Brown, Curtis Ogden, Michael Ungar, and many others is so critical to my work and my life. Thanks for the inspiration!

Updated November, 2020.