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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 10th 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. In January, I started a new journey as a graduate student in NDSU's Extension Education program (jump to my Learning Portfolio).

I continue to produce the Working Differently in Extension podcast. Future episodes will feature Jane Crayton, author of "The Event Horizon for the Horizon Report: Inclusivity in Extension Programs," and a series of interviews with the co-authors of the new book "We've Tried That Before: 500 Years of Extension Wisdom." I'm one of the co-authors of the book, and I'm super-excited to receive my copy.

I recently wrapped up the "Building Networks for Resilience" learning experience. My co-creator Jessica Beckendorf and I are working on transforming it into a self-paced experience. We are also working on creating space for the first "Building Networks for Resilience" participants to come together in a learning community. We are also planning on doing some additional work on how to build social networks that support your resilience.

John Stepper's "Working Out Loud" process is an important touchstone in my work on facilitating a network mindset. I've been working with colleagues to adapt John's work to different contexts, including the context of co-creation. I believe researchers and educators must begin co-creating with the people being impacted by the issues they are trying to address. I am working on ways to adapt the "Working Out Loud" process to help researchers, educators and public participants build the skills necessary for co-creation. This idea is also the focus of my scholarship.

Within Cooperative Extension, I've been working on building a culture of innovation. I'm working with Amelia Doll to facilitate an innovation experience with the NDSU Extension Innovation Team. We will be using the "Extensionized" version of Adobe Kickbox created by Paul Hill and Jamie Seger.

Updated April 24, 2018.