Author: Deb Brown

outside meeting

What if you held your meetings outside?

You’ve sat through plenty of board meetings and a few city council meetings. They are held in the ‘official’ locations, with assigned seating (real or imagined) and there’s…

Kill the Committees

Committees are just a group of people who want to do things. The problem is forming committees is the old way of doing things. Volunteers are harder to find…

Use Art to Build Community

I sit on a volunteer board for Legacy Learning Boone River Valley in Webster City, Iowa. I was surprised at the number of local instructors in my community…

Exhibition of War in Ukraine

We gave up planning the old way

My small town hosted an international photojournalist, Brendan Hoffman, in residency at the local paper. A town of 8,000 people managed to take a 6 week free class…

Shop Indie Local

WHAT IS THIS SHOP INDIE ALL ABOUT?   It’s called the Shop Indie Local campaign and it encourages you to take a step toward strengthening your own local economy.…