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It's not easy to serve as an official or on a board.


Elected or appointed, you end up saying "no" a lot.

The divide between officials and communities

Once you take on an official role, you are separated from your community. You can't say yes to everything people want.

Your hands are tied - you have to say no to almost everything. There's only so much you can do with limited time and money.

Promising ideas get watered down as you try to make them acceptable to a majority,

And a certain few of your fellow officials seem to be dedicated to ruining every great idea.  

You're doing the best you can within limits, but public comment sessions quickly turn to griping and complaining.

It's frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. 

The new way for officials

There is a new Idea Friendly way for officials and board members.

You can tap the community. You don't have to do it all alone.

Officials and board members all over are putting Idea Friendly principles into action. You're going to learn from real-world examples and what the underlying principles are even when the officials involved didn't realize why what they were doing was Idea Friendly.   

How the City of Alva, Oklahoma, cooperated with a group of motivated moms to upgrade playground equipment in the parks

How the City of Pullman, Washington, built on the enthusiasm of local merchants to crowdsource cleaner streets and sidewalks without extra work for the city

How the City of Akron, Iowa, put on a public ideas session that didn't descend into gripes and complaints and how it lead to real action by citizens

How the City of Bolivar, Missouri, stumbled over the one idea out of 10 that sparked the community and took off, run entirely by volunteers

You're going to learn practical steps you can put into action right away to change the way you approach your role as an official.

  • Look at a new way to see your role as an official, one that puts you in the center of the network

  • Discover your superpower as an official and put your connections to work for you

  • Turn public gripe sessions into crowdsourcing events that mobilize people into action

  • Learn the one question that turns even bad ideas into something positive

If you're tired of saying no to too many good ideas, you're going to want to join us for this video. 

Who is this video for? 

People who serve as elected or appointed officials for a town, city, county, tribe or any other government

People who serve on boards, committees or other formal organization leadership roles, whether public or nonprofit

Officials and leaders who are pretty open to new ideas, but need to know how to make that work in their formal roles

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1. Idea Friendly Officials and Boards
2. IFOurTown: The Idea Friendly Method
3. Big Ideas? Small Steps!

Once you start thinking in the Idea Friendly way, you'll want to learn more about the Idea Friendly Method. You'll get that in the IFOurTown video. While you're working on breaking your big ideas down into smaller steps, and there's a video to help with that, too.

If you'd like to watch these SaveYour.Town videos as well, you can get all 3 as a special bundle. Since you'll get more videos, you'll need more time, so you also get 30 days to watch them instead of 15 days. You get both extra videos for just $5 more than this one video alone. Plus you get extra time--a full 30 days from the day you buy--to watch and share them. 

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What would you have done differently?

How a city could have turned around a public investment disaster

Everyone in town is still talking about that electric car company that took money then went bankrupt. How could council members have used Idea Friendly principles and kept "electric car company" from being the local synonym for bad decisions?

How could a city have made a better streetscape decision by acting faster? 

Facing a decision that would shape the downtown for decades, the city council spent years debating and delaying their choices. What one Idea Friendly action could have accelerated the complex process and brought the whole community together? 

What about hard public infrastructure projects like landfills and bridge plans? 

How could you turn your hardest questions into energizing cooperative activities? How do you make an Idea Friendly bridge plan? Or an Idea Friendly landfill expansion? Or an Idea Friendly pool project? We're going to tell you exactly how to do it in practical steps. 

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About this video

You'll get a video that lasts about 30 minutes to watch anytime while it's available. That way you have time to watch, think of questions, and share with others in your town. You can send your questions to us by email, and we'll answer you personally.

Why not have a watch party? Invite a few friends to view the video, and learn some small steps you can use right away. 

What are your videos like? Will there be slides?   

You get a video you can watch anytime on demand for two full weeks from the day you buy it. You see our faces, and we connect with you personally. There are no boring slides, and we focus on real-world examples, not statistics. Plus you can ask your questions and get a personal answer from us via email. 

Will it be recorded so I can watch later? 

Yes, the video is recorded. You are welcome to watch the video more than once, start and stop, or go back and watch again. You're not limited to watching from a single computer or with just one group. 

The recording will be available to buy from the 1st through the 15th of the month. You get two weeks to watch from the day you purchase it. After that, the recording goes away, so be sure to schedule a specific time to watch! 

Members always have access to this recording and all SaveYour.Town videos anytime on demand as long as they remain members. 

Will it work with my system? 

If you can watch a YouTube video, you can view this video. That means you can use any device, any screen that can load a web page for you to login. Any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, smart TV or TV with a streaming box or stick should work. You can test your setup by logging in here and playing the video on this page. If that works, you should be good to go. 

How long is the video? How long do I need to schedule for a watch party?

The video runs around 30 minutes. For a group watch party, schedule 45-60 minutes. You'll want that extra time to discuss what you watched and to network and talk with each other. 

You can bring friends:

Once you’re registered, you can schedule more than one viewing during your two week window so you reach as many people as possible. Read our tips for fun Watch Parties

We allow you to watch alone, invite friends and hold multiple replays anywhere in your town, as long as you’re personally present each time. If others want to watch without you, we ask that they also register. 

Who should you invite?

  • Your friends who love to do things with you
  • Visionaries like yourself
  • Positive thinkers and doers
  • Leaders and officials
  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, chambers
  • Economic development folks
  • Elected officials from municipalities, counties, tribes
  • People who care about your town
  • I so enjoy your emails, videos, and glad to be new members of SaveYour.Town. We have found great value in this and chose to invest in being a member. We were members of another downtown organization but after many years found no value in it for our small town. But you all Rock!!!
    Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Kenton, Ohio
  • There are always great take-aways from the videos that can be put into place immediately. One of my favorites is changing your store's evening vibe (different music, lighting, etc.) because evening shoppers are not the same as day time shoppers.
    Diane Moore, Wheaton, Illinois
  • I have so many ideas, but didn't really have the motivating vehicle to get the stakeholders together to present them. Your video is the perfect vehicle to generate the enthusiasm and wherewithal to needed to start the ball rolling. While viewing the video, my enthusiasm to see things happen in Cleveland was regenerated, and it hasn't waned. I can't wait to start that journey. Keeping in mind, there are so many areas to address, I joined and am now a member of the Insiders so I can view all of the videos.
    Mary Johnson, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce
  • I ran the "Top Ten Trends for Small Towns" video from my Megaphone subscription about three months ago. Two ladies who were there jumped on the Painted Rocks idea and set up a FB page for our town of 900. They invited everyone to target "What Canada Means to You" images to start the ball rolling and aimed for everyone to hide their rocks a day or two before Canada Day, July 1st. It went over great. Today 337 members and going strong. Now moving on with more videos. Great reception for "Gather Your Crowd," with more ideas bubbling up.
    Paul Douglas Stevens, Ontario
  • What a TERRIFIC marketing Video. I had 20 businesses show up to watch and they all left with new ideas and an excitement to get back and start implementing! I’ve already had 5 businesses reach out in less than 2 hours after it ended, that are already putting your ideas into action.
    Mandy Walsh, City of Lampasas, Texas
  • Your videos are just so precious. I wish I could fill an auditorium with our local chamber of commerce leaders and boards to hear you both.
    Jim Blankenship, Tennessee
  • This video stimulated lots of note-taking and conversation between the business owners gathered at my house. Deb and Becky gave us some new ideas and several excellent examples of known models. I think some of us are thinking of pivoting our summer’s plans after participating in Wednesday’s event. Thanks for a well-thought out presentation!
    Jonya, Oronoco, Minnesota,
  • We had a fabulous inaugural “EDC after hours” on Wednesday night this week! We did the replay of the Bringing Big Ideas to Life – it was a perfect launching point for discussion! We had 25 of our members in attendance, and secured three new members as a result!
    Julie Barr, Schoolcraft County, U.P., Michigan
  • I appreciated the very relaxed feel to the video. No monotone drone that gets tuned out off and on throughout a session... I watched it twice as matter of fact.
    James Leonard, Town of Buffalo, Oklahoma
  • The great thing is that the principles you discuss are as applicable here in rural Australia as they are in the USA!
    David Scott, Destination Dorrigo, Australia


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