I recently made the statement that Extension is Broken. While many of my colleagues in the Cooperative Extension System applauded me for exclaiming, "the emperor has no clothes!" I can't just leave it alone. What good is it to say something is broken if we don't share ideas and take action to fix it?
I believe ideas are nearly worthless without implementation. Derek Sivers taught me this.
Instead of writing one really long blog post about all the ideas I have that could improve Cooperative Extension, I thought it would be better to break it up into a series of posts, each with three ideas we can start taking action on right away.
Last week I was in Pittsburgh at Galaxy IV - a national conference for all the industry professionals in the Cooperative Extension System. It was me (a disruptive millennial) and all my (baby boomer) colleagues who have been in their jobs longer than I have been alive. Needless to say, I don't exactly 'fit in.' I get the feeling I make some of them very nervous and they often ask me, "Why are you even in Extension?"
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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