This week I attended a meeting with my fellow Extension professionals in Utah. We talked in-depth about change in the design of our program delivery and what we need to do to "stay relevant." None of my colleagues read my blog (or even know I have one since it's exclusively on the Internet) so I had the chance to share some of my ideas that could fix the "Extension is Broken," problem. My presentation was met with a full room of blank stares. I'm starting to realize I must speak another language. On a positive note I'm just glad we're having the discussion about change and the relevancy of the Cooperative Extension system.
Here are three more ideas in this series about How to Fix Extension:
Earlier this week Paul McKenzie, an Agriculture Extension Agent in Vance & Warren Counties in North Carolina posted a rebuttal to my controversial blog post entitled, Extension is Broken. He provides critical insight into why Extension professionals need to adapt in using new technologies or risk becoming less relevant. Read Paul's post here.
Here's the comment I wrote in reply to Paul's blog post:
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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