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College of Menominee Nation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative partner with eXtension through USDA-NIFA Cooperative Agreement

Aaron Weibe ·
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2018-2022 Strategic Plan recognizes its role in helping provide access to safe and nutritious food for limited income people, by supporting limited resource individuals and families in their efforts to escape food insecurity and hunger and improve their well-being. These objectives require partnerships between State, local agencies, Federal, and public and private entities to support best practices in implementing effective programs and ensuring...
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eXtension RFP for Climate/Extreme Weather Fellowship

Aaron Weibe ·
Cooperative Extension is positioned to be the leading national resource with the most experience with on-the-ground implementation of conservation-based programming. The eXtension Climate Coalition proposes creating a Fellowship effort as a short-term project dedicated to the compilation of program data across the Cooperative Extension System (CES). The fellow(s), which could be one or two, will identify programming that is currently being implemented that aligns with Project Drawdown, other...
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eXtension Social Café

Aaron Weibe ·
eXtension Social Café Every Thursday from March 26th - April 30th 1 PM - 2 PM ET Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals The eXtension Social Café will provide a weekly opportunity for informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work. Each Social Café will open with a 5-15 minute “tutorial” of a tool or feature on commonly used social platforms, or a brief showcase of a Cooperative Extension employee who...
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ICYMI: National Action Dialogue, Community Based Development in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age

Aaron Weibe ·
Yesterday, 300 Cooperative Extension professionals came together for a National Action Dialogue put together by the eXtension Foundation and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). The dialogue, facilitated by @Molly Immendorf , featured three panelists: @Chuck Hibberd , Dean & Director of Nebraska Extension @Paul Hill , Extension Associate Professor, County Director, Community Economic Development, Utah State University Doug Edlund, Assistant Director of Operations,...
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May 25th Deadline: Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest

Aaron Weibe ·
This is just a reminder that the deadline for the monthly Farm Journal Story Lead contest is coming up for the month of May on the 25th ! In case you missed the details about this contest, I've included them below. We look forward to your submissions! The eXtension Foundation, in partnership with Farm Journal, is pleased to bring this opportunity to Cooperative Extension. Each month, we will offer a story lead contest right here in Connect Extension in the new Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead...
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National Action Dialogue: Participant Leadership Needed

Aaron Weibe ·
eXtension has been mobilized to support Cooperative Extension System (CES) during this tough time of social distancing and in response we have started a webinar series to address working virtually and connecting with your audiences through digital technology. You will also find more information at virtual.extension.org and for eXtension members in the Connect Extension Group: Extension Response & Resources for Extension Professionals Working Online . WHAT NEXT? To take this all one step...
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NEW Monthly Story Lead Contest! Your Chance to Get Published in Farm Journal!

Aaron Weibe ·
The eXtension Foundation, in partnership with Farm Journal, is pleased to bring this opportunity to Cooperative Extension. Each month, we will offer a story lead contest right here in Connect Extension in the new Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators, will have the chance to work with Farm Journal to further develop their story and have it published in Farm Journal media. Submissions for the contest are simply...
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Welcome to Connect Extension & Getting Started

Aaron Weibe ·
Welcome to Connect Extension. This is the main page that is viewable by anyone. To create posts, add content, or access groups - you will need to register. If you want to post content for anyone to see, this is the place to do it. The calendar on this main page is the next generation of eXtension's "Learn" system. There are a number of options for posting - including blogs, calendar events, and more. If you want to get more specific and post to only a certain audience - try visiting the...
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eXtension Migrates Learn Platform to Connect Extension

Aaron Weibe ·
Over the past few years, the eXtension Foundation has been migrating its custom technology platforms to commercial tools. This has resulted in providing Cooperative Extension professionals with better technology solutions that are consistent with industry standards and provides greater flexibility, usability, and marketability. To date, the Articles publishing platform (articles.extension.org) and its companion content-authoring platform Create (create.extension.org) where former eXtension...
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Results from the May 2020 Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest

Aaron Weibe ·
Last month, the eXtension Foundation launched a monthly story lead contest in partnership with Farm Journal in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group here in Connect Extension. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators, have the chance to work with Farm Journal to further develop their story and have it published in Farm Journal media. The topic area for the May 2020 contest was about the important work Extension is doing to help farmers and rural...
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How To Adjust Your Notification Settings in Connect Extension

Aaron Weibe ·
I had a couple of people recently ask about adjusting their email notification preferences for Connect Extension, so I thought I'd share this with everyone! You have control over your own settings - how many or how few notifications you wish to receive. 1. On the navigation bar, hover over your name and choose Notifications from the drop-down menu. 2. You'll come to the Notification Settings screen, where you'll see three tabs: Settings, Follows, and Group Follows . On the Settings tab, you...
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National Extension Response Resources Site to Include Resources for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Aaron Weibe ·
eXtension has updated virtual.extension.org with a collection of resources related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is just the start, if you have other similar resources to share, we invite you to submit them to contact-us@extension.org . In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the eXtension Foundation launched virtual.extension.org to create a national resource site for Cooperative Extension professionals. The purpose of this site was and still is to help Extension professionals...
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ICYMI & What's Coming Up! - From "Me" to "We"

Karl Bradley ·
In this first of three sessions during From "Me" to "We" the focus was introspective as we looked at how our values help us with our daily decisions, guide our behaviors & inform our beliefs. Our core values are the platform for authentic leadership. They are the way we connect with ourselves & how others' begin to trust us. In case you couldn't join us, you can watch the "Values" video here . Here are some resources for continued action on your journey! KNOW YOURSELF Here's a FREE...
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From "Me" to "We" - TRUST

Karl Bradley ·
We sincerely hope you will join us on June 18 at 2PM Eastern for our session on "Trust". One of my favorite videos on this topic is from Colin Powell...here's a sneak peek before we're together again! “ The Essence of Leadership ” Invite others to our sessions here & please share your best resources, favorite articles, videos or books on these topics in the comments in these posts. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow! WHAT HAPPENED ALREADY? In our first of three sessions during From "Me"...
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Live Stream at 2 PM ET Today! Unpacking the Content Creation Process: How NPSEC Optimizes Existing Cooperative Extension Resources

Aaron Weibe ·
Open this post in Connect Extension to view the live stream! Launching a state-wide campaign can be daunting, but the content creation process doesn't have to be! In this webinar, Kara Maddox from the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) and Nathan Hermond from Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension describe how they transformed existing Pollinator Stewardship Resources into an engaging Pollinator Prep Guide. Designed to engage Millennials and their families...
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In Case You Missed It! - Unpacking the Content Creation Process Webinar

Kara Maddox ·
Yesterday afternoon Nathan Hermond with Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension and Kara Maddox with the National Pesticide Safety Education Center hosted a webinar on how we transformed existing Cooperative Extension content into an engaging Pollinator Prep Guide designed for Millennials and their families. Click here to watch the recording today! In the webinar, we spoke about the nifty poll featured offered by 99designs - as well as the ability to start a competition among...
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The Ins and Outs of the Learn Calendar on Connect Extension

Aaron Weibe ·
I’ve received a number of GREAT questions about the Learn calendar here on Connect Extension. What is it? Who can use it? What’s the value in using it? I thought it would also be helpful to explain some of the things that are happening on the backend that many might not be aware of - and how you, as Cooperative Extension professionals, can take advantage of that with ease! First - who can use it? Anybody in Cooperative Extension can use it. You do not need to be a member of the eXtension...
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How To Find the Recordings for Past Events & Search the Learn Calendar Archive

Aaron Weibe ·
Last week, I posted about the Ins & Outs of the Learn Calendar on Connect Extension, the different things that happen behind the scenes when you publish an event to it, and how eXtension helps to market those events for you. Another question I often receive is where can I access the recording of a recent event? The short answer : for eXtension-hosted events, we update the calendar items with the recordings. I typically remove the “Register Here” button and replace it with “Recording...
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Live Stream Today at 2 PM ET! Start Simple with MyPlate: Your “go to” nutrition resource!

Aaron Weibe ·
Recording Available Here Learn how Start Simple with MyPlate can help you reach consumers with nutrition information based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Learn about recent consumer insights. Discover easy to use resources to make your nutrition outreach easy.
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Market Research: The tool in your toolbelt you didn't know you had...or needed

Ashley Mueller ·
Join the Weather Ready Farms group on Connect Extension Here We often hear the term “needs assessment” in Extension work. It’s an important pillar in a strong Extension program. As Extension professionals, we need to know about learners’ needs that can be potentially filled by our work. It’s important we conduct needs assessments to identify the “difference, or gap, between what is and what should be – or what is reasonably possible,” (NDSU Extension, n.d.). Conducting needs assessments...
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May 2020 Story Lead Contest Winner Published in Farm Journal

Aaron Weibe ·
On a congratulatory note, the winning story lead from the May 2020 contest has now been published in Farm Journal. The winning story lead came from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was submitted by @Jeff Goodwin . From there, Farm Journal worked with the team at the University of Hawaii, including Dr. @Koon-Hui Wang , to produce the full story. The full story, Screenhouses Boost Marketable Yields for Farmers , is available here . In addition, Farm Journal featured this story on AgDay...
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ICYMI: Connect Extension Chat: Virtual Field Days

Rose Hayden-Smith ·
More than 50 Cooperative Extension professionals from across the nation gathered virtually to discuss Virtual Field Days. The chat contains a wealth of tips, links and lessons learned. Questions that were posed (and capably answered!) include: What are some ideas to move a Field Days event online? What examples of virtual Field Days have you done/seen/been a part of? Please describe and share links, if possible. For those who have done virtual Field Days, what were some of the challenges you...
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ICYMI - From "Me" to "We" TEAMWORK

Karl Bradley ·
Thanks so much for joining us for this 3-part series on Values, Trust & Teamwork! We sincerely hope it helps you rethink, reinvent & relay the way leadership is realized for yourself, your team & your organization. If you couldn't be with us here are some of the resources from the "Teamwork" session... Google's "Project Aristotle" Patrick Lencioni on the foundation of "teamwork" Bobby McFerrin " plays " the audience at the World Science Festival Watch the "Teamwork" session here...
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Too Many Notifications? Not Enough? Here's How to Adjust Your Settings

Aaron Weibe ·
A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on how to adjust your notification settings here in Connect Extension. It occurred to me this week that we have many more users now than when I originally wrote that. So, I thought I would share this information again: You have control over your own settings - how many or how few notifications you wish to receive. You can turn them all off entirely, or pick and choose what you would like to receive based upon content type. You can also customize your...
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What’s It Like to Work with the eXtension Foundation as an NTAE Project? - Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging

Aaron Weibe ·
eXtension recently announced the opportunity for nominations for the New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) for Year 2 projects. The nomination form will be available on June 15th until July 20th, 2020. Selected projects will receive wrap around services from the eXtension Foundation to support, accelerate, and amplify the project/program outcomes. Wrap around services include: Project/Program advisory support from a Catalyst (current or past senior program or administrative...
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Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast launches July 1!

Jessica Beckendorf ·
This new podcast, “Practicing Connection in a Complex World,” was created to help you explore and adopt relationship-building practices that will help you, your family, and your community improve your resilience in a rapidly changing world.
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Re: Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast launches July 1!

Rose Hayden-Smith ·
I love this approach. Another podcast that's taking a really collaborative approach is Water Talk out of University of California Ag & Natural Resources. They're using the recording sessions to create community and a sense of audience (this happens mid-week), and then dropping the actual podcast on Friday. It's been an incredibly inclusive process: the team publicizes the recording on social media, including Twitter, and then shares the Zoom link via email. Again: so looking forward to...
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Re: Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast launches July 1!

Jessica Beckendorf ·
Thanks @Rose Hayden-Smith - the mini-episode gives an overview of our intentions, and as a teaser episode 2 will discuss collaboration 🙂 Feedback is very welcome - we are taking a learning, growing, and collaborative approach and hope to eventually grow a community of people that will hopefully see themselves as co-creators of this podcast. 🙂
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Re: Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast launches July 1!

Rose Hayden-Smith ·
Thanks for sharing this! I am so looking forward to listening in!
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Re: Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast launches July 1!

Jessica Beckendorf ·
What a great idea! I will look it up - their process sounds right up our alley - thanks for sharing!
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Re: Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast launches July 1!

Aaron Weibe ·
Thank you for sharing! I look forward to checking it out!
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Your Leadership & Culture

Karl Bradley ·
These days we don't have to look far for articles on how to positively affect workplace culture. The founder of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, was once asked by an employee if they could serve sandwiches on their flights. He responded by asking if that would help them become THE low-cost airlines in the industry? It didn't so they don't! Every great leader believes their leadership can make a difference in their organization & helps keep everyone focused on their vision of what that...
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Results from the June 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest

Aaron Weibe ·
In May, the eXtension Foundation launched a monthly story lead contest in partnership with Farm Journal in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group here in Connect Extension. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators, have the chance to work with Farm Journal to further develop their story and have it published in Farm Journal media. The topic area for the June 2020 contest was about reducing food waste and we received several excellent submissions!
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eXtension Welcomes West Virginia State University and the University of Arizona as Newest Members for 2020

Aaron Weibe ·
The eXtension Foundation welcomes West Virginia State University and the University of Arizona as our newest members for 2020. A complete listing of eXtension members is available here . Institutions that are members of the eXtension Foundation get access to the Impact Collaborative program and Impact Collaborative sponsored events. A listing of member-only events is available in Connect Extension or directly on the eXtension website and includes, but not limited to: Two national Innovation...
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New eFieldbook Available! Resilient Agriculture: Weather Ready Farms

Aaron Weibe ·
As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation selected a Nebraska Extension program called Weather Ready Farms to participate in our program accelerator, receiving several wrap-around services from the eXtension Foundation to help with faster implementation and impact. One component of eXtension’s wrap-around services is the creation of a peer-reviewed eFieldbook about this project and a model...
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Livestream Today at 2 PM ET!: Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension's Weather Ready Farms

Aaron Weibe ·
Open this post in Connect Extension to watch live! As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation partnered with a Nebraska Extension program called Weather Ready Farms to help accelerate their program implementation and impact. In addition to this initiative being documented in a peer-reviewed ePublication, this project received direct support from a third-party marketing firm specializing in...
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ICYMI: Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension's Weather Ready Farms

Aaron Weibe ·
Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with a wonderful team that has been working as one of eXtension's New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) projects for 2019-2020. The Weather Ready Farms program comes from Nebraska Extension and as an NTAE project, it received direct support from a third-party marketing firm specializing in agriculture to conduct market research into the target audience and create a marketing & communication plan. Our webinar last week included: Ashley...
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New eFieldbook Available! Bridging the GAPs: Approaches to Treating Water On Farms

Aaron Weibe ·
As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation selected a multi-state initiative including North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech to participate in our program accelerator, receiving several wrap-around services from the eXtension Foundation to help with faster implementation and impact. One component of eXtension’s wrap-around services...
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June 2020 Story Lead Contest Winner Published In Farm Journal

Aaron Weibe ·
Congrats @Stacey Stearns from UConn for submitting the winning story lead for the June 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest . And thank you to everyone that submitted last month! The story, COVID-19 Needs Spurs Dairy - UConn Food Pantry Parternship has been published by Farm Journal. You can read the full story here . Today is the deadline for the July 2020 Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead contest here in Connect Extension. Several story leads have already been submitted; if you didn't get a...
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ICYMI: Connect Extension Chat: Virtualizing and Social Distancing Horticulture and Master Garden Volunteer Programs

Stephanie A Pully ·
In case you missed it: We had an excellent live chat with 58 participants discussing all the innovative ways to move horticulture and Master Gardener volunteer programs to a virtual platform! Some of the ideas included virtual Ask An Expert sessions, virtual coffee hours, webinar series, podcasts, and more. To see more including tips for marketing virtual programs, best practices and lessons learned, and suggested platforms, check out the chat archive ! Your co-hosts, Stephanie Pully and...
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Webinar for Educators: Exploring Climate Migration in the Classroom

mark megalos ·
Topic Webinar for Educators: Exploring Climate Migration in the Classroom Description Educators are invited to join Pulitzer Center education staff and journalist-grantees for a professional development webinar on migration and its relationship to climate change. By engaging with a pathbreaking new reporting project in The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica, participants will be able to... • explore new models for understanding how migration will change as the world warms, • hear the...
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Health and Well Being Subgroup Open to New Members

Roger Rennekamp ·
A new subgroup for Extension faculty and staff working in the area of health and well being has opened its doors to new members. The new subgroup’s Connect Extension platform is designed to serve as a virtual gathering place for members to interact around “all things health.” The group is a diverse community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to experience optimal health and well-being across the life span through a focus on both health...
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Data and Policy: Responding to Human Services Needs

Brad Gaolach ·
The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research has released the next white paper in their Leading Edge Dialogue series: Data and Policy: Responding to Human Services Needs . Data is needed for decision-making, particularly around human services and community development, which are complex and intersectional issues. Skill in leveraging and presenting data will position research at the forefront of social policy conversations and decisions; however, retaining current silos of data...
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Connect Extension Podcast Now Available

Aaron Weibe ·
The eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce that our Connect Extension Podcast is now available! Each month in Connect Extension, eXtension hosts a virtual chat on a different topic area to highlight best practices and innovations throughout Cooperative Extension. In June 2020, we hosted a virtual chat on virtual field days, led by @Victor Villegas , Oregon State University Extension Service, and @Rose Hayden-Smith , eXtension Technology in Extension Education Fellow Following each...
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August 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest: Soil Health

Aaron Weibe ·
Get your story lead developed and published by Farm Journal! For this month’s Cooperative Extension feature, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food wants to hear from your county/state/region about an innovative research project, on-farm trial or farmer engagement program you or Extension is leading to help farmers measure, analyze and improve their soil health. Are you ready to pitch your story for a national audience? Post your submission in Connect Extension in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead...
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10 Leadership Theories

Karl Bradley ·
"There's nothing so practical as a good theory." - Dr. Kurt Lewin To fully understand where we are on our leadership journey it's important to see how far we've come in our thinking about leadership. Here are 10 of the most common leadership theories... 1. The Great Man Theory (1840s) -The thought that Great Leaders are born...not developed. 2. The Trait Theory of Leadership (1930s - 1940s) -The thought that there are ideal characteristics for Leaders. 3. The Skills Theory of Leadership...
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Best thing you've shared recently?

Karl Bradley ·
Completely out of the blue I asked my son this question... What's the best thing I've ever shared with you? We both moved on to other things & frankly I thought he'd forgotten. Eventually, he came over to me & said the best thing I'd shared with him was.........time! Well, needless to say, this blew me away. We all search for things in which to be proud of our kids but this simple answer struck me as profound for a teenager. The only thing we all have in common is time. A few years...
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Ask Extension Pilot Program

Aaron Weibe ·
The eXtension Foundation is seeking volunteers to pilot the upgraded Ask An Expert platform, dubbed Ask Extension, to test features and provide input on user experience for long term improvements. Historically, Ask An Expert has served Cooperative Extension as a digital outreach tool to connect millions of U.S. citizens with you - their local Extension experts. The upgraded Ask Extension provides significant improvements in terms of enhanced ability for clients to dialogue with the expert,...
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Two Health Fellowship Positions Now Open, Deadline August 28, 2020

Aaron Weibe ·
Position Funded by Molina Foundation Position Administered by eXtension Position Led by @Roger Rennekamp The total amount of dollars available is $20,000.00, divided into two 10K contracts Contract conditions and terms: This will be a fixed term contract (so level of effort needs to be considered). 20K is about 1 day a week of an Extension professional’s time for a year. This is for 2 Extension professionals – 10K each. Contract Timeline – 1 year – September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.
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EMPATHY

Karl Bradley ·
Help! My empathy meter is falling & I need to know how to bring it up! If you're confused about the difference between sympathy, empathy & compassion you're not alone. Too often these "cousins" are misused so here's a quick run-down... Sympathy When we act out of sympathy we're not really connecting with the other person. It means we understand what the person is feeling. It's pity for them. Empathy When we act out of empathy, a connection emerges with the feelings of the one who is...
 

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