If you're an Extension professional, you know all about striving to make an impact on issues that matter. The success of your program and the well-being of the community you serve depends on it. eXtension believes innovation is key to making an impact. We invite all Extension professionals to register for the NeXC 2016 professional development track to learn from and with leaders and educators representing the best innovative programming from around the country.
We have invited leading speakers and thinkers on innovation, including innovation in the Cooperative Extension System, and our professional development track includes 46 presentations selected from proposals by Extension professionals from across the nation.
|Keynote speaker on Wednesday, March 23, is John Stepper, author of Working Out Loud, widely heralded as the new roadmap for working more effectively in our new increasingly digital environment.|
|Keynote speaker on Thursday, March 24, is Paul Pangaro, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the MFA Interaction Design program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Dr. Pangaro teaches, researches and consults on how to apply “designing for conversation” to developing and implementing innovation projects, software and organizational processes.|
|Capstone sspeaker on Friday, March 25, is Tom Fox, Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service. He oversees the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership (CGL) and growing portfolio on innovation in government.|
Also speaking on Friday, March 25, will be two Cooperative Extension System and Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) leaders.
|Michelle Rodgers, PhD, ECOP Chair and Director of Cooperative Extension and Outreach at the University of Delaware|
|Keith L. Smith, PhD, retired Director of Cooperative Extension at The Ohio State University, a strong advocate for innovation in the Cooperative Extension System and Chair of the new ECOP Innovation Task Force, a follow-up of the Cooperative Extension System Innovation Inventory, which he also chaired.|
Together Drs. Rodgers and Smith will launch the new ECOP Innovation Task Force in conjunction with its first meeting held at the National eXtension Conference. The task force’s objective will be to build on the findings of the Innovation Inventory to develop guidelines for implementing innovation strategies throughout the Extension system.
The NeXC 2016 conference features two tracks: the Professional Development track offering sessions in traditional and new formats, and the i-Three Issue Corps track where members selected for the corps work collaboratively to design their innovation projects on climate and food systems. Emphasis by speakers and in workshops will be on exploring hands-on developmental approaches. All Professional Development track participants will have opportunities to learn about i-Three Issue Corps projects and project design experiences.