Resilient Voices Guide Implementation through Distributed Leadership and Placemaking

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16 Dec 2019


Success Stories

Resilient Voices Guide Implementation through Distributed Leadership and Placemaking

Successful implementation of the Resilient Region plan was due to the deployment of the Distributed Leadership Model (DLM).  This model is an advanced version of the traditional “collective impact” community development practice. DLM engages regional Champions with intentional focus on engagement of the community benefactors.

“Through this unique model – we want to maximize a collaborative cohort to improve the economic and environmental vitality and quality of life for all in this region.” -Tim Houle, Administrator, Crow Wing County, Chair Resilient Region Champions.

The use of DLM also allowed R5DC to fulfill the regional values of honoring diversity and commitment to inclusion of “all voices to the table”.  For example, we learned that conversation and ideas are richer when artists are brought in during the planning phases versus after all decisions are made.  The artist offers creative and innovative perspectives which advance impacts.  Because the region is committed to quality of life for all people, R5DC sees value in expanding placemaking efforts.

A new placemaking initiative currently underway is a regional branding project.  Thanks to a grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance, R5DC, as well as county economic development practitioners, a consortium of creative thinkers and artists are crafting a regional brand that showcases the five-county area’s assets.  The goal of this “virtual placemaking” project is to retain and attract a workforce to the region. Maintaining our rural culture can be done in ways that add to our economic prosperity, thus, maintaining resilience through the DLM in the context of placemaking is a natural progression.

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