Turning Outward 2022 Cohort Program

“Turning Outward” is a process developed by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, which entails taking steps to better understand communities, changing processes and thinking to make conversations more community-focused, being proactive to community issues, and putting community aspirations first. Each year, MHLS will work with a cohort of libraries to use the tools in Turning Outward to gather input from their community, which will be used in developing a strategic or long range plan to address community needs that resonates with library staff and trustees and the people the library serves. Cohort libraries will participate in monthly calls, which support them in meeting monthly goals, understanding Turning Outward concepts, and developing a strategic plan.

For more information, contact Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin.

March 10 - Program Overview, Turning Outward Introduction, & Action Planning
April 14 - Public Knowledge & Community Conversations
May 12 - Action Plans in Action & Conversation Skills
June 9 - Experiences in Conversations & Organizing What You're Hearing
  • Homework
  • Relevant Resources
  • Call Recording
July 14 - What Did You Hear & Analyzing Capacity
  • Homework
  • Relevant Resources
  • Call Recording
September 8 - Understanding the Components of a Strategic Plan
  • Homework
  • Relevant Resources
  • Call Recording
October 13 - What's Your Plan?
  • Homework
  • Relevant Resources
  • Call Recording
November 10 - Finishing Up
  • Homework
  • Relevant Resources
  • Call Recording

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