Photo Credit: Season’s Greetings from a snowy Ashland
Community of Practice leaders, Network partners and FAC Net staff met this week in Ashland, Oregon. The intention of the meeting was to take the pulse of the Network’s Communities of Practice (which include working groups focused on topics such as landowner and homeowner outreach and community wildfire protection plans). To kick things off, we grappled with the reality that the FAC Net is complex. It became clear that Communities of Practice couldn’t mature unless we stepped back and looked at the Network as a whole, as well as the context in which it operates. So the group adapted on the fly with techniques from Liberating Structures (a facilitation model) to think about the big picture and shifted the conversation to questions like “What’s happening in the Network? What should be happening? What should be changing?” We considered all of these questions with the Network’s desire to create better wildfire outcomes in mind, generating a rich conversation regarding our Communities of Practice and many other Network elements. We look forward to continuing the journey with the rest of the Network in 2017.
Thank you to all who joined us, and we look forward to connecting with the rest of the Network on the workshop’s outcomes!
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