ALA is offering FREE training sessions, presentations and online learning sessions for your library to learn how it can facilitate important conversations and lead change in your community.
Series 1: For libraries serving large and/or urban communities
(World Cafe, Everyday Democracy) — Spring 2017
Series 2: For academic libraries
(National Issues Forum, Public Conversations Project) — Fall 2017
Series 3: For libraries serving small, mid-sized and/or rural communities
(Future Search, Conversation Cafe) — Winter/Spring 2018
Check out these recorded webinars on Turning Outward:
“Go Out & Play: Community Engagement through Turning Outward” (recorded 12/1/15)
Learn how Columbus (Wis.) Public Library, Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library, and Spokane County (Wash.) Library District are bringing residents, local organizations and city leaders together to tackle a variety of issues using the “turning outward” approach. This webinar is offered as part of ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative.
“Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community”: A Series of Six One-Hour Courses on the Harwood Institute Tools (recorded 2014-15)
This series of webinars explain, step by step, how to use the “Turning Outward” approach created by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The approach emphasizes taking steps to better understand communities; changing processes and thinking to make conversations more community-focused; becoming more proactive to community issues; and putting community aspirations first.
- Part 1: “Hosting and Leading Community Conversations”
- Part 2: “Theming and Using Public Knowledge”
- Part 3: “Calibrating Community Conditions”
- Part 4: “Hosting and Using Innovation Spaces”
- Part 5: “Partner Selection and Managing Relationships”
- Part 6: “Sweet Spot of Public Life”