Join the Conversation!
A Community Cafe.
What will Ketchum, or the broader community for that matter, look like in 2026? That’s what 64 stakeholders, gathered into 8 groups, over the course of 2.5 days attempted to describe.
Fundamental to creating a consensus among the 64 was unanimous agreement on 9 statements of Common Ground… Sustainable Energy, Life Long Learning, Transportation, Governmental Cooperation, Technological Infrastructure, Culture-Nature-Wellness, Local Food, Vitality and Diversity.
How did this happen? A Planning Team of 20 volunteers with a broad range of connections through out the community invited the 64 participants to the Future Search event in late January, based on the following criteria:
Who has AUTHORITY or RESOURCES to Create and Promote the Vision? (can either advance or block objectives)
Who has EXPERTISE, KNOWLEDGE OR PERSPECTIVE about creating a Vibrant and Sustainable Community?
Who could be MOST AFFECTED by the Outcome?
Who has a genuine level of INTEREST creating vibrant and sustainable community?
The focus was on people not organizations. It was important to include a broad, balanced cross section of the community, considering Gender / Age / Work Experience / Time in Valley, and to include the Usual Suspects and the not-so Usual ones.
Now is the time to engage the broader community in the Discussion. There will be NO LECTURES or PRESENTATIONS, just the opportunity to learn more and participate if and where interested.
So much has happened since the Future Search: many action groups have formed and many connections are being made so to move forward. Please come to the event, share your experience, and find out what the Future Search has stimulated.
It’s important to invite the largest number of interested people as possible. Many hands make light work, and it can be a whole lot of fun too!
Check out the video:
Join us at the Jones Building, 4th and Main Street, Ketchum (Above Burger Grille), Thursday March 3, from 3:30pm-7:30pm!
Thank you to Pam Colesworthy for contributing to our office blog!
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