Strategic Doing conference to focus on turning plans into action
Civic leaders, students to discuss empowering communities at Sept. 6 Spark Growth event
Aug. 29, 2014 / Sarasota, Fla. — Spark Growth, a community and business development partnership based in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and Citizens Concerned About Education, a local organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities for area youth, are bringing together community and civic leaders, as well as local students, at its first Strategic Doing conference.
The event, which takes place at Booker High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6, is part of an international Strategic Doing program designed by Purdue University. The conference seeks to empower local leaders to take action to realize their goals for the community.
“Strategic Doing brings simple rules to complex issues,” says Sara Hand, who co-founded Spark Growth with Stan Schultes. “It provides a new way to develop collaboration and to create trusted networks. Strategic planning is slow, linear and costly—Strategic Doing is fast, inexpensive and fun.”
Spark Growth will facilitate this Saturday’s conference, which takes place in the Booker High cafeteria. Students in particular are encouraged to participate. The event will act as a résumé-builder and will help them understand how they can act effectively in their community. The process focuses on developing creative thinking and teamwork skills.
Many students have already begun working on the program through a series of creative thinking workshops conducted by Citizens Concerned About Education member Alex Terego. Booker’s Stacks Entrepreneur club is also participating, bringing student voices to the fore of the event.