In the grind of day-to-day life and responsibilities it can seem frivolous to spend time thinking about what could be. But without vision, goal-setting and planning, our lives - and our city - will grow stale.
Fuel Cincinnati, the innovation arm of the volunteer organization Give Back Cincinnati, is helping move forward the envisioning conversation with its first brainstorming event. Noted local brainstorming facilitator Joel Kashuba, author of the BlissProject, will lead the Fuel Brainstorm Idea Generation session.
The free, open event will be April 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cincy Coworks, 2400 Gilbert Ave. in Walnut Hills. Lunch will be provided. You can register for the event here.
Kashuba, principal of design innovation at Procter & Gamble, wrote and created the BlissProject, a book and seminar series designed to help people "build a sense of purpose, influence, and control" in their careers through "inspiration, action, and influence." He's been published in Innovations magazine and has spoken at design conferences across the U.S.
"Joel approached us wanting to help Cincinnati, using skills from his professional career to give back," said Beth Gottfried, Fuel board member and communications director.
Fuel provides small grants to help young professionals launch projects that impact the region. Past projects include Cincinnati Coworks, a bike trail into Devou Park from the nearby Lewisburg Neighborhood and Kicks for Hope, a nonprofit that builds kids' leadership skills through soccer.
"There are a lot of people who have ideas, and lot of people who are implementers of ideas. We introduce them to one another so we can get things moving," Gottfried said of Fuel. "We want to channel some of that into community building."
Brainstorming participants will be asked what Cincinnati is today, and what it can offer in the future.
"When we see some common themes about where people want (the city) to go, we'll talk about those images and what needs to happen to make it a reality," Gottfried said.
Participants will leave the session with concrete action steps, and will partner with leaders who can start the process to push forward action.
Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Beth Gottfried, Fuel board member and communications director
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