HCI Capstone Project: Brown County Leader Network

Updated Dec 17, 2021

Updated Name: Brown County Leader Network (BCLN) – Presentation – Overview of the Concept 

    • Guiding Principle: On a change/improvement inititiave, those that may have opposing political and cultural  perspectives regarding options and solutions can choose to agree to disagree. They can agree on facts, ideals, and can find common causes on issues that they can then work together to resolve.
      • This concept is similar to the the Justice system. The ideals are Truth and Justice. The process starts with facts and evidence and the decision that an action is needed. The prosecution and defense (along with their witnesses and subject matter experts)  represent and present opposing perspectives, points, and counterpoints.  The Jury (individuals/team) considers all availabe information, options presented and make a decision.  In Quality Management (QM), proven and acceptable practices offer a standard  for performance (the Judge/Court role). Once a course of action is selected, the next steps are to implement and then follow-up to assess results and take any needed next steps.
      • In deciding to work with a group, Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, reinforced that Win-Win is the ideal option. In QM, this is translated as a choice that can produce an optimal outcome where everyone benefits, or at least, are not any worse off in the long-term. This option is supported by identifying all the stakeholders effected by the change and identifying the information they need in assessing results.
        • Other options Covey identifed are Win-Lose and Lose-Lose. In QM, these options are considered suboptimal that increases the cost and risk to the customer and society.
        • Covey also identified the “No-Deal” option where people can choose to refuse to work to find the common ground. This seems to be the current political situation in America and has been referred to as “canceling” and representing a Cold Civil War.
      • The concepts supporting the bell-shaped curve help reinforce the variation principle. On a controversial topic, some will be for, some against, and most everyone else somewhere in-between.

Dec 8, 2021.


Update July 23, 2019 – Covid related example

Meetings: We meet every second and fourth Monday of the month, Library, 6-8 pm.

July thru October 2019.  Priorities:  Application support – Jackson Township, program and website design, by-laws.  Application Example – Jackson Township

June 10, 2019Meeting Highlights

  • Legal  Name: Brown County Leaders Connecting Leaders.
  • DBA “Brown County Leader Network”
  • We will be establishing a 501c3.
  • We approved a proposal for the development and maintenance of a website.

June 3, 2019. Program Presentation – League of Women Voters – Annual Meeting

May 31, 2019 Memorial Day 2019 – Post – Leader Cooperation

May 14, 2019 Project Update – Brown County Leadership Cooperative  (1)

(1) We are in the process of reviewing the name and governance strategies with the various group in the county to help ensure unity of effort.

Previously Approved Pathway Project 20180104 HCIBC Leadership Coop RevisedApp_Jan4Final

  • Changes:  Postponed a Food Summit until next year. Guide – Hosting a Food Summit DRAFT
  • Shifted the primary focus to immediate support for a variety of projects that can include one or more food-related projects.
  • Identified the need to develop a separate 501c3

Updated BCLC Strategic Plan 2019_05_10 BCLC Strategic Plan

Revised Draft BCLC Guide – Support Services 2019_05_07 BCLC Guide

Capstone Project Deliverables

  • New Organization – BC Leadership Cooperative – 501c3.
  • Website – to contain directory and success stories
  • Support Guide
  • Mentors and Coaches
  • Improved Leadership Capabilities
Concept:  Powerpoint Presentation of the Concept.  version 2019_03_07

Current Timeline

Project Application Requirements

A Capstone Project is a project (s) approved for an investment of up to $10,000.  The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) – HCI  Program contributed $5,000 and the Brown County Redevelopment Commission provides another $5,000.

“Among” the current project proposals is the development of a Leadership Co-Operative.

  • A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. (Wikipedia)

Leadership reduces the gap between the desired and current situation.  This is done through an assessment, a strategy, and an action plan.

Purpose:  Support a shared vision, promote and communicate the successes of existing and new organizations and initiatives, raise awareness of community needs and accomplishments, identify opportunities for volunteers, and provide ongoing support for improvement.  The Leadership Co-Op Process includes the following:

  1. Stakeholder Assessments of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT)
  2. Strategic Planning with Stakeholders
  3. Project Management. A project has a beginning and an end and produces a specific result

The “Capstone Project” is to validate a proof of concept by providing examples of successful applications:  Successes can include:

  1. A Leadership Co-Op Program and a successful project (s).  Demonstrate and document how the process was applied and led to the identification and application of the Co-Op Program to a project (s) in a Food related category.
  2. Development of a new program and project proposal (s) in a Food related category.
    1. Food Council?
    2. School Gardens?
    3. Other?
  3. Application examples developed by HCI Team members could include an existing or new program/project or initiative.


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