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THANK YOU to those that attended our 2018 event! 

Check out our YouTube page to see videos from our speakers and the event!

Hope to see you next year!

YouTube Videos: Skillsfest 2018 Videos


Appleton, WI

Leverage shared learning to accelerate community impact


Our Vision:

To inspire local activity in a way that achieves generative (Social, Economic, Environmental) scalable outcomes so that everyone we engage with unleashes their creativity and capability towards their own generative aspirations.


What is our purpose?

To convene a group of community problem solvers that can learn from the use of problem solving methods as applied to thorny community issues. Skillsfest enables communities to take their next step in tackling their own thorny issues and accelerating community impact on their own relevant community challenge.

Leadership with education

What are our goals?

  • Create a “container” for free sharing and expression of knowledge developing skills with a focus on applications to community problem solving
  • Enable a breadth of community problem solving practitioners to learn from each other on where skill acquisition, coaching, and leadership models may converge
  • Utilize global knowledge in local geographical contexts
  • Have communities commit to prototyping whole system change efforts using flexible adaptable problem solving methods

The kernels of Skillsfest began with some questions:

Most communities just happen; they are neither intentional nor purposeful.  How can we create generative local community? What frameworks do we need to enable this intentionality?

What if communities could achieve generative (social, economic, environmental) local outcomes by working on eliminating their thorniest, most complex issues?

How could we build community capability and capacity to tackle these problems?


It starts with a premise….

We can build flexible, adaptable, structured problem-solving capabilities in communities and apply this capability to complex, thorny community issues.


So how do we build flexible, adaptable, structured problem- solving skill? 

Skillsfest will convene leading experts in methods of community problem solving so that we may converge upon a set of characteristics needed to apply flexible adaptable structured problem-solving skill into thorny community issues. We need to develop the landscape of applicable methods.

Skillsfest will also convene a cross-sector of enclaves or communities that are interested in applying problem solving skill to their own community challenges.

The POINT initiative is a case in point:

Since the Great Recession of 2008, NE WI Wisconsin has seen economic growth but despite several efforts and resources, it had not seen the needle move on poverty within the region. By applying flexible, adaptable, and structured problem solving to this whole system problem, the POINT initiative is now exploring how local continuous improvement resources from businesses can assist non-profits in creating sustainable change on the poverty issue.


We welcome you to take this journey with us and help to be the deliberate sustainable local community change that we collectively desire.  We are a purely grass-roots effort that wants to learn through action.


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