My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), Coburg, OR, USA
I was lucky enough to be part of the RDI training here in Merlin, Oregon. At first I had problems with the whole concept of ground up community improvement. I did not personally think it was worth time and effort.
Not being in love with the whole bureaucratic broo ha ha of any government focused enterprise, I wasn't expecting much other than normal political jargon, hot air and promises by a bunch of self important stuffed suits.
Now that I have said that ( I feel so much better, The truth will set you Free!!!! ) I can tell you that I could not have been further from the truth!!!! Right from the first session I began to learn about and enjoy what RDI had to offer! The " stuffed suits " that I had been so sure were going to test the limits of my BS 'O'meter, never materialized! Instead, I was greeted by some of the most knowledgeable , funny and truly Community concerned people I have known! This fact never , not once , changed stride! Even the guest instructors were above and beyond informative and interesting people. ( My ages old concept of political stuffed suits was rapidly losing ground! )
During the whole course, the idea of normal ( who sets those standards ??? ) people changing their community or setting change in motion was the driving concept of the RDI instructors. We learned so many things about people in general , about how to interact with others to meet a mutually desired goal. Networking, interpersonal communications, task assignments, voting and debating in a respectful manner to reach the end result of helping a community.
Then, when all the book learning and practical examples ( of which there are several ) are over, the class gets to put all of their new found knowledge to the test by creating an Event ( in our case ) from start to finish, all under the watchful and caring eyes of our wonderful instructor team!!
In this course I learned so much, I became convinced that a person can grow a concept into a team effort to help their community! This is a fantastic course, well worth the time and effort to attend. Given the chance, take this course, you will build relationships, friendships and your community ! can't ask for better than that!
Our Cohort is now considering the possibility of building a better event next year!