Coming in August… A New Event in Wisconsin: “Skillsfest”


skillsfestMy friend, fellow Lean practitioner, and fellow MIT LFM/LGO program graduate Jason Schulist is organizing a new event that I wanted to share with you. Skillsfest is being held in Appleton, Wisconsin, which is a great town to visit in the summer.

Here's what Jason shared via email (and allowed me to share here):

Skillsfest starts with an aspiration and a problem. 

The aspiration is to create sustainable local geographical communities that are intentional and have the capacity to effectively work on their local community problems. 

The problem is how to build that community problem-solving capacity in a scalable and replicable way that develops communities as learning organizations.

In order to build community problem-solving capacity, we need to build problem-solving skill.  And that is where you come in….

Skillsfest will explore skill – how it is developed, what steps may be needed, what brain science may tell us, what different models are there – with the expressed intent to understand how skill can inform problem solving specifically around working thorny community problems.

We are looking for professionals and experts who have worked on building skill – from problem solving to organizational learning to community transformation to brain research on skill to music to athletics to apprentice models and more…the possibilities are endless! 


Each speaker will present a 5-7 min TED talk like experience to help the attendees (communities and other skill speakers) understand the commonalities between the skill building models.  It is a chance to share your life experiences and understand/collaborate with others on how skill is built so that communities can take advantage of developing problem solving skill to tackle their problems. 

Will you join the effort to help communities help themselves? Together we can tackle these problems and build a brighter future for our communities. Be a Part of Something BIG!

If interested, please register yourself…



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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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