What is the REC Process?

A Radical Exploration of Community Issues, Relationships, and Solutions

Update 3-8-2021

After six virtual meetings, 117 people from throughout the region have identified Four Key Focus Areas that need urgent attention to help our community thrive. Now we need other perspectives from throughout the community to help make sure we are prioritizing correctly. Click on the link to ‘Check Our Work’ and give us feedback on the priorities the group has come up with.

What Is This?

The REC Process is a three-part conversation among community members taking place virtually during February and March 2021.  It is a vital opportunity for community members from Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties to work together to develop a vision and action plan that ensures everyone can thrive here!  The REC Process will use YOUR perspectives to explore core issues and develop a shared vision and commitment to positively impact those issues.  Along the way, you will build new relationships and increase your understanding of what is needed and wanted in our community.

Who Can Participate?

The REC Process is open to all.  This kind of collective conversation must include a wide representation of viewpoints, experiences, and stakeholders to build the most complete picture of what is needed and wanted to best impact the community for the long-term.  If you are interested, we welcome your participation!

Who Is ‘In Charge’?

The REC Process is being coordinated by the Community Impact Network of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties – a multi-sector collection of agencies, institutions and organizations.  This is a Collaborative that includes a Steering Committee and a fiscal sponsor (the United Way of South Central Nebraska).  Funding for the work of the Network comes from the Nebraska Children and Family Foundation.

How Will It Work?

Participants in the REC Process will engage in 3 facilitated virtual sessions, each lasting 90 minutes.  The sessions will include an examination of community well-being data, break-out conversations with fellow participants, and opportunities to learn together.  Once registered you will receive more details about the agenda, the process, and how we will capture and share everyone’s perspectives.  These are not presentations: they are real opportunities for you to share your perspectives and listen to others do the same.  

When Are the Sessions?

To make it easy to fit into your schedule, there are three versions of each session: one on Sunday evenings, one during the lunch-hour Tuesdays and one on Thursday evenings.  You choose which time frame works best for you:

Day of Week & Time Session #1 Session #2 Session #3 Session Registration
Sundays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm Feb. 7th Feb. 21st March 7th
Tuesdays from 12:00 – 1:30pm Feb. 9th Feb. 23rd March 9th
Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm Feb. 11th Feb. 25th March 11th

Ideally, participants will choose which day of the week works best, and just attend those sessions, yet if you need to ‘skip around’, we will make it work!

Do I have to attend all sessions?

Each conversation will build off the one before, so it will work best to attend all three sessions.  HOWEVER, your participation is the most important part of this – if you can only attend one or two sessions, that is okay!

How will we connect virtually?

The sessions will be hosted on Zoom, a virtual meeting platform.  You can participate through a computer or your phone that is connected to the internet.  You do not need to have a video camera, but it helps for people to see you.  You must be “Registered” to participate.  Simply click on the link above next to the day/time that works best for you.  Read the instructions on the registration email and test your connection beforehand to make sure everything works.  Any problems, please contact Brady Rhodes at (402) 461-8417.

I don’t have easy access to the internet, what can I do?

No worries!  We can help – just contact Brady Rhodes at (402) 461-8417.

REC Process Team Guiding Practices Proposed Participant Guiding Practices
We will…

  • Honor the participation of all
  • Gather viewpoints in a way that is visible and accessible
  • Remain neutral and make room for results that challenge the status quo
  • Center equity as a guiding force
  • Use data, stories, and participants’ lived experience as reference points
  • Check-in as we go to ensure your viewpoint is understood
  • Provide instruction and updates that are clear and reduce confusion
  • Share the results and keep you informed
This will not be a presentation – it will be a dialogue that You and Others will participate in.  Below are some guidelines that may help get us started…

I will…

  • Honor the participation of all
  • Listen carefully to others, paying attention to ‘how’ I am listening
  • Ask questions for clarity
  • Be mindful of how much ‘space’ I take