We at The Hub are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Executive Leadership Team, Katie Loudin.
Often, the successes we see from communities are the results of months, or even years, of hard work. While we are always proud to report our accomplishments, behind the scenes, there are often many twists, turns, and challenges along the way. Each failure represents a major milestone–an opportunity to pivot and tackle our work anew.
Last month, The Hub staff was joined by community leaders with Create Buckhannon and the McDowell County Local Food System Project for a lively chat about their teams’ failures that spring-boarded into other opportunities as part of our ongoing Community Conversation series.
Katie Loudin, representing Create Buckhannon, spoke on the transition of a strong leader taking an unexpected step back. Meredith Miller, a Senior at Mount View High School in McDowell County and Student Coordinator for the Go Growcery Market, discussed the importance of getting the community on board and ignoring negative comments when implementing a new project. James Russell, a foodshed coordinator in the Southern Coalfields, reiterated the importance of taking risks and trying new ideas more than once before you declare them a failure.
Here are five helpful takeaways from our guests for handling some of the less than graceful moments of community building:
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