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Special episode 02: Navigating change

(Air date: June 12, 2020)

Our world is constantly changing; now more than ever before. Community leaders are being forced to not only navigate their own responses to change but also identify strategies to help those around them. Jody Horntvedt and Toby Spanier reflect on the assumptions and stages of change and also discuss strategies for leaders to help themselves and their communities.

In this special series, we are looking back on webinars and articles shared early during the pandemic and how that information needs to shift for our current reality.  

"I think it's really important to understand that there are stages of change that we go through. They are denial, existence, exploration and acceptance. And given those four stages, there're different orientations."

— Toby Spanier

Episode host(s)


  • Jody Horntvedt, Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement
  • Toby Spanier, Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement



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