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Time for a Catalyst

November 3, 2011

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
– George Bernard Shaw (British playwright, 1856-1950)

ISU Extension and Outreach is a catalyst — and this really is at the heart of what we should be doing. Because of our networks and unique connections, we often are aware of different opportunities. We also can connect people in ways that perhaps they never thought of being connected. Through this sharing, we may create unique relationships or new funding opportunities that possibly didn’t exist before. This ability to catalyze, to gain energy from people coming together in some unique ways, results in great benefits for the state of Iowa. With our networks and connections, we bring the right people together to move Iowa forward. We’re not just sharing apples; we’re sharing ideas. See you there.

— Cathann

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  1. The apples/ideas quote is so apt today. And your comments express the essence of being a change agent – good reminder1

  2. More than just a catalyst for connection, Extension could be a leading organization in precipitating events and changes that increase investment and support of community-based, economically sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible enterprises in Iowa. But to do that, we will need to take some risks with new ideas.

  3. Being alert to opportunities really does work. Last week, I gave a tour of the Ada Hayden Herbarium to a biology class from DMACC. The students were great — interested and asking lots of questions. I complimented them on this at the end of the tour and said that if any of them was headed to ISU after finishing up at DMACC, to look me up for a possible student job here. One young woman emailed me later that day — she starts this afternoon as a volunteer! She’ll learn more about botany, gaining hands-on experience, and I will benefit from her time!