This year, the unveiling for our Book of Lists publication looked a little different. It was hosted virtually from the Gerdin Business Building on Iowa State’s campus. And while different from the traditionally party-style event, it offered a unique opportunity to meet someone you didn’t know and learn from them via small breakout rooms on Zoom.
Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, the chief community impact officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, graciously shared some summaries of the discussions in each of her two breakout rooms.
What’s a lesson you learned in 2020?
- Pivoting business practices proved helpful then – and can be used now.
- The little things are really what we miss the most – conversations in the hallway, popping into a colleague’s office, etc.
- Human connection is critical to building community and emotional/mental health.
- Keeping a routine is helpful for all kinds of reasons.
- What you say and do – or don’t – matters.
- Relinquishing control can be good, even when it isn’t a choice.
What do you want to tackle in 2021?
- We need to double down on collaboration. Consider it radical collaboration.
- We need to tackle racial inequality throughout all facets of our community.
- We need to continue knocking down silos and using them as bridges.
- We need to take care of each other.
- We need to think of this as a reset year. We don’t have to go back to normal; we can create a new and even better normal.