Conventional Economic Development is Dead Why Conflict is a Good Thing | Dale 2 months ago   12:05

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Greg Tehven, community builder and small town champion, explains how conventional economic development strategies are not working. He brings a new, fresh perspective on how rural communities can introduce new models for community vitality. This fun, thought provoking talk focuses on the crowd, each and every one of us, as we work to support improving the human condition versus the conventional strategies for supporting small cities. His work has lead Fargo to global recognition and a growing economy.

Thought leader, storyteller, and advocate for the creative class, Greg Tehven, invites his audience to build the community they want to live in. He believes that if you think creatively and act boldly, you can overcome any obstacle.

Greg is proud to be from Fargo, North Dakota. After travelling around the world and taking in other places and ways of life, he returned home ready to stop observing and start taking action to change what the world thinks when they hear Fargo.

As a leader in the startup community, Greg has been involved in many projects and events including TEDxFargo, 1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend, and Emerging Prairie. He often speaks about creative economic development, shining a spotlight on the best our cities have to offer, and innovative problem solving.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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well.. even if it's a great talk, thanks god there are different realities around the world and in my opinion I prefer buy locally to support (even if could be strange, old and too insane) my economy and my land. why? we don't have the same capacity of create value by nothing. Same resources and same economy. Sardinia has been stuck for decades and now is coping with some huge problems that crash your theory, Greg. Anyway, good job, you've done a lot for your community and that's great
I think your title is too general, to the extent that makes it misleading and did some great job for your community but that means "Conventional Economic Development" is dead wrong!!??....this is a bit far fetched.
Drop in the Bucket Marketing
You are right
Amber Walker
How do I do this in my own town? Where do I go to get started?
Jake Joraanstad
Right on. Greg has some great insights.
Marc Winn
We love this talk Greg. Thanks for coming to Guernsey to do it.
Ian Abston
You can't out-give your community....Love it!
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Why Conflict is a Good Thing | Dale Conventional Economic Development is Dead 2 months ago   18:07

Properly managed conflict can have many benefits both personally and organizationally. However, if conflict is poorly managed, it can be disastrous. Feinauer explores how conflict can be managed successfully and challenges your perspective to decide whether conflict is in fact a good thing.

Dale Feinauer received his Bachelors of Science, Masters of Labor and Human Resources, and Ph.D. in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University. He has been a Professor at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 1983, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in both human resources and management.

He has consulted for over 150 organizations and is active in his community providing volunteer services to over 100 organizations, and is described as a high-energy facilitator who is known for helping groups find ways to collaboratively make good things happen.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at