In late November through Mid-December, the Northern Crops Institute hosted Dennis Hoiberg of Lessons Learnt Consulting, Melbourne, Australia. Dennis is an expert in resiliency, stress management, and dealing with change in rural and farm economies. Dennis has over thirty years working in rural environments in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, places that are no strangers to extreme weather, market, and financial risks. Building resilient communities with the ability to manage change is an important component of building strong agricultural communities with a value added mindset.
During his visit, Dennis had the chance to visit with over one thousand individuals and conducted over twenty different presentations; spreading his message of HOPE (Habits, Optimism, Planning, Enacting) with a blend of science, humor, and real life experience.
“The receptiveness of the people, the willingness of people to listen to my message, and the willingness of people to share their experience, highlighted the need for the message.” Said Hoiberg.
With the help of NDSU Ag Communication, NCI collaborated with Dennis to produce an 8 part mini-video series, "Bouncing Forward: Resilience in the Face of Change", with the hope of spreading his message across the country.
Bouncing Forward: Resilience in the Face of Change Mini-Video Series
Part 1: Three Great Lies
Part 2: Planks of Resilience
Part 3: Developing Effective Habits
Part 4: HOPE Model
Part 5: Key Messages
Part 6: Four Great Questions
Part 7: What is Your Why
Part 8: You Gotta Do