NADO Conference: Taking a Stand for Rural Development

Conference Session

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am

Location: San Antonio, TX

Find Orton staff and Heart & Soul towns at the 2016 NADO Conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

Learn the Identity of Your Community and Reach Those Missing Voices

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Rio Grande Center/West

This hands-on learning lab will introduce participants to Community Heart & Soul™, a resident-driven community development method. Field-tested for more than a decade, Heart & Soul increases participation in local decisionmaking and empowers residents to shape their communities based on what matters most. Using experiential exercises, participants will conduct a mini “community network analysis” to identify and engage missing voices; explore how personal stories are used to understand what matters most to a community; and learn strategies for employing a community’s heart and soul to drive local decision-making and action. Resident experts who have gone through the Heart & Soul process will share strategies and techniques from their experience. 


Creative Public Engagement Methods

Monday, October 17, 2016


Regency East 1 – 3 

This session will highlight creative methods for engaging diverse groups of residents so that everyone can have a say in the future of their community. Hear how towns have used the Orton Family Foundation Community Heart & Soul™ method to involve new voices, and through the process, created plans that both endure and thrive.