Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD)

About the Project

The WiLD Project has been launched to fundamentally do things differently—not pressing the reset button repeating what’s always been done and expecting different results. This is a project rooted in the core theory, if we make an intentional and ongoing investment in our state’s greatest resource—our people—this is our best opportunity to influence meaningful change. A path for giving voice to the people and communities across Wisconsin who are struggling most and have been left out of the decision-making process.

In the first year, we exceeded our goal training over 300 grassroots leaders on the basics of community organizing. Although just getting started, the impact is already being felt as teams of newly trained leaders return to their organizations and communities to apply their learning to the problems directly affecting their lives. Not alone, but with the coaching support of the WiLD Core Team member who recruited them.

As we move into 2017, we will continue to seek clarity about people’s deepest concerns, remaining flexible while making collective decisions and building a statewide community that has the potential to act powerfully together. This intense focus on leadership development is not the answer alone, but the hope is that it can be part of a larger, more effective effort to mobilize the values of Wisconsin’s past with the best of Wisconsin’s present to create an inclusive movement—representing the many not just the few. Leadership development will be at the core, connecting the dots in our statewide community and grappling with how individual organizations’ goals can be connected to larger goals in which the whole becomes greater than the sum of it’s parts.

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