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Co-opetition

Blog, News & Events on September 22nd. Comments Off on Co-opetition

By Jason Uphoff, Arlington Economic Development Director

What is Co-opetition?

“CO-OPETITION is a new way of thinking about business. Some people see business entirely as competition. They think doing business is waging war and assume they can’t win unless somebody else loses. But business is both co-operation and competition. It’s CO-OPETITION, a word coined by Ray Noorda, founder of the networking software company Novell: ‘You have to compete and cooperate at the same time.’” – Adam Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff

Game Theory

Co-opetition is based upon the mathematics concept of Game Theory. It was pioneered in the Fifties as a way to calculate global economic trends and Soviet strategy in thermonuclear war. The widespread adaptability of Game Theory was quickly built upon and now-a-days you can see elements of Game Theory in law practice, computer science, evolutionary biology, consumer marketing, military strategy and especially … Read More »


The power of young voices

Blog, News & Events on September 19th. Comments Off on The power of young voices

By Wendy Royston
Dakotafire Media

Dylan Fulton and Camden Breitling, students at Miller High School, came to RuralX on scholarship through Dakota Resources.

Fulton, who said he hopes to one day return to Miller after being educated elsewhere, enjoyed the Empower roundtable, where the students told a group of adult change-makers how the program is impacting their community of Miller.

He noted that he was welcomed to share his opinion without feeling rushed.
“It kind of makes you feel … like you matter,” Fulton said.

Through the Empower program and other initiatives back home in Miller, Fulton and Breightling both are becoming more active in their community—something they said has value to teens.

“It kind of makes me feel like I’m actually part of the decision-making process—like my opinion counts,” Breightling said, adding that it’s become evident that the community wants “us involved more and more. That’s … Read More »


LEADERSHIP: Six ways to address ‘We don’t know how’

Blog, News & Events on September 14th. Comments Off on LEADERSHIP: Six ways to address ‘We don’t know how’

By Paula Jensen

Some of us in rural communities feel as if we are missing the secret ingredient to leadership development: We don’t know how to create leaders who are committed long-term. People rise up when there is an immediate need, but then they go away until the next crisis or cause arises.

If there is key ingredient to creating strong community leaders, it’s self-awareness. Becoming truly self-aware means that people understand their own strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, attitudes, opinions and motivation. Our communities can support that path to self-awareness and leadership development by creating a local culture that is open to change, reflective of where we came from, considerate of tradition, and eager to engage all residents from young to old so they can flourish as leaders in the many areas of community life.

The following six strategies can help begin the process … Read More »


My Summer at Webster Area Development Corporation

Blog, News & Events on August 31st. Comments Off on My Summer at Webster Area Development Corporation

Guest Blog By Shala Larson

“What’re you doing this summer?” someone asks. I’m 21, a college senior; last year I was in Washington, D.C. and have been to South Africa and Peru. I say I’m going to work on development in my hometown. They respond, “Wait, what?”

Yes, the adventurer who swore she’d never spend another summer at home landed herself back in the land of number 22 license plates, fishing tournaments and more cows than people. Why? Because sometimes you need to better understand where you come from before you can start your future.

Over the past three months I’ve gained know­ledge as Day County’s interim development coordinator, learning things like how to write meeting minutes, manage an office, plan events, market on a budget, how to make a budget, coordinate volunteers, pinpoint areas of improvement and take initiative to tackle projects. … Read More »


Let the kids have a seat at the big table!

Blog, News & Events on August 24th. Comments Off on Let the kids have a seat at the big table!

Reasons to have teenagers on board

Author – Katy Kassian, Creator, Designer, Owner at Buffalo Gals Mercantile in Reagan, North Dakota

There are a multitude of reasons WHY a community should have teenagers participating on the boards and councils.

1) According to a University of Nebraska national survey of rural youths, 50% (that’s right folks! FIFTY PERCENT) WANT to return to their communities in the future. That’s a fabulous number! Now what are YOU going to do with that information?  What is your community to have to offer these returning ‘youngsters’ down the road? Jobs? Things to do? Places to hang out? WI-FI hot spots? Entertainment for new families? Buildings to start businesses in?
I would bet if you asked these youngsters what they would want to have, you would be surprised by their answers. If you let them, they will help … Read More »


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Co-opetition

By Jason Uphoff, Arlington Economic Development Director

What is Co-opetition?

“CO-OPETITION is a new way of thinking about business. Some people see business entirely as competition....

The power of young voices

By Wendy Royston Dakotafire Media

Dylan Fulton and Camden Breitling, students at Miller High School, came to RuralX on scholarship through Dakota Resources.

Fulton, who said he...

LEADERSHIP: Six ways to address ‘We don’t know how’

By Paula Jensen

Some of us in rural communities feel as if we are missing the secret ingredient to leadership development: We don’t know how...