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We build this website to help create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared. Except for a small number of collaboration sub-sites built to enable private virtual teaming for non-profits, the site has no official affiliations with other organizations. The information contained here is obtained from various public sites and sources. Its goal is to show that Transparency, Accountability, Responsiveness and Process-centric (TARP) attributes of a community can be "beamed (Built, Enabled, Activated and Modeled)" into existence from a grass-roots level.

As we build out the site, we hope to awaken in the community an epiphany and a realization that a resilient community should have the vision and aspiration to develop and operate with interlocking processes and investments to allow public, economic and social development systems to complement each other so that collaboration is by design and not chance-encounter (or by luck).

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Beam Highlights

 

Community Beam has the following sub-sites:

Community Networking Center

A sub-site of dmcBEAM, the Community Network Center (CNC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for Community Networking Group (CNG) to increase awareness and understanding of public, private, non-profit organizations' plans and needs so that individually and collectively we will be more effective in carrying out our mission of serving the community. 

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Grass Roots Pilot Sites

We are also hosting the following websites to support some of our area's grass-root initiatives:


Open Beam

BEAM (aka openBeam) is about leveraging Web 2.0 and cloud computing to build technology capacities to serve the community.

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In the City for Good

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Education Beam

A Beam subsite that captures Rochester area's efforts to improve K-12 education outcomes. Projects such as RPS's strategic plan, area's Cradle to Career collective impact project and grass roots participation in RPS's community engagement effort. The subsite offers a layered navigation into these currently disjoint efforts with the hope to beam up system level coordination.

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Diversity Beam

D&I Beam openBEAM.net in collaboration with Journey to Growth's Diversity/Inclusion Committee is "beaming" up this portal to showcase projects and organizations that aim to improve the well-being conditions of minority groups. Statistics such as those curated by Minnesota Compass tell us there are significant education and earning gaps in non-white populations across Minnesota. With projected workforce shortage and demographics trend, these gaps cannot persist if our region is to realize the Destination Medical Center (DMC) objectives and other overarching wellness aspirations.

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Socity Justice Coaltion

Establishing a coalition of organizations with shared intention to advance the rights of all people in the region, convening around the desire to build awareness and collaboration, act in solidarity, and help one another achieve goals and missions.

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Misc Websites

Kiwanis Rochester

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time."

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Dashboard Beam

Dashboard Dashboard Beam: Various anchor initiatives in Rochester have overlapping goals and that the organizations/teams driving these initiatives have great intention to collaborate. And the difficulty of teaming and collaboration among large scale projects is well-known though seldom receives serious discussions. That's why alignment of goals, indicators, strategies and measurements is highly valued in best-practices such as Lean 6 Sigma.

However, a rigid top-down approach which says everything has to be lined up before actions take place is not practical in our matrix world. What we champion is "beaming up" transparency, accountability, responsiveness and process-centric disciplines by leveraging technology to allow side-by-side visibility of various projects. This portal demonstrates how it could be done. Focused areas include: Disparities, Education, Housing, Economy, Workforce Development, and Health

DC3 Beam

Started in 2009 by Diversity Council Board IT Taskforce to enable Diversity Council stakeholders to collaborate online, DC3 Version 2 (DC Beam) aims to continue to facilitate DC intranet collaboration as well as to explore connection potentials with various community anchor projects/organizations hosted on openBEAM.net's BEAM cloud.  

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Community Health Beam

A prototype portal that shows how virtual teaming for a "Community for Health" can be facilitated.

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DMC Document Portal

dmc docDMC Doc Beam is a "home-grown" portal that aims to build, enable, activate, model (beam) the TARP (transparency, accountability, responsiveness, process-centric) attributes onto the DMC Project.

Go there to read DMC documents and check status.

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Transportation Beam

transitEfficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.

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Y Beam

ylogo Offered in partnership from openBEAM.net IT group, YCC is a subsite of dmcbeam.org which aims to make the Rochester-area more connected and collaborative to better share the journey to grow a healthy and prosperous community.

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Community Status/News

History Center to present Traveling While Black (December 12, 2018)

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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Community for Health Workgroup Log (December 11, 2018)

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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Collective Impact Model to enable Housing Coalition (December 09, 2018)

11/13/2018 Housing Coalition meeting starting a series of conversations regarding the future and role of the housing alliance in our community.  To start these conversations, Elaine Case will be presenting on the Community Impact model.

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County prepares pitch for crisis center (November 22, 2018)

"The answer for Lawson, Clements and variety of other collaborators is the proposed crisis center, which would tap into a portion of the $28.1 million state lawmakers earmarked for creating such facilities."

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Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 Planning Kickoff (November 21, 2018)

Invitation from Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner & Chair of Olmsted County Complete Count Committee

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Action Groups being formed (November 20, 2018)

Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services

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Age Friendly Community Survey (November 18, 2018)

How well is Rochester meeting your needs as you age? A survey.

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Race Exhibit 2018 (November 17, 2018)

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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Kiwanis Club of Rochester 4Q 2018 Community Services (November 17, 2018)

These are some of the volunteering activities that we participated in.

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Diversity Council newsmaker (November 12, 2018)

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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Site Information
Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
Links
Links to Beam and beam sub-sites: