At R-Squared — The Risk & Reward Conference, learn to take smart risks
to move libraries forward.

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Do you know what your community members really want to learn and share – not just your regular customers? Discover how to make the library more vital than ever as a force to bring your community together in an active environment of creativity and generous learning. The Abundant Community Experience gives you the knowledge and hands-on engagements designed to help you successfully collaborate with individuals on shared community goals.

This two-day experiential intensive, led by renowned change agents John McKnight and John Creighton, focuses on highly effective – and sometimes surprising – ways to tap into the underlying knowledge and power of any community and align forces with the people and organizations that create it. The Abundant Community Experience is designed to help you understand, develop and draw upon greater personal and professional roles that will help make your communities better, happier places.

– The R2 Abundant Community Team

Learn more about each of the R-Squared Experiences in the coming weeks. Register for your Experience by July 15; after that, we pick for you.

Interested in volunteering at R-Squared? Contact us for more info.

Excited about R-Squared this September but don't have the funds to attend? Two R-Squared scholarships are up for grabs via our Facebook giveaway. All you need to do is post on our event page before July 13 and tell us three things:

1. If you're selected, which R-Squared Experience would you register for?

2. Why would you choose that Experience?

3. Where are you from?

We'll pick two winners at random from the Facebook posts. Winners will be announced Monday, July 16.

Good luck, tell your friends, and we hope to see you in Telluride!

Interested in volunteering at R-Squared? Contact us for more info.

Space at R-Squared - The Risk & Reward Conference is limited. Register today!

We believe work should be just as fun as it is rewarding. The R-Squared Culture Experience is built to spill over with fun and (sometimes ridiculous) adventure, all the while circling back to core concepts to help make your workplace a more vibrant and productive space.

Teams will explore Mountain Village tasked with a set of daunting and entertaining challenges, and will be expected to meet those challenges while focusing on core values and honoring the tenets of collaboration, communication, and courageous action. Guaranteed you'll know at least 10 people by name at the end of your Culture Experience while playing an important role in building your team's dynamic. After all, that's what company culture is all about.

We're also bringing in Donovan Roberson, Culture Evangelist for Dyn, Inc. and former Operations Manager for Zappos Insights, to help us connect the dots and learn how to implement great culture-building practices.

Bring your comfy shoes and a sense of adventure. You don't want to miss this.

– The R2 Culture Team

Learn more about each of the R-Squared Experiences in the coming weeks. Register for your Experience by July 15; after that, we pick for you.

Interested in volunteering at R-Squared? Contact us for more info.

With the start of summer and the promise of September around the corner, excitement grows for R-Squared. Registrations are rolling in, so Check out the winning entries and learn more about the creative library professionals joining us in Telluride. In July, we'll announce one more scholarship opportunity. Check out the R-Squared Facebook page in the coming weeks for details.

Chocolate as Inspiration

This weekend, the R2 Team will be at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Join us as we pass out Telluride Truffles and talk with attendees about creative thinking in libraries. We'll gather outside Exhibit Hall A on Saturday, June 23, at 2 pm. R-Squared registrants and scholarship recipients - please join us by helping pass out chocolates and spreading the word about taking smart risks to move libraries forward. Questions about R-Squared? We'll be there to answer them!

Choose Your Own Experience

We've got some amazing adventures planned for R-Squared in the form of four unique Experiences: Culture, Customer Curiosity, Abundant Community and Creative Spaces. Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll help you decide which is the right fit for you by sharing highlights from each. Register for your Experience by July 15; after that, we pick for you. Watch your inbox for more info.

We're thrilled to announce that the R-Squared Conference has received a $25,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help support creativity and innovation in libraries. The grant funds keynote speaker Josh Linkner, New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity. In addition, the Foundation will fund out-of-state scholarships for creative library professionals interested in attending the conference.

"This funding is key to the success of the R-Squared Conference in that it will provide assistance in helping libraries innovate and grow, securing their essential role in our communities," says Shelley Walchak, R-Squared project manager and senior consultant for library community programs at the Colorado State Library.

Through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gale-Cengage Learning and all of the R-Squared sponsors, we're able to provide an interactive learning experience in one of the most beautiful locales in the country. Thank you to all who are supporting this endeavor. We couldn't do it without you!

To view the full press release regarding this announcement, click here.

Are you excited about sharing brave ideas in a spectacular setting but don't have the funds to get to Telluride? We have several R-Squared scholarship oppportunities available. No 500-word essay required. All you need to do is create your most engaging content that shows us how you are a valuable asset to R-Squared – The Risk and Reward Conference and how your attendance will affect your library and community. Create a video, website, animation, illustration, blog – anything that can be linked to with a single URL.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Passion
  • Endorsements from your community
  • Concrete examples of how you are a change agent

Through the support of our generous sponsors, we now have in-state, out-of-state and even international scholarship opportunities available. Channel all of that creative energy and submit it on our scholarship page. Deadline for submission is June 3; scholarship recipients will be contacted by June 15.

Call for Volunteers

Already planning on attending R-Squared and interested in helping make it all happen? Join the R-Squared Volunteer Squad. We're looking for creative, enthusiastic individuals to help stuff bags, hold mikes, organize cords, run around Telluride and greet people with smiles at R-Squared in September. Volunteers get a nifty R-Squared T-shirt, high fives, and good karma for helping out. Fill out our volunteer form if you're ready to lend a hand.

Another change agent has been added to the list of R-Squared speakers as part of the Culture Experience.

Donavon Roberson is the Culture Evangelist for Dyn Inc., located in Manchester, N.H., where his job is to ensure that culture intersects with every aspect of the company’s internal ecosystem. Prior to his role with Dyn, Donavon was The Director of Service Innovations for OOBE, Inc. and a member of the Zappos Family as the Culture Evangelist and Operations Manager for Zappos Insights. In these roles, Donavon has had experience in crafting service initiatives for employees and customers, as well as sharing with hundreds of businesses how to create a business focused on service and culture.

Visit our Speakers page to learn more about all of the R-Squared speakers.

Registration is now open for R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference. Cost is $495 per person. Great hotel rates are also available, so book your room today.

Interested in attending R-Squared but worried about the funds? Thanks to our generous sponsors, scholarship opportunities are available.

Once you’ve registered, sign up for one of our R-Squared Experiences. Join our risk-taking community by updating your website profile to include your photo and social media links.

Going to PLA 2012? We have two opportunities for you to learn more about R-Squared and spark the conversation about taking smart risks to move libraries forward.

Rockin' the ConverStation

On Thursday, March 15, join the ConverStation about R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference. Get the latest details about the conference while tapping into your creative side. Fun guaranteed. 

Reaching for the Future: You Got to Take the Risk to Get the Reward

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Room 110 A-B

R2 Team Hits the Streets

After Thursday's ConverStation, we'll tour the conference floor to pass out swag, spark conversations and share info and excitement about R-Squared. Look for us outside Exhibit Hall E, grab a cupcake and help spread the word.

R2 Team Pep Rally

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Exhibit Hall E and beyond

See you in Philly!

The new R-Squared site is now live. Learn more about what we have in store and everything Telluride has to offer.

We're also thrilled to announce that entrepreneur, risk-taker and creativity expert Josh Linkner will kick off the weekend as R-Squared's keynote speaker. Prepare to tap into your creative side.

Want to help spread the word about R-Squared? Download a slide to include in your next presentation.


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