Growing up, my siblings and I were encouraged to ask good questions. We were raised to be inquisitive. Starting from this place of sincere curiosity and wonder led to rich conversations and a greater understanding of the world I found myself in.
Now, as an adult, my love for asking good questions hasn’t changed a bit. I still look at how we’ve structured our world and wonder how and why it is the way it is. But, in addition to coming to a place of understanding the world around me, I believe asking questions also leads to a place of creativity. For example, asking “what if” is one of the most powerful questions one could ask and, if acted upon, inevitably leads to innovation.
Even more powerful than asking myself, “what if?” is asking a community to collectively ask that question together. That’s where this blog comes in.
Every week, I will be sharing a question that is relevant in elevating the quality of conversations happening around Fargo.
But first, allow this first post to address a very simple question: Why share a blog?
For me, blogging is a simple tool to regularly invite you to dialogue about issues that matter most to both my campaign and the city I love. We live in an age where there’s no reason for citizens to not know where their prospective and/or elected officials stand on issues that matter most to them and their families – we live in an age of instant communication.
Here are some other reasons why I think it’s valuable to share a blog:
- It’s important for neighbors and friends to know how I think of the roles and responsibilities of a city commissioner.
- It’s a way to invite people to participate, collaborate, and share ideas
- It’s a way to highlight successful projects and processes from communities in other parts of the world
- It becomes an archive of resources which highlight other people and places who are addressing questions similar to those being raised here in Fargo
- It’s an open dialogue, not just a political platform
- It’s a place to generate ideas that become greater than the question itself
You can look forward to a new post shared every Thursday from this point forward. And, as mentioned, please use this platform as an opportunity to interact with me and other readers.
I look forward to hearing from you.