We invite you to join with us as we develop new capabilities together.
We are developing new ways to provide understanding of our region and our connection to the world, and to explore the challenges and opportunities of our emerging, hyper-connected global economy.
How do we, together, design a regional information infrastructure to connect us in meaningful ways? How can we all be more resilient and creative?
These are big questions, and there is no script. We all are learning and changing in order to adapt to this new world. This can be hopeful and scary, clarifying and disorienting, fun and challenging.
Our company was founded in 1883 to print a newspaper in Cedar Rapids. Today we reach the world through our newspaper, broadcast, web and mobile offerings. Our role is changing as well as our tools and processes.
For 130 years, it was enough for us to provide reports about key events and issues to help stitch our community together and for our investigative journalism to dig deeper to bring uncomfortable facts to light. These services still are important – and we’re sticking with them. But, we know we can do more. We want to “think plus”.
The world has fundamentally changed in the last few years. Today, each of us can connect directly, substantively and authentically with any other individual in the world. Once connected, we can collaborate to create value. None of our existing institutions were designed for this new world. We know we need to design for this emerging environment.
Last year our company became owned by a trust for the benefit of the employees (ESOP). We all recognize that our company’s success is dependent on the success of our region, known as Iowa’s Creative Corridor. www.creativecorridor.co
We believe that by working together we accomplish more than we ever could alone. Together, we can develop shared understanding, build meaningful connections and uncover new possibilities. We cannot simply report on that. We need to construct it together.
That’s why we’re launching “We Create Here” — an effort that starts with engaging with you differently on selected topics, then reflecting that engagement online and in the Sunday Gazette. We plan to start first with the issues of economic development, business and innovation.
Kiran Sood and Sarah Binder have started developing new ways of engaging you, starting with stating our intent and collaborating to create narratives with your perspective and insight. I am helping them and will also be working with George Ford to reflect that work in the newspaper. Look for more details at www.thegazette.com/wecreatehere and in next Sunday’s newspaper.
We know you have perspectives. We’re asking for your input. If you have insights on making new things happen, reflections about this effort, or things you would like to learn more about, please contact us at email@example.com
Chuck Peters is President and CEO of The Gazette Company. The headline was suggested by Don Ross, of Cedar Rapids, who will be 93 years young next month. He also suggested the sub-headlines of “Look to the Future” and “Tell the Truth.”