C. R. GAZETTE'S IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE WAS A JOKE

11-6-17

Greetings, Zack Kucharski, Executive Editor Cedar Rapids Gazette, and all—

Your 560 word column in Sunday’s 9-17-17 Gazette blaringly announced the upcoming IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE that you wrote “dozens of Gazette staff members, state and local community partners, and mentors across the globe have spent months working on.”    And you also wrote, “When you create something new, you're never quite sure how it will turn out.” 

Iowalive agreed!  When you have no meaningful metrics or measurable goals or expectations for what you are doing, you certainly can’t be sure how it will turn out—or if your expectations were met or exceeded.   

For that reason, Iowalive net workers prepared the following table they used to evaluate and score the results of the listed segments of  the Conference.  You were asked to provide the metrics you preferred Iowalive to  use and you did not respond.  As a result, the metrics  in the table were based on the Gazette’s goofily stated goals for the Conference, by default.  It is noted the only mention the Gazette made about results of the Ideas Conference was  Davenport superintendent Art Tate whining about school funding, as reported in the 9-23-17 Gazette.  

CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE’S HIGHLY TOUTED IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE WAS A JOKE

SCORES FOR CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE'S IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE  http://www.thegazette.com/iowaideas    HELD 9-20 THROUGH 9-22-2017

Participants Who Jumped Across Topics--%

 Participants Who Met New People--%

Participants Who Found Common Ground--%

Participants Who Learned Something That Surprised Them or Challenged Them To Act--%

The Gazette's goal of the Conference is  for participants to "Jump Across Topics, Meet New People, Find Common Ground or Learn Something That Surprises You or Challenges You To Act!"

IOWALIVE'S EVALUATIONS AND SCORES OF THURSDAY'S 4 IOWA IDEAS FEATURED SESSIONS FOUND ON GAZETTE WEBSITE   http://www.thegazette.com/iowaideas/schedule . Details of Each Session Can be Accessed by Clicking the Links Provided.  Source:  Cedar Rapids Gazette and Iowalive  9-25-17 

21%

21%

10%

5%

4 SESSIONS OF IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE

9%

9%

4%

3%

1.  Creating healthy school climates

Session Results Summary: 

K-12 Education

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Thursday, 9:45AM - 10:45AM

1%

1%

1%

0%

Featured Speaker: Liz Cox - Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

1%

1%

1%

0%

Featured Speaker: Lane Plugge - Chief Administrator, Green Hills AEA

7%

7%

2%

2%

Featured Speaker: Jan Powers - Doctoral Student and Reseacher, University of Iowa

 

 

3%

3%

2%

0%

2.   Automation in the workforce

Session Results Summary: 

Regionalism Workforce

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Thursday, 9:45AM - 10:45AM

Automation, robotics, machine learning and other new technologies are quickly impacting Iowa's workplaces - and blue-collar jobs aren't the only ones at risk. How can we educate Iowans and prepare our industries for the next generation of work?...

2%

3%

1%

0%

Featured Speaker: Dan Reed - Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa

1%

0%

0%

0%

Featured Speaker: Kerty Levy - Entrepreneur, Strategy Advisor

0%

0%

1%

0%

Featured Speaker: Michele Farrell - Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Program Coordinator, Measured Intentions

 

 

4%

4%

1%

1%

3.  The latest in soil and water conservation

Session Results Summary: 

Agriculture

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Thursday, 11:00AM - NOON

Comparing and contrasting different conservation methods, including opportunities, potential drawbacks and costs - with an emphasis on soil health, water quality and what's really working for farmers....

3%

3%

1%

1%

Featured Speaker: Curt Zingula - Farmer, Zingula Farms

0%

0%

0%

0%

Featured Speaker: Matt Helmers - Dean's Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University

1%

1%

0%

0%

Featured Speaker: Ken Moore - Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University

 

 

5%

5%

3%

1%

4.  The future of autonomous driving in Iowa

Session Results Summary: 

Transportation

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Thursday, 11:00AM - NOON

A look at the policy, infrastructure and safety impacts of self-driving cars, plus economic development efforts to attract this emerging industry to Iowa....

3%

4%

2%

0%

Featured Speaker: Daniel McGehee - Director, National Advanced Driving Simulator

2%

1%

1%

1%

Featured Speaker: Tom Banta - Director of Strategic Growth, Iowa City Area Development Group

0%

0%

0%

0%

Featured Speaker: Scott Marler - Director of Traffic Operations, Iowa Department of Transportation

Numbers Were Derived Using Iowalive's Proprietary Algorithms and Database

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers Is Asked to Provide Then

 

The Iowa Ideas Conference was held and you have yet to acknowledge these better ideas for a better Iowa Ideas Conference.  

“Have featured speakers to present ideas for improving schools, cities’, counties’ and state governments’ operating efficiencies and integrities--and to make much better use of existing funding rather than demanding more, or whining about increased funding that is less than they demanded, and they bogusly call a ‘cut’ ”.    

Did you ignore Iowalive’s ideas because the Iowalive post led you to realize a comedian featured speaker would get high % scores for meeting "Jump Across Topics, Meet New People, Find Common Ground or Learn Something That Surprises You or Challenges You To Act"  conference goals?

Such meaningless goals are similar to Governor Vilsack and the Iowa Dept. of Education adopting the lowest student proficiency standard in the Midwest, and Iowa schools didn’t meet it and sought waivers for poor performance!  And you and the Gazette (and wannabe governor, Cedar Rapids mayor Ron Corbett) won’t acknowledge, report or complain about it.  Neither will the Des Moines Register.    That’s the way it is as found in the following links!

HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE  LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST

3rd GRADE READING, FAST TEST SCORE SCHOOL DISTRICT RANKINGS 

Is this Heaven?  NO!!  It’s Iowa!

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Sincerely,

 

Iowalive   A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa