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BEAM aligned community projects

 The following are technology projects that OpenBeam is tracking and has made some amount of contributions to:

Project Phase 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
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.

Global Economic and Cultural Exchange (ECCEX)

Impacting: Business Process ; Diversity and Inclusion

Led by : TBD
Description Many Rochester groups have individual efforts to increase cultural and trade relationship with emerging global markets. These efforts can be made more effective if coordinated and they receive a local leadership sponsorship from local governments and business leaders. Rochester-MN with its DMC initiative is in a unique position to play a brokering role.

Maintain and Evolve the 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points (Community Dashboard)


Led by :
Description The 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points report has been available since Oct. 2016. The new project is to look at ways to maintain and sustain the dashboard. Working with Minnesota Compass to implement a social indicators dashboard that measures progress in Olmsted County. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.

Virtual Financial Support for Nonprofit


Led by :
Description Small nonprofits typically rely on nonprofit principals or volunteers to do their books, make payrolls, invoices and make payments. They use Quickbook but do not always have the skill or knowledge to be efficient in their accounting systems. OpenBeam is piloting migrating local Quickbook installation the cloud to make time-sheet processing, book-keeping and financial reporting to be done remotely and securely.

OpenBeam Activating Technologies Project

Impacting: STEM

Led by :
Description Introduce the use of collaboration technologies, business process alignment to non-profit and small businesses

Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium


Led by : Family Service Rochester, Diversity Council, IMAA
Description Local nonprofits are working collaboratively to develop shared services to increase operational efficiencies. The top priorities identified by the community are health insurance, IT tech support, and joint purchasing.

Asian Pacific MN Complete Count 2020 Project

Impacting: Asian American and Pacific Islander

Led by : Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM)
Description Previous Census efforts have identified “hard to count” communities, including Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals, immigrants and refugees, and children under the age of 4. Given what we know about our API communities statewide, our Council believes that a complete count committee dedicated specifically to our community is in the interest of the state of Minnesota. Therefore, we invite you to join the API Complete Count Committee (CCC), to ensure that all API Minnesotans participate fully in the 2020 Census.

Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

Impacting: Society

Led by : City of Rochester, MN
Description The Intercultural City Initiative is a bold effort on the part of a wide variety of organizations and individuals to align the collective power, creativity, expertise, and energy of our cities toward a future of inclusive growth. Inspired by the comprehensive and coordinated approach of the Council of Europe Intercultural City program, Minnesota’s Intercultural City Initiative is focused on using high leverage influence strategies to realize this future faster.

OpenBeam: A "For Purpose" Enterprise


Led by :
Description Exploring the building out of Open Beam as a "For-Purpose" entity to support community initiatives. Many social/economical development initiatives suffer from vertical organizational structures that have their origin in the industrial age of emphasizing command and control. Vertical structures are silo in nature and do not facilitate cross structural information sharing and individual accountability. They inadvertently create distrust and thwart innovation. This project builds out the Open Beam entity to demonstrate how a “For-Purpose” dynamic organization works. The result is that Open Beam’s way of doing work becomes a proof point that we should let go of the traditional organizational model and adopt a holacratic framework to mobilize team effort. In so doing, Open Beam will help area non-profit or small organizations become more effective in their governance and their use of cloud technologies.

SharePoint Usage Enablement

Impacting: Technology Enablement

Led by :
Description MS SharePoint and Office 365 have been adopted and installed by many area non-profits, which is a good step toward cloud-based collaboration so that information and document sharing can take place outside the office. However, much of the power of SharePoint is not known to these organizations, such as how it can be used to build intranet/extranet websites and workflow applications that manage essential operations such as contact (Client/Donor) management. This project will lead to: (1) Getting small non-profits to better use SharePoint and (2) Build simple CRM (or other apps) to demonstrate the quick app development capability of SharePoint.

Community Beam to enable community collaboration

Impacting: Business Process ; Technology Enablement

Led by :
Description Many best-practiced communities have implemented community web-based dashboards to provide a "read-out" of the health and wellness metrics of the community. DMCC's website is a push technology and not so much as social, collaborative virtual teaming site. Olmsted County, Mayo, OMG (and others) have just completed a community health study and published a report. We should go further and have a plan to be more agile and responsive in changing statistics by implementing a dashboard.

Minnesota Compass


Led by : Wilder Research
Description Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Led by Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass provides nonpartisan, credible information and tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing, and a host of others. Data and analysis on gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities.

Rochester Public Library's Community Networks Website


Led by : Rochester Public Library
Description Rochester Public Library's website with links to various Olmsted County resources.

SE Mn Transportation Projects Information Portal


Led by :
Description Efficient, 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.