Tulsa Community College Holds Best Thinking Forum

STEPPING UP: From left, Best Thinking Forum Co-Chair Phil Dessauer, Step Up Tulsa! Economic Development Initiative Co-Chair Barry Davis, University of Houston professor Peter Bishop and TCC President/CEO and BTF Co-Chair Dr. Tom McKeon attended the first Best Thinking Forum held Feb 21-22. The Forum is designed to get community leaders talking about the best thinking skills for responding to a rapidly changing and uncertain future. The Forum is a result of the Step Up Tulsa! initiative, designed to create community dialogue resulting in improvements in Tulsa.

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Tulsa Community College hosted the first Best Thinking Forum Feb. 21 and 22. The forum is designed to promote best thinking skills of community leaders and the general citizenry to help shape and sustain the highest level of quality of life in the Tulsa area.

The Best Thinking Forum is a result of Step Up Tulsa!, an initiative to create dialogue within the community resulting in bold goals to improve Tulsa.

Speaking at the first Forum was Peter Bishop, a University of Houston professor and coordinator of a “future studies” graduate program. He gave a presentation on best thinking skills for most effectively responding to a rapidly changing and uncertain future.

During the second session Feb. 22, a smaller group employed best thinking skills to begin preparing a roadmap for actual creation and operation of the Best Thinking Forum.

BTF will offer opportunities to identify and adopt best thinking skills and to learn how best to use those skills in addressing the region’s most critical challenges. It will serve as an Aspen Institute-like forum convening experts to share overall best thinking skills as well as skills to best address specific issues essential to Tulsa’s well being such as employment, demographics, education, health, civic engagement, community relations, healthy lifestyles, cultural opportunities and social service.

The Forum will foster the skilled use of data, trend analysis and creative problem solving. It will assure a learning community that constantly assesses its own strengths and weaknesses, gather relevant information and develops effective, lasting solutions.

The result, Forum leaders hope, will be a community with the ongoing acculturated habit of using the best possible thinking skills in all aspects of community improvement, a most fundamental characteristic for a sustained strong economy and high quality of life.

Updated 03-24-2008

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