Brainstorming: The Human Connection


SDHC, in cooperation with longtime SDHC scholar and educator, Lawrence Diggs, has developed a program to unite people during divisive times through genuine conversation.

Brainstorming: The Human Connection is a weekly discussion series led by Diggs with a focus on forging human relationships. This program is inspired by the guiding question, “How can we remove the invisible barriers that lead to misunderstandings and even tragedy?”

Audience participation is encouraged. Please note that meetings are recorded – If you would prefer not to be on the recording, you can attend and listen with your video and/or microphone turned off, or participate via Facebook.

Lawrence Diggs

“I get a deep and ecstatic satisfaction from people learning even one little thing about themselves or overcoming some block that was keeping them from progress in their lives. I believe these brainstorming discussions can lead to better understandings between people.” – L. Diggs

Upcoming Brainstorming Topics

June 23 | Lost&Found: Doing More for Mental Health – Erik Muckey serves as the CEO of Lost&Found, one of the region’s largest nonprofits focusing on comprehensive suicide prevention and postvention programs for young adults (ages 15-34) and their support networks.

June 30 | Universal Design – Leacey Brown, Gerontology Field Specialist, talks about the Voices for Home Modifications Coalition projects. Leacey is an expert on aging and modern solutions to the challenges of aging.

July 7 | Open Discussion with Lawrence Diggs – In a 1947 letter to a friend, Mahatma Ghandi declared, “You must not lose faith in humanity.” How has life over the past year affected how you view the world and your fellow human beings?

July 14 | Innoskate – Guest speaker Rose Ann Hofland talks about the collaboration between Levitt at the Falls, The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation, and USA Skateboarding on their one-of-a-kind “Innoskate” festival for the Oglala Lakota Nation in Pine Ridge and Sioux Falls. The Innoskate festival brings skateboarding and local communities together in a dynamic exploration of invention, creativity, fun, and freedom of expression.

NOTE: SDHC expects program participants to behave respectfully. Any questionable conduct may be considered grounds for removal from program participation.

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Brookings, SD 57006
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